Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, AFTER THESE EPISODES OF VIOLENCE, WIDELY PUBLIZED ACTS OF VIOLENCE, WOULD YOU SAY THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATTON ACTED THEN TO AID THE FREEDOM RIDERS?

James Farmer:

After the widely publicized violence of [sic] the Freedom Riders in Alabama, SNCC persons from Nashville, under the leadership of Diane Nash, went in to pick up the baton where it had been dropped by the first thirteen members of the CORE Freedom Ride and to go on. They did that after checking with me to make sure that we had no objection to SNCC joining forces with us then. It was at that point after the SNCC students from Nashville went into Birmingham that Bobby Kennedy, the attorney general, became really involved in it. Drivers walked off the job and would not drive the bus, and Kennedy got on the phone and called down to the bus terminal demanding that they find the driver. "Where is Mr. Greyhound?" he stormed, "can't he drive the bus?"** and so on. It was then that he sent his assistant attorney general [sic] into Birmingham to try to minimize the violence that was taking place, and that assistant attorney general was beaten himself by a mob as he sought to save a young black woman in [sic] Nashville from being beaten by the mob.