Interview with Ralph Abernathy

Thinking at that moment, what shape were you and the leadership of SCLC in? How did you get into the Poor People's Campaign then?


Well, we vowed that we were going to stand together and stick together. Jim Bevel, speaking for the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said, "I loved Dr. King in many respects. I loved Dr. King more than I loved Jesus. But Dr. King is now dead. But we have our leader. And our leader is Ralph David Abernathy. And we are going on to Washington, but by the way of Memphis."