Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE SAYING THAT ALL BLACK PEOPLE WERE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME, BUT WHY, IF THAT'S SO, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN IN MONTGOMERY? WHY MONTGOMERY AND NO OTHER PLACE?

Rufus Lewis:

We had a type of leadership that inspired people to strive for what was due them, and what was right. And that leadership was more forceful and more penetrating than the, than what you could find in some of the other places. I think that was the cause of Montgomery being a little different, in reacting to the situation than some of the other places. That's what I think. I think Dr. King was different, because he had something in him that – that made him different. He, he had to almost save the blacks in the community from, from being misused, so to speak. He was just a different man. He was highly intelligent, as religious and straightforward as any man I've ever known, and he could inspire people to do many things they thought they would not do. This is the difference, I think, in Reverend King.