Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 54
INTERVIEWER:

THE MOVEMENT WAS ESSENTIALLY A MIDDLE-CLASS MOVEMENT?

Bayard Rustin:

The movement in the North, the support from the North was largely middle class and youth. But the movement in the South, the women, who marched that year with King to win the Montgomery protest, the people of Selma, were ordinary, working-class blacks many of them unorganized, many of them church women. That's where the money and the energy for the movement came. It didn't come from the doctors, and the lawyers and the black middle class. It came from the ordinary people. That was its strength.