Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

BUT HIS REALLY KEY [unintelligible] WAS HE HAD THE KNOWLEDGE HOW TO DO IT, WHICH JACK KENNEDY DIDN'T. BUT THAT HE HAD SOME REAL FEELING TOWARD--

Bayard Rustin:

Oh, yes. No question. When he—when Martin Luther King—King was murdered, and he called us to the White House, he got me off a plane, I was on my way to Memphis. And the plane had to turn around and go back to Dulles Airport. And we all met with Johnson. And it was at least six minutes before he could organize himself: tears just flowing from his face. He felt deeply.

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