Interview with William Rutherford

And even people who disagree with him would think that it made sense?


Well, people who began disagreeing with him, would end up saying, "Well, that's probably out of this mass of ideas and proposals being put forward, ah, that is probably the best synthesis that anyone could make." So, yes, in that sense, we did all end up, ah, in his corner. Even if we had, you know, differing ideas at the outset and maybe the next day in fact. Then you had to come back and convince Dr. King. What was marvelous about him is that since he would hear you out, everyone was able to express themselves and so on. He really never sat on any one. Ah, you really couldn't say that you didn't have a chance to, ah, you know, articulate or enunciate your ideas. He heard you out and then he said, "Okay that sounds great but here's what we're going to do." And then he'd, but he sort of, you know, that was the word from the man, ah. In a very comradely fashion, he really never gave orders. He never dictated. He was a very strong leader but his leadership, I think, came from both the moral force within him and his intellectual powers of really of imposing on a number of very talented, strong, ah, personalities and intellects that surrounded him.