Interview with Coretta Scott King


Coretta Scott King:

Well, we didn't actually have a celebration of that kind. Martin helped the following to understand that you—when you have a, a victory, or when you, you achieve the goal that you've set, that you don't—you take it humbly. He said, when we go back to the buses, we're not going to go back bragging about the fact that you know, we won, but that we go back, and we try to win friends with those people, you know, who were not friendly with us before, because part of the process of nonviolence is to achieve a reconciliation of when, when the struggle has been won. And if you do it nonviolently, it is, it is more—it is easier to have that, that kind of, of a reconciliation take place. But if it's violent, then it's almost impossible. And so where we had a great sense of fulfillment in what we had done—and Montgomery itself was a period in my life that I just—I feel, I felt so much fulfillment. It was a realization of a lot of things in terms of where I should be, what I should be doing with my own life. I came to realize that, that I was supposed to be involved in, and to be there, that when I had made the decision to marry Martin that that was the decision that would determine my destiny. I knew that, but then I—it was like having a realization and then a moment of truth, in the situation that reaffirmed the feeling that I had that perhaps this would lead to when I made the decision, that it would lead to a different kind of life. And that there was a destiny involved. So this was sort of like yeah, there had to be, because this kind of thing could never just happen. Not in Montgomery, Alabama. Not, you know, here's a young man who'd not had any experience, but all of a sudden he emerges as the leader and the spokesperson, and a great hero of the people. A great symbol of the aspirations and hopes of, of millions of people by that time.