I want to go back to the Poor People's Campaign--
Specifically starting again when I first heard, because I know that you had qualms about the tenor of the times and the possible effect on Dr. King.
So, let me start the question again. How did you feel about the Poor People's Campaign and why?
When I first heard about it, I was really very apprehensive. I thought that as it began to develop, or as I heard about how it was developing, it was becoming much too big and unwieldy for us to be able to handle. And, ah, also considering the tenor of the times, I wasn't sure that it could be a success. I wasn't sure that Congress, and the powers that be in Washington D.C., would be welcoming because it wasn't like '63 which was such a glorious march and glorious day, you know. This bringing of poor people to the seat of government was like, you know, throwing it in their faces, and I don't think too many of the officialdom of Washington was gonna take that with any great grace. So I had many reservations about it, and after thinking about it for a long time, and speaking to my husband about it, and other friends. I've devised this memo, and, ah, I sent it to Martin. And at the same time, I sent copies to every member of the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, because Martin had a way of getting my letters, and messages, and memos, and things, and we would laugh and talk about, but he would never tell anybody else, you know. And, ah, I felt this was something that was very important, that the board as a whole should know about it. And, ah, Martin was very unhappy with me about that.
And then the last week before he died.
And then you had a long evening with you and your husband and Dr. King--