Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 30
INTERVIEWER:

WHY WAS IT THAT THE CITY AND THE MAYOR WERE SO SLOW IN BEGINNING TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE MONTGOMERY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION?

Rufus Lewis:

Well, the reason I believe that the city was slow, Reverend King was such a forceful influence for right. He was such a forceful influence for doing away with the, with the segregation system in the city, until they didn't want to deal with him. He was just too straightforward for them. I think that was the main reason. He was too intelligent, he was too courageous, he was always willing to make whatever commitment he had to make for right.