Interview with Rev. Ralph Abernathy

What was your feeling when you went into Selma? What did you think that campaign was going to be like?

Rev. Ralph Abernathy:

Well, I thought it was the successful campaign because at this point in my life I had become terribly committed and determined and I was going to, back home, Selma was the closest, fairly large city to my native London, Alabama. And the people that ran Selma knew me personally, and my sisters and my brothers were all employed in the school system of Selma, not Selma, but of Marengo County, Alabama. And so, the marches came from my native Marengo County, Alabama.