Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

WE'RE RECORDING ON SOUND. DO YOU REMEMBER SOME OF THE STATISTICS OR SOME OF THE MANAGEMENT CONCERNS THAT-I REMEMBER THE BUSES, THIS ENORMOUS NUMBER OF BUSES—

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Bayard Rustin:

Well, we could easily account—we could easily—for where a hundred and seventy-five thousand people were coming from, by bus, by train, and by automobiles. Now the other, the additional, almost a hundred thousand, were people who came on the spur of the moment: either Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, New York, Richmond and the like. But we knew exactly how many buses were coming, where they were coming from, because we did not have a franchise on the buses, but every bus company in the country was in touch with us on a day-to-day basis.