Interview with William Lucy
QUESTION 44
PAUL STECKLER:

OK, you're at the temple, and the crowd is expectant. And in walks Dr. Abernathy. What happened?

WILLIAM LUCY:

Well, we had, the, the, the, we in the union and the, ah, those who had gathered expected Dr. King that night. But bear in mind that that was a, a dreadful night. I mean it was just a terrible night in terms of the weather. And the expectation was that the crowd would not be very large. Ah, Dr. Abernathy came over, ah, to deliver, ah, the, the main address. And that, there was such enthusiasm that, in effect, it almost demanded that Dr. King come over and speak. And, ah, Ralph then sent word back that, the Doc had to come over.