Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE WERE—

Bayard Rustin:

I think we can learn a great lesson from that march, because it wasn't the Harry Belafontes and the greats from Hollywood that made the march. It was the Congressmen who came. What made the march was that black people voted that day with their feet. They came from every state, they came in jalopies, on trains, buses, anything they could get, some walked. And the lesson I think that we can learn from that is that the problems that we face today are going to have to be solved, not by a bickering leadership, or not by people taking all-out positions, but if and when we can get the great majority of the black people again to vote with their feet by walking to the ballot box.