Interview with Coretta Scott King

Can you tell me about Bunny's first march.


Ah, yes. We had planned to not take Bunny because she was 3 years-old and we felt that because it was so hot, as a matter of fact, the hottest day of the year, ah, in July, July 10th that we would get a babysitter and leave them in the apartment. We took her to the rally. My husband said after we got to the rally and she started, ah, asking if she could march. She said, "You know I want to march. When are we going to march? Mommy, when are we going to march?" And of course, ah, you know, I was hoping that I could find a way to, to distract her from, ah, you know, the whole thing. And finally Martin said, "Oh, let's take her." And we decided to take her. So all of the children, ah, and Bunny and Martin and myself and the whole, ah, crowd of, I don't know, thousands marched towards City Hall. And as we marched toward City Hall, little Bunny, ah, got tired and, ah, Andy Young put her on his shoulders and he carried her for a large part of the distance. Between Andy Young and Bernard Lee they carried her all the way to City Hall. And of course I could see her head bobbing up and down as we walked along, on his shoulders. And we got to City Hall where Martin, ah, ah, nailed the demands on the door of City Hall, ah, which was, ah, the symbolism, ah, was very much like that of Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, of, when he nailed his thesis on the door of Wittenberg. And, ah, Bunny did not get to see City Hall because she was fast asleep. Ah, I certainly wish somehow that I could have a film of that or a photograph of it because it was very special since it was the first time that all of us had marched together.