Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

THAT LAST TAKE WAS JUST TOO MUCH CLOTHES NOISE ON THE MIKE. OK, WE'RE GOING TO START THAT ONE OVER AGAIN. WHY WERE YOU SO WELL KNOWN IN MONTGOMERY? WHAT WERE THE, HOW WELL KNOWN WERE YOU, AND WHY WAS THAT?

Rufus Lewis:

How well known I was, and why, I guess it was because I was born here in Montgomery, right across town. I was an athlete in high school, and in college, so playing football and baseball, especially if you playing colleges and schools from other sections, you become fairly well know, because athletics was very popular for us then. And I guess that was the beginning. Later on I became interested in political activities, and for some reason I started working with voter registration, and I thought that was the finest thing I could have done, and I still believe that's the finest thing I've ever done, to help people get registered. And I did that as, as broadly as I possibly could and that was the other thing that caused me to be known in Montgomery. Then following that, I coached football, and where people come to see Tuskegee and Alabama play, they going to know the coach, you know, and that was the other thing that caused me to be known in this area. I think those are some of the things.