Interview with William Lucy

King's first speech at the Mason Temple, March 18th, what stands out to you, what was most vivid about what you remember that night?


I think, what I remember from that night of that first speech was the incredible ability that King had to understand and interpret the, ah, the issues and what was taking place. Ah, he had not been there before, and he had had the most minimal of briefings. But he clearly understood that the, the struggle was really about a new kind of people, people who worked 40 hours a week and still lived in poverty, and he was able to, to, ah, arrange his presentation to demonstrate to the crowd that he understood this, ah, and to give them a sense that, ah, that their struggle was a legitimate struggle, and that they had every right to carry out.