Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

YOU KNEW ROSA PARKS BEFORE THE BOYCOTT. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT—CAN YOU DESCRIBE HER FOR US? WHAT WAS SHE LIKE?

Rufus Lewis:

Miss Parks was kind of a quiet woman, apparently a quiet woman. But she had a motive—a motivation in her that you didn't see right off. And it takes, it takes some pushing to get her motivated, but her appearance, and what was within her was different things. She looked like a very quiet and peaceful woman. And she acted like that in most instances. But there were some things that disturbed her greatly, and I think this, this matter of riding the bus, just went right to her heart, so to speak. And then she's not a quiet woman, she's an outspoken person.