LG052 Interviews: Mary Ann Hooper; Johnny Jackson (LG052Goreau_Side1)
Side 1: Interview with Mary Ann Hooper on 1972-09-22, continued from another tape. Side 2: Interview with Johnny Jackson at Laurraine Goreau's hotel room in Los Angeles, California on 1972-09-22, continued on Tape ID: LG073. Abstract for Hooper: [00:00-30:18] In LG052Goreau_Side1, Mary Ann Hooper begins in the middle of a story about Mahalia Jackson speaking at an event for Jesse Jackson. Hooper discusses Jackson's admiration for Martin Luther King and her preference for King's peaceful activism. Hooper recalls her experience as one of the few white people in Jackson's inner circle and Jackson's thoughts on race – 4:32. Hooper and Goreau comment on Jackson's feelings of inferiority due to her lack of formal education – 6:45. Hooper also talks about Jackson's ability to use her influence in order to help her friends and specifically mentions a time when she stepped in to help King obtain use of Soldier Field for a rally after he was previously denied – 14:29. They discuss Jackson's involvement in local and national politics and the political influence she had in the black community. Hooper speaks fondly about Jackson phoning her on occasion just to talk and sing – 27:50.