Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

I'M JUMPING A LITTLE BIT AHEAD, SURE, WELL BUT YOU'RE FROM TEXAS AND HE WAS FROM TEXAS…

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

Well, when he first, well there's quite an evolution there. When he first came to the Senate the first year, he filibustered against a anti-lynching bill. And uh, he told friends knew he wanted to run for the Presidency, so I said, what on earth you doing, he said that's the only way I can get elected in Texas, and he'd campaigned in Texas a lot and knew the, the score down there. And that lasted up until 1957. When I got elected with no money, in ‘57, and uh he had vast resources back of him. He knew if I could get elected in proclaiming I was for fair treatment for all people, it'd be duck soup for him, so he changed around and took over leadership of that Civil Rights Act of ‘57. In June of ‘57, first time I found where he was out actively speaking for civil rights was June of 1957. So his course as he got, became a national officer, Vice President and then President, he went further and further, further than any other president I think, and became a very strong advocate of all civil rights.