Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 32
INTERVIEWER:

...NINETY. LETS PICK IT UP AT THE MEETING.

Robert Moses:

OK, as we got close to the actual nomination of Johnson, there was a meeting which was called which Humphrey—

INTERVIEWER:

LET'S START AGAIN. LET'S KEEP IT WITHIN OUR—CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE…

Robert Moses:

OK, so as the Credentials Committee was meeting and coming to a decision about the MFDP and in the day on which they were, what turned out to be their last meeting, we were called to a meeting which was hosted by Humphrey, Walter Reuther, who had flown down from Detroit, and by Rustin at which they had invited Martin Luther King and Andy Young and Aaron Henry and Ed King as representation for the MFDP. And when we heard about it we asked that myself and Mrs. Hamer be allowed to be present at that meeting. Well, we got to that meeting and in effect what they told us that they had decided that the MFDP would be entitled to two kind of symbolic seats at the convention and that they had chosed [sic] Aaron Henry and Ed King to fill those seats. Now they had done all of that without consulting the delegation in any way. I don't know that, I don't think they talked to Aaron Henry or Ed King about that decision. And then we rejected that. In front of Humphrey and Reuther and it got quite tense there for a while, but we told them that we did not think, we certainly couldn't accept that decision on behalf of the delegation without the delegation itself discussing and deciding whether that was something that they accepted. But when we went outside the meeting they were announcing on national television that in fact the delegation had been presented with this decision and had already accepted it.