Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

SOME OF THE PEOPLE FROM SNCC HAVE DESCRIBED A TOUCHING MOMENT WHEN A. PHILIP RANDOLPH ASKED THEM AND JOHN NOT TO DO WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO. IS THAT AN ACCURATE?

Bayard Rustin:

Yes. It was a very touching moment: I think nobody in the world could have got them to change it but Mr. Randolph. But he was held in such high esteem and they recognized that this march was a culmination of his entire life's work. And out of respect and deference to Randolph, Forman and Lewis said "OK, Mr. Randolph, if you think we've broken a rule, we'll take it out." And they did take it out. And I have great respect for them for having done so.