Interview with William Rutherford
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

It's in the aftermath of Dr. King's death. Tell me what you were feeling and what that expectation was?

WILLIAM RUTHERFORD:

After Dr. King's death my personal feeling was one of such unbelief, disbelief for days and I would say even weeks after the actual event. I was convinced that he would be there again. That he would come in at any minute and the world would continue in the sensible way it had been, it had been going before he was killed. I could not accept the fact of his death for many months, in fact, after, after the fact. And I'm sure that was true for many people. Dr. King was such a presence and his presence was felt and, so deeply and so penetratingly and so many of us, I think he was and is, ah, with us after his death and continues to be with us.