Interview with William Rutherford
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

If he had come through that door, what would he say?

WILLIAM RUTHERFORD:

He would have said, "Well, this has been a tumultuous time but let's stop the nonsense now and get back to work." He was a very dedicated, devoted man and the only thing on his mind essentially was advancing the cause of civil rights in America and in the world. Dr. King, in that sense, as you know was not parochial at all. He was concerned about advancing, really the cause of human rights in the world.

INTERVIEWER:

Can you do that line again but preface it with I almost expect him to come through the door and then he would have said, so... Your feeling and then the expectation of coming through, and what he would have said. So how were you feeling.

WILLIAM RUTHERFORD:

Yes, it was such a feeling of disbelief. I actually expected Dr. King to come through the door at any moment and stop the tumult, stop the chaos and the pandemonium, and said, "That's enough. Let's get back to work." That's actually what I expected to happen.

INTERVIEWER:

That's great. Cut.