Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

AND JOHN LEWIS…

C. T. Vivian:

John Lewis had co- exactly the opposite from a Diane Nash, John Lewis had come in from a little town in the back woods of Alabama, uh, who had seen uh, the racism in all of its forms, and uh, wanted to do something about it. You had a very articulate person on one hand, from a northern city and a, and a person who was trying very hard to articulate all of his feelings and understandings, and the other coming out of the, some of the worst kinds of racism in the south - uh, and then from a small city, a small town uh, uh, but all of them with the one agenda, right? You would see a Jo- a Jim Bevel, right, uh, who was from both north and south and interesting, Cleveland, Mississippi and Cleveland, Ohio, all right? Now those were his two centers of concern, had seen both sides of it, had time to think it through and seen his brothers in, brothers uh, in Cleveland, Ohio free from some of the segregation he knew in the south uh, watched his father suffer under it right there, this fine mind, all of these people philosophically and theologically oriented—that has to be understood, you see what I mean?—who were looking for meaning…