Interview with Amelia Boynton Robinson
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU THIS QUESTION OFF CAMERA AND HAVE JUST JON ROLL ON THE ANSWER.

Amelia Boynton Robinson:

Dr. King had planned on coming in and leading that march. But his aides told him no, don't you go. No doubt they had a feeling that something was going to happen, but he came in immediately after that night and they had a meeting after I came out of the hospital. We had a meeting and he said, "We are going to march regardless." And someone said, "We have to reorganize." He had had contact with President Johnson and President Johnson said, "Don't march until I federalize the troops." Dr. King was very much disturbed because all over the country and foreign countries people said, "We're coming and we're going to march," and he said, "I don't know what to do because the people are coming in and they want to march. But President Johnson says it'll be dangerous because the troops have not been federalized and he will federalize the troops." After having gotten together, we decided that we will make an attempt to march the next Sunday. And if they say that we couldn't go through then we will kneel and pray. The next Sunday we started another march...