Gladys Avery Tillett:
So we planned the meeting in a public meeting hall, had it reserved and got all set. And then the campaign got tense and feeling ran high. And the political leaders decided that we better not have the meeting. So... they didn't come to see me. They went to see my husband. He said, "Well, I'll take your message home. I'll talk to her. And I'll let you know what she says." So he came home and said ... he mentioned the names of the political leaders... They went to your husband and he brought the message... And said that they had become concerned and that they had asked him to ask me if I would be willing not to have the meeting. And of course there was silence. He didn't say anything else. He just brought me the message. I thought about it a little while and I said, "Well, I am not willing, because I went to every one of them, talked it over with them and told them I wanted the women to have the opportunity to hear the people they were going to be called on to vote for. And I won't stop it." And he said, "Congratulations."

- Gladys Avery Tillett, head of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee, 1940-1950

Interview with Gladys Avery Tillett by Jacquelyn Hall, March 20, 1974, Interview G-0061, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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