Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE VOTER REGISTRATION. YOU WERE VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU DID TO GET PEOPLE REGISTERED, AND HOW THAT WORKED?

Rufus Lewis:

Well, yes, in getting—in encouraging people to get registered, you first have to get the registration blanks. We had, we got a mimeograph machine, had a little committee of us. We got a mimeograph machine, and we would get copies of the questions that the county would ask people to answer for registration. We had a large number of those printed, and we would take them in the community and let the people study them, and we'd go over it with them, so when they come to answer the questions, they would know how to do it. And this is, this is, this was our method of registration. And we had a projector, showing blacks especially, getting registered in certain areas. I think we got that, that film from the Labor Department. And we showed this in the various counties of the district. And this encouraged, and inspired the people to become registered. They see other blacks getting registered, and they were having fun doing it, and they want to emulate them. So that was some of the methods.