Interview with Dr. William Anderson
QUESTION 10
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST SOMETHING TO YOU THAT ANDY YOUNG HAS SUGGESTED THAT PERHAPS WHEN DR. KING CAME IN HE WAS REALLY TO JUST EXPECTING TO GIVE A SPEECH ONE NIGHT, SPEAK AT THE CHURCH, AND THEN SUDDENLY HE WAS DRAWN INTO DEMONSTRATING THE NEXT DAY AND GETTING ARRESTED. HE GOT IN DEEPER, FASTER THAN HE EVER EXPECTED TO.

Dr. William G. Anderson:

If I was to say that this was the first major spontaneous civil rights movement in America, you can believe that that's factual. Neither Dr. King, nor Abernathy, nor Anderson, or Andy Young or anyone else involved had experienced such spontaneity. So Dr. King, right, he came there with not even an overnight bag or a toothbrush. Responded to my call, and I do not anticipate that he expected to get as intimately involved with the Albany Movement as he did.** It was infectious. Contagious. And even Dr. King could not resist it.