Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME ASK YOU FOR A SLIGHTLY SHORTER ONE.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

SORRY, I NEED TO CHANGE MY BATTERY.

Joseph Azbell:

Rufus Lewis was called the "coach." Everybody called him coach. He was everything... he was very, very smiling man that always was smiling, but he worked to get the people registered. They had high respect for him as a businessman. They had high respect for him at Alabama State College. He was probably the most respected single black in Montgomery at that time. He was knowledgeable of everything. People came to him for advice. He was the coach, not just in sports terms, but in racial terms.