Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT OTHER MESSAGES OF SUPPORT LIKE IN THE US FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS--

James Farmer:

No, I don't recall any. I replied to Mao [Zedong] of course, rejecting his offer, saying that we were quite capable of handling this situation ourselves, thanking him for his offer. [laughter] I don't know if the other, other civil rights leaders got such cablegrams from Mao or not, and I'm curious as to why he sent it to me if he didn't send it to the others. Because we had no working relationship with the Maoists.