Interview with Courtland Cox
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

HOW, WHAT WERE THE, HOW, THE SPEECH WAS CHANGED IN THE MORNING. MAYBE YOU COULD JUST TELL ME THAT, THAT THE…

Courtland Cox:

Well, the speech, the speech, the speech was changed, the speech was changed, the people came to town I think maybe about ten o'clock the crowd started arriving, they came to us about eleven and all this took place on the top, at the Lincoln Memorial where Lincoln sits looking down benevolently upon the colored. You know, that, that we were up, under, and, where the statue is, Randolph, we were sitting, it was, there was re—, there was a little typewriter we had up there and people were either sitting on the ground or a little box or a little wooden chair. So it wasn't comfortable surroundings; things were hurried. And I guess John and myself and so—we were in our early twenties being very militant—Forman was a little older, so I think the, the key players were Bayard, ah, ah A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, James Forman, and myself. And we went back and forth in terms of how this discussion was to, ah, to go and after Randolph made his plea then um, I mean then Jim Forman sat on a box, put a typewriter on another box, and he and I sat down and redid this speech in terms of the kinds of um criticisms that the Kennedy administration had.