Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 63
INTERVIEWER:

BAYARD RUSTIN AND HIS ROLE IN THE MOVEMENT: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR OPINION?

Bayard Rustin:

Well my role was a very simple role. It was a role of saying to Martin Luther King and to A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins: "I have certain skills. I have skills which are good at analyzing problems. I have skills that are good in planning and executing, and I am a good planner". And I drew up the first plans for SCLC, [ between ] Martin asked me to—helped plot the strategy for the Montgomery protest because he asked me to. I put on the March on Washington for all the civil rights leaders because they asked me to. And I was always comfortable with being of service to whoever were the leaders. I did consider myself a leader. I considered myself a spokesman for a given point of view. And I believe that it's very important to work which I am doing where I got twelve million dollars a year from the federal government, to find it possible to give to young blacks, Puerto Ricans and other minorities, skills. We have a woman's program from skills.