Interview with John Lewis
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

WHEN DID YOU BECOME AWARE THAT, THAT THE MARCH HAD, WAS SHAPING UP TO BE KIND OF A LOBBY EFFORT, SPECIFICALLY FOR KENNEDY'S CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION?

John Lewis:

I would say maybe a week or so before the march, maybe two weeks before the march, yeah. See we, we had a, a short time to plan it. It was like from the first week in July to August 28th. And when the Kennedy Administration became so cooperative, when the, the people within the government, became so helpful in providing logistics—the only thing they wanted—they wanted people to come into Washington, and to get out before sundown. They wanted all of the black folks out of Washington before sundown, and that's what, exactly what happened. People came in and they got out. And the, the afternoon, after the march, we went over to meet with President Kennedy. He congratulated the people, said, you know, I heard that someplace a few days ago that as a matter of fact, that he really wanted to come by and speak, yeah.