Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

WAS DR. KING AN AMBITIOUS MAN?

Rufus Lewis:

Ambitious—not, he was ambitious, but not in acquiring wealth. He was ambitious to inspire and to lead, and to open the way for people. He was ambitious for people's development. He was ambitious for knowledge of, of people in situations where they needed change. This was the kind of ambition that he had. He wasn't after wealth at all. He was after the soul of man. And he – he could change whites, just as he could blacks, if they would listen to him. And this is the thing that disturbed the whites. Because they knew he was making changes, and they didn't want changes. That was his ambition.