Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 30
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S GO BACK TO THE ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION. JOE RAUH IS THERE. YOU ARE THERE REPRESENTING--

Bayard Rustin:

Well, I was there not representing anybody as such. But the really crucial moment in that conference, it was between Martin Luther King, Walter Reuther, and myself, went to talk with the young people from Mississippi, urging them to come in. And our argument--you have been involved in protest, now they are giving you the right to go into politics. And in protest there must never be any compromise. In politics there is always compromise. And therefore you young people have got to learn now how to compromise in order to get in to play your major role.