Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE IN THE MARCH?

Bayard Rustin:

Well, Mr. Randolph asked me if I would set up the logistics for the march, which I immediately began to do, and those logistics were to create a--two hundred thousand people, we really got a quarter of a million, and to get every agency in America, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, intellectuals, labor movement, everybody involved and to contain so it was intensely nonviolent. And so I set up the plans for the march and Mr. Randolph gave me the right, along with Roy [Wilkins] and the other civil rights leaders, to see that that march was carried out.