Interview with Tom Turnipseed

What happened with the campaign after King's death?


Well, it, I think it probably picked up a little steam, the campaign did, when, when Dr. King was shot. And then, of course, I think Bobby Kennedy was assassinated too along at that time, there was a lot of apprehension about, whether or not there would be an attempt on Governor Wallace's life. He had a lot of threats too. But I kn--it, it seemed like that, that type of unrest, you know, and, and what happened just after Dr. King was, uh, was assassinated in Memphis, with the riots in the Northern cities, it helped the momentum of our campaign a lot. You know, it brought out all the anti-civil rights feelings of the particular ethnic groups in the North, and, uh, it benefited Wallace's candidacy a great deal.