MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & JESSE JACKSON:
David J. Garrow reveals in his book (Bearing The Cross) allegedly, Martin Luther King, Jr. told friend William A. Rutherford, “Jesse Jackson’s so independent, I either want him in the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) or out. “
According to Garrow, much of the trouble stemmed from a distrust of Jackson’s personal motives.
A King aide often defended Jackson, telling King, “He’s just crude because he’s young.” King disagreed, saying, “No, he’s ambitious,” and voiced his unease to close friends. “Jesse has irritating ways.”
Rutherford says, “If you ask me, was there was any suspicion about Jesse’s motives and even devotion to the movement? I would say categorically, yes, there was considerable doubt.
Rutherford adds, “Dr. King didn’t trust Jesse, he didn’t even like Jesse.”