Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THE KINDS OF PEOPLE WHO CAME? I MEAN THE INTERESTING PEOPLE?

Bayard Rustin:

Well, of interesting people, Josephine Baker flew [ in ] Paris, we had practically every movie star on the lot who was famous at the time: Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, they were all there. But they were not the important people. The important people were those people who hitchhiked, who came on crutches, who came in ramshackle automobiles, who walked, because that was the mass. They were the voice. And that's what the President of the United States and the Congress saw.

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Bayard Rustin:

The ordinary people were what made it.

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