Interview with Andrew Young

You had talked to me about Bobby Kennedy's death happening in this and how this woke you up from something. How were you affected by Kennedy's death?


Well, following Martin Luther King's death, immediately after we left the hospital we had a meeting. And we said, "If you let people stop the dream when the dreamer is slain then you just encourage people to keep on killing your leadership." So the most important thing was to pick up the movement and keep it going. So we didn't have time to grieve. We didn't have time to even miss Martin Luther King, we had to go on with his work. And so we pushed ourselves, even though we were probably all, you know, emotionally and internally on the verge of exploding. And we pushed ourselves right on through early days of the Poor People's Campaign. But then on the sixth of June, right after Martin's death on the fourth of April, Robert Kennedy's assassination just brought everything to a halt And I think we began to grieve about Martin in the context of Bobby Kennedy's assassination, because Bobby Kennedy had been with us in Atlanta at Martin's funeral, and many of us began to see in him a hope for the future. We kind of transferred a little of our loyalty, a little of our trust, and a little of our hope to him. Now he was gone too.**