Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

BUT LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT ONE OF THE REWARDS OF IT, ALL RIGHT? ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MUST HAVE FELT GOOD ABOUT IS, PRESIDENT JOHNSON CALLING FOR…

Coretta Scott King:

Oh, I did. When I, I was, I was alone in my bedroom when President Johnson gave that speech, the "We Shall Overcome speech," is what we call it, and I was talking to the television. I kept saying, "They finally got the message. They finally got the message." And I was saying, "Oh, this is great. This is great." Then he would say, "We shall overcome, and we shall overcome." And I just, you know, I had nobody to talk to because I was alone. The kids—I think the kids might have been asleep—but you know, here I was, in my bedroom, just feeling such a great thrill. You know, to have the President, you know, saying these things, which I thought the whole nation would somehow begin to feel. And I think that did happen. that was a great moment for us.