Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, AFTER THE VIOLENCE, DIDN'T CORE DECIDE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE?

James Farmer:

No, CORE did not decide to stop the ride in Montgomery, after the SNCC riders went to Montgomery from Birmingham, after having been bloodied in Birmingham, young CORE riders moved in from New Orleans to join them in Montgomery. And I joined them in Montgomery after burying my father who had died in Washington. Robert Kennedy, the attorney general, then called Dr. King, who had come into Montgomery to speak at a rally that we were having on behalf of the Freedom Riders. Robert Kennedy called Dr. King and asked him to intercede with me as the CORE Director to try to get me to halt the Freedom Ride and have a cooling off period. After consulting with Diane Nash of SNCC and other Freedom Riders, my decision was negative on that and I asked Dr. King to tell Bobby Kennedy that we'd been cooling off for 350 years. And if we cooled off any more, we'd be in a deep freeze, and the Freedom Rides would go on.