Interview with Amelia Boynton Robinson
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE MAD ABOUT THAT. DID YOU THINK THAT WAS ANYTHING FOR, THAT WAS THE PROPER THING TO DO, WAS TO TURN AROUND? YOU FELT, YOU AGREED WITH DR. KING?

Amelia Boynton Robinson:

Yes, I agreed with him knowing that the whites felt that these people, people of color were not human beings. Dr. King was very much disturbed, and he said, "I want to please these people who have come in to help me. Yet, I don't want to jeopardize their lives knowing that there are many white people who were as state troopers and who had been deputized, would do anything, because the shedding of the blood of a black man was no more than killing a deer, or killing a rabbit…"and these were the things that we all feared. However, with the determination I had, I knew I had only one time to die. Well, Dr. King said, "I don't know what to do. Will you decide? Let us get together and decide what we are going to do." Some said, "March on, we will go regardless." Some said, "Suppose we wait until we hear from Dr—from the President of the United States." Then he decided that we would wait after we were turned around, and Dr. King was leading that group where we prayed and turned around.