Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

DID JFK ASK TO SPEAK AT THE MARCH?

Bayard Rustin:

No. And it would have done him no good because we did not want the government to speak. That was a platform from which black people and Jews and Catholics and labor people were saying to Kennedy: "We do not need to hear you today. We want you to hear us. Pass the bill."