Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

When did you think you couldn't compromise with segregation in this instance, that segregationists couldn't compromise with you, and was this the most important lesson of the boycott?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

This is the most important lesson of the boycott. And we learned it very, very early. That is where we appealed the case of Mrs. Rosa Parks. I would say we learned this lesson about the sixth or seventh day of the bus boycott. Because we knew that the system was not willing to tolerate, and we had to go higher, we had to go to the Supreme Court to get the justice we needed.