Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, THE NEXT DAY THERE'S A MEETING AT THE CHURCH. WHO COMES OUT FOR THIS MEETING, WHAT IS THE POINT, WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING?

Robert Moses:

Well, at the first meeting when we were with Humphrey and Reuther and King and so forth the question arose as to the delegation itself actually deciding whether it would agree with what was offered. And we agreed that anyone who wanted to talk to the delegation to persuade them, should have access to them, but that the whole delegation should be able to sit down and listen through all the arguments. And so they set up a meeting at which all of the delegation was present and the leadership of the civil rights movement, King, Farmer, the leadership of the National Council of Churches. The leadership of lawyers groups that had been represented in Mississippi, Congressman, Senator's, all these people came before the delegation to try to persuade them to accept the compromise or the offer, I don't call it a compromise but this offer of two symbolic seats. And the delegation rejected it.