Interview with James Farmer


James Farmer:

Yes, we wrote letters. We wrote letters in advance of the Freedom Ride. This was following the Gandhian program of advising your adversaries or the people in power just what you were going to do, when you were going to do it, and how you were going to do it, so that everything would be open and above board. I sent letters to the president of the United States, President Kennedy, to the attorney general, Robert Kennedy, the director of the FBI, Mr. Hoover, the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission which regulated interstate travel, to the president of Greyhound Corporation and the president of Trailways Corporation. Those were the carriers that we would be using on this bus ride. And I must say we got replies from none of those letters.