Interview with Ralph Abernathy
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

So the staff was never in shock?

RALPH ABERNATHY:

There were people who, individual people who, ah, would cry and, ah, weep. Andrew Young was the first one. Ah, ah, that had to make his way to ah, an area where he could give vent to his feelings. Ah. I had to cry. But I didn't cry until the next day when I saw Mrs. King, Coretta, coming for the body. I had held it back, all of my pent-up emotions, but I could not face Mrs. King without ah, knowing grief and giving vent to grief. Because I, I knew that ah, how, how much she had sacrificed and given in the cause of letting her husband lead the movement without any strings attached.