Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING'S ROLE AS LEADER OF THE MONTGOMERY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT MOVEMENT, I'M SORRY, AND RALPH ABERNATHY'S ROLE AS WELL?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Well, they were two bosom buddies, I think. We called them the twins, you know. Later on they became, we became known as the Big Three of the Movement 'cause I had the Birmingham Movement. Martin and Ralph were in Montgomery and they were so close and so eye to eye and did things together that Dr. King even designated Ralph as his heir apparent if anything happened to him. You know Ralph became president of the movement after Dr. King's death. When really C.K. Steel, of Tallahassee, was to become. But Dr. King and Abernathy were so close, went through so much together, and they spoke as one and they were one in so far as we were concerned.