Interview with Ralph Abernathy

We were talking about the organizing for the Poor People's Campaign, especially in the Southern states. Can you describe what it was like organizing the campaign, any stories you might remember?


Well, we did a great deal of, ah, planning and work while organizing for the Pe--Poor People's campaign. Ah, we used, ah, cars, and we used small chartered airplanes, and we went to, all over the state of Mississippi and, ah, Alabama. Ah, and where poor people lived, trying to organize and get them aroused. Ah, the Southern leg was to go to Washington, in large, large numbers. And ah, when Dr. King and I, ah, was devoted to this whole idea, and we wanted to personally contact as many people, ah, and we'd travel, and ate from grocery stores, from general stores, and travel on the backward roads.