Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 55
INTERVIEWER:

YOU HAD PULLED OFF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON—THE MARCH ITSELF—NOW, WHAT WERE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SELMA?

Bayard Rustin:

Well, my feelings were that this is a kind of thing you have to go through, and this is the kind of thing, brutal and ugly as it is, that will cement in the minds of Americans that we are the underdogs, being brutalized and that they will continue to come into the movement, because they cannot endure seeing Americans treated the way blacks were treated at Selma.