Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 32
INTERVIEWER:

BUT IN FACT THE COMMITTEE WAS OFFERING THEM NOT-

Bayard Rustin:

Yes, all the committee was offering them three things. It was offering them one hour at the convention to speak to the whole world about the nature of civil rights in America. It was offering to give them two seats, and it was offering to kick the regular Mississippi Democrats out and our argument was go in and capture those two seats because those two seats represent the whole Mississippi delegation now, and you will have an hour to speak to the world from a platform which you will never get again. And begin to play the critical game. They resisted this and I understand why they resisted it. And if I had been one of them, I might have resisted it too.