Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S TALK A MOMENT ABOUT THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY AND THE MAYOR AND POLITICIANS. WHY DO YOU THINK IT WAS THAT THE CITY AND MAYOR WERE SO SLOW IN BEGINNING TO NEGOTIATE SERIOUSLY WITH THE MONTGOMERY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION?

Rufus Lewis:

Well, well, why the officials in Montgomery were slow to deal with the movement, I think, they did not want to deal with Reverend King. He was just too, too much for them. They didn't want to do what they knew was right. They wanted to do what they had always been doing. And King was so forceful against that. They just couldn't deal with him. He was for right.