Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE KIND OF JEALOUSY THAT SOME PEOPLE FELT ABOUT KING?

Rufus Lewis:

To talk about the jealousy felt about King is a difficult thing to do. Because King was highly enlightened, had superb ability with the English language, and there was not many ministers in our areas who could come up to that height, and I'm sure that there was some, who were jealous from that point of view, and some that were fairly close to him, wanted to have this sort of position in the community, but did not have what it took. And therefore, it is easy to see how they would be a little jealous, because here is the man, coming out of another city, or town, or state, coming into Montgomery, and taking the leadership, and inspiring and moving people into action, where they have been here for years, and have not had that opportunity, or had that ability to do this sort of a thing. So that is the kind of thing you can imagine, the jealousy came from. But whatever it was, King had what it took to move Montgomery and the nation, I believe.