It was during the procession after Marin Luther King’s Atlanta funeral, with the cold reality of King’s dead body present, that made Chamberlain speak up.
“Throughout his political career, [Nixon] had been called a ‘loser’ — the guy who could never win the big one. Me too.”
“I kept asking myself, what can I do to help America — and particularly my people — reach the mountaintop and see the promised land that Dr. King so often talked about,” Chamberlain said in July 1968 to the black-owned Los Angeles Sentinel. “Something came over me at that precise moment. As I walked with thousands of others from the Ebenezer Baptist Church to his final resting place, I quietly walked up to former Vice President [Richard] Nixon, and told him I liked his program and wanted to join his team.”