Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

In Birmingham when Dr. King got there to participate in meeting that movement, it was really just after the birth of his daughter and we're struck by the fact that it seems his personal life was—he had to balance both sides, the personal and the life of being the leader of the movement. How hard was that for him? What did you observe as he tried to balance both halves of his life?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

He did it in marvelous and magnificent fashion. He was an excellent father, and an excellent husband, and he would take Coretta to, Mrs. King, to the hospital. And Mrs. King is a very, very strong person and if she needed to go home without him, she understood. She knew that what he engaged in. And he was, he was just very happy together and we had made up in our minds that we had a job to do.