Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy's Statement Following MLK's Assasination



Rev. Abernathy acknowledges the deep pain and anger those in SCLC feel at the senseless taking of Dr. King’s life. They pledge that his work and commitment to nonviolence will continue. They are as much against violence, says Abernathy, as they are against racial and economic injustice. He announces that Mrs. King will join him in leading a march in Memphis in support of the sanitation workers and that the Poor People’s Campaign will proceed. He calls upon Congress to respond to the major loss represented by Dr. King’s death with an equally major positive initiative to provide jobs to all who can work and a guaranteed annual income for those who cannot.

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