Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

HOW IMPORTANT WAS NONVIOLENCE AT MONTGOMERY AS A TACTIC?

Bayard Rustin:

Oh, I think if there had been any violence at all, they were prepared to deal with that. But they could not deal with people who were not being violent. And there was a kind of moral Jiu-Jitsu going on, a moral wrestling and they didn't know how to put [ our ] hands on us, because it was so intensely nonviolent. That was its core, its essence. And that is what ultimately got King the Nobel Prize.