Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

Wyatt Tee Walker said when he bidded his wife goodbye in preparation for going to Birmingham, he didn't think he'd see her again. He didn't expect to come out alive. Did you have that feeling going into Birmingham?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

Well, I was prepared on the day, on the day of the— for the, whatever would come. I was prepared to accept it because I was totally committed to justice and equality, and I knew what I had to do to change the system, and I had made up in my mind that before I would be a slave I would be buried in my grave and go on home to my lord and be free. So, if death met me I had paid my dues. I sought to treat my wife and children right. I believe that I am the best husband in the world. I believe that I am the finest daddy that ever walked the streets of America, or of the world. And so I lived like that each and every day.