Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

THERE'S AN AMBULANCE GOING BY AND THIS IS A NEW MIC. THIS IS 415, AND THIS IS CAMERA ROLL 124. CAN YOU TELL US AGAIN ABOUT THE CITIZENS' CLUB AND HOW DR. KING CAME DOWN TO TALK THERE?

Rufus Lewis:

Well, I was operating—I owned the citizens' club. It was organized with the effort in mind of getting people registered. We served drinks and we had dances, we had parties. We had a nice patio. And in, in, in getting people registered, we invite different clubs to come in, and we would have registration forms for them to fill out. We'd show them how to fill them out, and, and, and show them, and sometime[s] we would take them to the courthouse to get registered if they come in groups. So this was some of the things we did at the citizens' club. Now, Reverend King came into the citizens' club to talk to various groups, not only about registration, about other things, family problems, and he was very helpful in helping the citizens in that area with his conferences. But he had regular conferences in the room we called the—I can't recall now what we called the room, but it was a room which was set aside for him to have conferences with the citizens.