Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO JUST ASK WHAT YOUR POSITION WAS ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE EARLY 6O'S? YOU WERE A SENATOR FROM TEXAS, A SOUTHERN STATE, WHAT WAS YOUR POSITION WITH RESPECT TO CIVIL RIGHTS?

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

Well, when I, I had been a candidate for governor of Texas prior to coming to the Senate, was defeated and ran, and was elected to the Senate. When I arrived in the Senate in the last week in April, of 1957, I began to hear a lot about civil rights. I wasn't talking much in Texas, we had other issues down there, for taxation and many other issues, uh, hadn't been talked much there as a state issue and uh I found that, got to Washington it was almost all consuming. My position was I was going to vote for it from the start because I ran on the platform in Texas three times for governor, of fair treatment for all people. And they called me a nigger lover for that, and I knew how I was going to vote. I was going to vote, I believed in everybody having the right to vote, Fifteenth Amendment provides for it, and says that Congress shall have power to pass laws to enforce it.