Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 64
INTERVIEWER:

A PERSONAL MOMENT. IS THERE ONE MOMENT IN THIS PERIOD THAT YOU REMEMBER THAT STANDS OUT FOR YOU? WAS IT THE MEETING WITH KING PERHAPS, OR AT THE WHITE HOUSE, OR STANDING THERE IN FRONT OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON?

Bayard Rustin:

I think the greatest moment in my life was when I saw tears roll down the face of A. Philip Randolph, who in my view was the greatest leader of the twentieth century, in terms of the basic analysis and program for blacks. He is a man that history does not record so well as many others. But to me, he was a giant. And to see this giant with tears in his eyes, moved me to want to do everything I humanly could do to bring about justice. Not only for black people, but for whomever is in trouble.