NOW, THAT DAY WAS JANUARY 2ND, 1965, WHICH WAS THE FIRST BIG MEETING HERE IN TOWN, UH, WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS COMING. WHEN HE CAME THAT DAY AND WALKED INTO THE CHURCH, I MEAN WHAT WAS IT LIKE THEN.
It was a, a feeling that is very difficult for me to explain however, it was like Santa Claus had come to town. That's the best way that I could describe it simply because even after the big meeting, uh, Rachel and myself talked about Dr. King so many times without even knowing him. But the way that people talked about this man, he was like Jesus and we were looking forward to meeting him. And we had come to this meeting that night that he was to arrive at Brown's Chapel Church and when he came in the door to come up to the pulpit, people began to stand on their feet, clap their hands, you could just see the enthusiasm the expressions from people from the way they clapped their hands and the I began to sing, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, and we did the same thing we were just following them. And it was amazing, it was an amazing feeling for me and sometimes when I listened to him right now I can still feel that same feeling because it was just an experience that you know, it would never go away, it was a thrill to see him in the smile and expression on his face and the way people reacted to, and it wasn't just that, that time, at every meeting that he had come to it was this type of enthusiasm and it just, it just was a motivation point each time for myself.