Interview with Andrew Young
QUESTION 5
PAUL STECKLER:

How did he feel about this national

ANDREW YOUNG:

Well, I think he expected people to be upset with him, but he didn't expect what seemed like an organized opposition. Lyndon Johnson immediately convened a meeting of all of the Black journalists and then another meeting with a group of Black preachers, and they were all encouraged to denounce Martin's position. They went to meet with, the, the journalists went to meet with Lyndon Johnson just before their own convention, and we went to address them at their convention. After they had publicly criticized him, and yet when he finished speaking, they gave him a standing ovation. And it was a matter of fighting to keep your constituency because the White House was trying to take our base constituency from us.