Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

MOVING ON TO ATLANTIC CITY, WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU MET FANNIE HAMER AND THE--FOR THE MFDP?

Bayard Rustin:

Oh, I met most of them and worked with them for two or three years, in and out of Mississippi and I want to say that I don't think there were ever a more courageous group of young people. They knew that people were going to get brutalized and beaten. They knew that people might even get lynched. But it did not stop these young people. And I believe that Fannie Lou Hamer, and people like she was, were the backbone of the movement in Mississippi. And they had been in Mississippi several years even before Martin Luther King came in.