Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy
QUESTION 51
CALLIE CROSSELY:

You needed to say to me fully what the lesson was that you couldn't compromise in the boycott. You said it was the most important lesson. I just need you to say what was the most important lesson.

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

The most important lesson was that segregation had no place in the life of America. And we was, we were not going to compromise. We and the system, the leaders of the system, was not going to compromise so consequently, we needed a ruling from the United States Supreme Court.