Interview with Marian Logan

Did you feel that the Poor People's Campaign, how it'd affect his credibility as a leader, and how well it was gonna be organized?


I was, I was afraid, that our group, the people in our organization were not gonna be enough to handle a country-wide mass of people. You know, there were a lot more people I think than we had expected would come. People were, and Martin would just say, "Y'all come!" and people were coming from everywhere, all over the country. Black, White, Indians, Mexicans, everything. And I didn't know how we were gonna control that, and keep it, ah, really non-violent which was the main thing because, ah, Martin would've been just overwhelmed had anything, ah, not gone non-violently. As the shock on his face the night before in Memphis, when they took him out of the march, he, Martin was not afraid for himself, as many people interpreted it, said, "Martin looked like he was scared." It wasn't that thing, Martin was so shocked that anything relating to violence could be around him. He just couldn't believe that such a thing could happen.