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Rufus Lewis, born in Montgomery, Alabama, co-founded the Alabama Democratic Conference, the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party, in 1960. Lewis attended Alabama State Teachers Junior College before earning a bachelor’s in business administration at Fisk University. He joined the faculty of Alabama State College (now University) in 1933. In 1938, he began work with students at Alabama State Laboratory High School’s Citizenship Club. A member of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church during Dr. King's tenure as pastor, Lewis chaired the Transportation Committee of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and nominated King to become the MIA's spokesman.
Thomas Gilliam writes this letter with hope that Dr. King will grant him an interview about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Randolph Blackwell updates Andrew Young of the recent SCLC and SNCC joint meeting intended to resolve any conflicts between the two organizations and their initiatives within the state of Alabama. The mounting tension between the two civil rights organizations is attributed to the rise of Black Panther Party chapters throughout the South, a phenomenon from which SCLC intends to distance itself.