Interview with William Rutherford

Right after the assassination, how did you feel about Resurrection City? Did you feel it would really succeed, that it could succeed? It was something that you had to do for his legacy?


Well, after the assassination, we continued with the Poor People's Campaign, in part because of the momentum that had been generated prior to his death. But also because it was the agenda that had been set by the leader and who, given the horrendous events, ah, taking place, would ever have even considered changing the agenda, who would have had the authority and the weight, the vision. No one ever surfaced that could have given us a valid reason for changing Dr. King's plan. On the contrary his assassination probably, ah, made the need, ah, to go ahead with the program, ah, more deeply entrenched and more deeply felt than prior to his, ah, death. We followed the agenda that the leader had set. And there was no further discussion as to whether or not there would be a Poor People's Campaign. If people had ever wanted to avoid having a Poor People's Campaign, they certainly, ah, achieved exactly the opposite result by murdering it's, ah, leader and, ah, chief thinker.