Interview with Albert Raby

What stage was the movement at when you invited Dr. King?


We had spent the entire summer marching from Buckingham Fountain to various locations in the city. Those marches had gone from 25,000 to nine, diminished to nine, when the Chicago Daily News announced that the summer was over as a result of our calling off the marches. So that we had dissipated I think, most of our energy at that point. And when Martin agreed to come to Chicago it re-energized the entire movement and allowed us to come back, ah, as a coalition, to form around him, and to start again.