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Betty Wisdom interview, Part 10
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Betty Wisdom describes her work running two city-wide elections for the Human Relations Committee. She describes her close relationship in politics with her cousin Mary Zervigon. She continues to discuss politics in New Orleans, through her work with various projects and city organizations, including the Friends of the Zoo and the Park Commission. Rogers asks Wisdom to explain family influences in more detail, particularly how her family influenced her activism. She continues to detail family dynamics and the personalities of her parents, including their social views and opinions on Race relations. When Rogers asks about her most rewarding experiences in life, Wisdom answers that through her activism she "really started to live in 1960." She admits that she also enjoyed some of the power and prestige which has resulted from this work. She adds that her most rewarding work had been with Save Our Schools and the Park Commission and that in the former capacity she learned "what utter fools most of the local business community are." She adds her perception that women have been more involved in the important behind-the-scenes work: "I found out during that time how little men actually do of the things people commonly think they do. Women do those things."
Amistad Research Center
Box 8, Item 22, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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