Interview with Courtland Cox
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, CAN YOU TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE EARLY PLANNING SESSIONS FOR MARCH ON WASHINGTON? WHO WAS INVOLVED AND WHAT THE POLITICS WERE.

Courtland Cox:

The early planning sessions for the March on Washington tried to incorporate a coalition type movement. The people who were most integral to that motion I would say were by Bayard Rustin first, A. Philip Randolph second, then he brought along people he thought were closest to him, CORE, I think, SNCC he thought there was an activist group and then on, on another circle I would include the NAACP and Urban League and then the, the Catholic church, the Protestant church and the Jewish um, ah, religion. And so that I think Bayard's strategy was that you get A. Philip Randolph as the leader, secondly you get ah the most activist groups, CORE and SNCC to, to be the, the driving force and then you, you bring in other forces like Urban League, NAACP, who had to move once things were in motion.

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