Abernathy Family Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Abernathy, Donzaleigh, American, born 1957
Abernathy, Juandalynn R., American
Rev. Abernathy, Ralph D. III, American, 1959 - 2016
Interviewed by
Dr. Jeffries, Hasan Kwame, American, born 1973
Subject of
Rev. Abernathy, Ralph David, American, 1926 - 1990
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Poor People's Corporation, American, 1965 - 1974
Duration: 02:02:33
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Stuttgart, Germany, Europe
October 10, 2013
The oral history consists of twenty-nine digital files: 2011.174.108.1a, 2011.174.108.1b, 2011.174.108.1c, 2011.174.108.1d, 2011.174.108.1e, 2011.174.108.1f, 2011.174.108.1g, 2011.174.108.1h, 2011.174.108.1i, 2011.174.108.1j, 2011.174.108.1k, 2011.174.108.1l, 2011.174.108.1m, 2011.174.108.1n, 2011.174.108.1o, 2011.174.108.1p, 2011.174.108.1q, 2011.174.108.1r, 2011.174.108.1s, 2011.174.108.1t, 2011.174.108.1u, 2011.174.108.1v, 2011.174.108.1w, 2011.174.108.1x, 2011.174.108.1y, 2011.174.108.1z, 2011.174.108.1aa, 2011.174.108.1bb, and 2011.174.108.1cc.
Donzaleigh Abernathy, Juandalynn Abernathy, and Ralph Abernathy, III, recall their father, Ralph David Abernathy and their own experiences as children in the Civil Rights Movement. The Abernathy children spent much of their childhoods with the children of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unlike the King children, the Abernathy siblings actively participated in direct action, including the Poor People's Campaign. All three children felt palpably the fear of violence in their everyday lives. This interview offers an intimate portrait of the home of a civil rights icon and of the intense friendship between Abernathy and King.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0108
American South
Civil rights
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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