Interview with Marian Logan
QUESTION 22
PAUL STECKLER:

You were talking about the phone calls you were getting, ah, the President called, can you tell us about--

MARIAN LOGAN:

Well now, he didn't call, I didn't know that he called, I picked up my phone and the line was open, and I said, "Hello." And this voice said, "Mrs. Logan?" and I said, "Yes." She said, "This is the White House, will you leave your line open." And I said, "Well all right." And she said, "You do have another line in your house don't you?" And I said, "Yes, we have another line." "Well leave it open please, because President Johnson would like to speak." Well he didn't get on right away, and Ramsey Clark got on, and we commiserated awhile about how horrible it all was. At that moment, it had not been announced on the news, we were watching "Huntley-Brinkley", that Martin was dead. But of course as it turned out, he had died almost immediately. But they were trying to put people in place, in Memphis and all over the country before they announced his death. And of course, as it turned out, you know, the country went crazy. And, ah, later on, the President got on, and he wanted to get ideas about what we suggested should be done. We felt, one of the things should be that he meet, he the President, meet with the other leaders, remaining leaders like Whitney Young, and Roy Wilkins, and Bayard Rustin and Dorothy Height.

PAUL STECKLER:

Can I cut you for one second?

MARIAN LOGAN:

Surely.