Interview with Harris Wofford
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT THE SENTENCE ON THAT PAMPHLET, THE NO COMMENT PAMPHLET.

Harris Wofford:

Now… now, you know, it wasn't just the action, that… that had the impact. Because the press didn't pay an enormous amount of attention to it initially. But Louis Martin said, we've got to get this out to the whole black constituency in this country. And… and so a little pamphlet was printed that featured Nixon's remark on the whole thing, which was "No Comment." And so the pamphlet said, "No Comment Nixon, versus a candidate with a heart." And all the pamphlet had were the remarks by Coretta King, by Martin King Jr., by his father, by Ralph Abernathy, the Head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King's number two colleague. Ah, wonderful strong statements, such as the father saying, "I had…" Dr… Daddy King saying, "As a Baptist I was going to vote against John Kennedy because he was a Catholic, but if he had the courage to wipe the tears from my daughter-in-law's eyes then I have the courage to vote for him, Catholic or not. And I've got a whole suitcase full of votes that I'm taking up and put in the laps of John Kennedy." And probably, a million and a half, two million pamphlets were… of that pamphlet were distributed at black churches all across, in the key cities of the country on the Sunday before election. And in some cases, whole congregations marched to the election, ah, booths to… in parts of Chicago for example, to vote for Kennedy.

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