Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 16
JACKIE SHEARER:

So, Mrs. King, I'd like to get a sense of the pace of your husband's meeting with the people who are organizing in February and March and let's focus on March 23rd when he took Marty and Dexter with him to rural Georgia.

CORETTA SCOTT KING:

Martin was away so much of the time that, ah, he looked forward to occasions when he could take the children with him, and Marty and Dexter were able to go with him to Georgia, rural Georgia. And, ah, they were, ah, so excited it meant that they could spend, you know, a whole day, whatever time it was with their father, and, ah, ah, now, they, they were just genuinely excited and, ah, Martin, too was excited because, you know, he was very concerned about his father role and, ah, spending time with the children. And he saw this as a time he could spend with his sons. And he knew how much it meant to them, but he also it meant, it also meant a great deal to him. And, Dexter of course, being younger, I'm sure, he, he got tired quicker than Marty. So he was, ah, talking about how, you know, how, how daddy, ah, worked so hard and how he, you know, went so long and how he seemed never to get tired and that was the way it was. It seemed that he, ah, of course he got tired. But I think he was inspired with the whole idea but it was hard work to do what he did. I mean it is very tiring, you know, to travel and, you know, it was like a, almost like a political campaign 365 days of the year. I would say to, to Martin, you know, "The movement is like a political campaign, but you never take a break, it never ends, it's continuous, ah, year-after-year." Ah, and that's- the Poor People's Campaign was one of those frantic periods, ah, where it seems that, ah, you know, Martin was just continually going and he had so much anxiety about all this working out and making it happen successfully. But, ah, I think one of the wonderful moments in the family, was when the children could be with him for that length of time.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, Cut.