Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

COULD WE STOP FOR A MOMENT PLEASE? I'M SORRY. YOU HAD GOTTEN TO THE POINT OF SAYING THAT YOU WERE REALLY UPSET. I THINK WE CAN TELL, I THINK WE CAN TELL ABOUT LEADING UP TO THE CALL FROM JOHN KENNEDY BUT IF YOU WOULD JUST TELL US ABOUT GETTING IT. WE CAN, WE CAN TELL HOW, HOW YOU, YOU TRIED TO GET THROUGH TO HIM. BUT IF YOU COULD JUST TELL US WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HEAR FROM HIM AND WHAT THAT MEANT.

Coretta Scott King:

Let me—Martin disliked being in jail, as I said, intensely, and while I was trying to think of a way to get to see him, eight hours, maybe, away by car and being pregnant, I had this very uplifting thing to happen. And it was a call from Senator Kennedy, John F. Kennedy. He called and said, "Mrs. King how are you? I understand that you are expecting your third child, and I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you, and Dr. King, and concerned about your well-being. This must be very difficult for you." And I said, "Yes, it is." And he said, "Well, I just want you to know that if there's anything I can do, to be of help, to please call on me. Feel free to call on me." And I said, " Well I appreciated this so much, and I would appreciate anything that you could do to be of help," ‘cause I didn't know what else to say. I was really not quite sure what the motivation was of this call. He was running for office, and, and this was just a few days before the election, in November—in October, late October, and I, I understood all the political implications, so I didn't know what to say. But I was very pleased—