Interview with Juanita Abernathy

OK, Mrs. Abernathy, let's begin with what you think the role of women in SCLC in the movement was.


Hm. We were the movement. I guess that's a, an easy way to put it but, but technically yes. Um, the men sort of ran things but the women were actually the bodies. We were the foot soldiers. We were the protesters, the demonstrators. Women and children. And, and y--and teenagers. I won't say children. There was some little ones too. But um, we had a tremendous role because when there was a demonstration, when there was sit-in, women sat in and, and young people. College students and, and women. Um. The men ran the movement, but we were the actual bodies that made it happen.