Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

Moving into Albany, you know, the leadership for both you and Dr. King in Montgomery was sort of thrust upon you, but in Albany there may have been a different situation. Was his leadership different in those two situations, as you can recall?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

Yes, it, his leadership was different in Albany, Georgia from the leadership that he displayed in Montgomery, Alabama. They had their own local leaders in Albany. Dr. W.G. Anderson was there, and he was well qualified and well able to lead the movement, but he wanted Dr. King and myself there as co-leaders of the movement. And so consequently we had to strategize and work in such a way to keep the local leadership alive and let them announce many of the decisions.