Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

We hear that blacks gathered dynamite themselves that night and ammunition and guns. They were so angered by what had happened. What about that, do you know anything about that?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

Well, they didn't use guns because of our teachings. Martin Luther King Jr. held to the fact that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth would end up with a blind society and a toothless generation. And he would say in most of his speeches, every time, Jesus says to every potential Peter, put down thy sword, for he that fighteth by the sword must perish by the sword. And he would go on to say, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of Host.