Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy
QUESTION 11
CALLIE CROSSELY:

OK, so again, the impact it had on you as a young man when you heard about that.

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

Yes, it had great impact on me because I was greatly disturbed that another black man had been mistreated and murdered and killed, and we were helpless, and we could not do anything about it. At that particular time, we just had to live in fear and with fear because the state of Mississippi would not do anything about it. The Federal government would not do anything about it, and we were just hopeless. That was a hopeless case, and a helpless case. We lived with the idea that I am glad that it did not happen to me. And it is unfortunate, but we looked forward to the day that it would happen to me. I looked forward to the day that it would happen to me. And so, consequently it was a horrible, horrible experience.