Interview with John Lewis
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

WERE THERE ANY WHITE FOLKS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING OF THE MARCH?

John Lewis:

Not until, till later when you had here the traditional civil rights organizations. Then we reached out after that meeting in New York, and got the National Council of Churches, the AFL—not the AFL-CIO because George Meany never supported the march. Organized labor per se, did not support the march. The AFL-CIO and Mr. Meany did not support the March on Washington, was against the march as a matter of fact. But Walter Reuther, as representative and head of the UAW, supported the march. The National Catholic Interracial Council supported the march, and the American Jewish Committee came in. So this brought in the white liberals, moderate, and a white element of, of organized labor under the gospel seed of UAW, and Walter Reuther.