Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING THE LETTERS TO DO?

James Farmer:

Well, here I think we were trying to follow the Gandhian program. Gandhi had insisted in his technique in India, that we should always advise our adversaries what we were going to do. We should be open and above-board, nothing should be hidden. We should tell them in advance what we were going to do, when we were going to do, how we were going to do it. So following that leadership of Gandhi's, I sent letters to the president of the United States, the attorney general--that was President Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy, the director of the FBI, Mr. [J. Edgar] Hoover, the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission which regulated interstate travel, the president of Greyhound Corporation and the president of Trailways Corporation, since those were the two carriers that we were going to use this project. I must say that we did not get a reply from any of those letters.