Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 62
INTERVIEWER:

IT'S BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE KENNEDYS PUMPED A LOT OF MONEY INTO THE SOUTH, BY VARIOUS PROGRAMS AND METHODS AND SALVATIONS, IN THE EARLY SIXTIES, SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING VOTING BLOCS, FROM A '64 STRATEGY, OR THE FUTURE, FOR THEIR PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. DO YOU THINK THAT'S TRUE?

Bayard Rustin:

Yes, I think the Kennedys were instrumental in attempting to get foundations and other groups with which they were associated in getting some money into the South, to press on the voter drive. I think this was both genuine and starkly political on their part. Because I think they knew that if the majority of blacks in the South could vote, they would vote Democratic and they would vote for the Kennedys.