Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 44
INTERVIEWER:

WHO WERE SOME OF THE GREAT ENEMIES OF THE MOVEMENT DURING THIS PERIOD?

Bayard Rustin:

Well, the enemies of the movement were largely the southern senators. And they were organized by Thurmond, went so far as just before the March on Washington to go before the Senate and viciously attack me as a Communist, viciously attack me as a draft dodger, et cetera, et cetera. And their objective was to block at every point, children going into the schools, civil rights bill being passed. And there had to be a break there.