DESCRIBE THE FEELING THERE, THAT FIRST MEETING.
Well, Martin had a way of making fun out of any dangerous situation. And he talked about going down into Selma and of course, Coretta is from Marion also, and he had pastored in Montgomery, so we all knew Selma. We all knew Lowndes County, and we knew the kind of people that were there. And he started preaching everybody's funeral, because he was saying, we were lucky in Birmingham, all of us got out alive, but some of us weren't going to make it out of Selma. And he'd go out, around the room, you know, sort of saying, well Ralph, now if they get you, and then he'd preach Ralph's sermon for about five minutes, you know, and he just made a fun of saying all of the embarrassing things he could think of saying, and pretending that he was preaching our eulogies, and our funerals. And so, that was the way that we dealt with the anxiety, and the fear, and the tension, by joking about it and laughing about it.