Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WE'VE TALKED TO JO ANN ROBINSON AND E.D. NIXON AND OTHERS THERE. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED WITH THAT STRIKE IN MONTGOMERY? WHY MONTGOMERY?

Bayard Rustin:

Well I think it sparked largely because, as I say, on the one hand you had this frustration, building up for nine years or ten years on the part of these veterans who had come home. And on the second hand, you had Rosa Parks armed with a 1954 decision. And we had never had anybody who sat in the front of the bus before, who could say to the bus driver, you are breaking the law. The Supreme Court has decreed. And always before, they said we were breaking the law. That made a totally different psychological atmosphere.