King sends his mother, assistant director of the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir, the honorarium for the choir’s 27 September concert at Dexter.1 The event, which King opened with an invocation, filled the church to capacity and included a solo by King's sister, Christine.2
Mrs. M. L. King, Sr.
2873 Dale Creek Road, N.E.
Enclosed is a check in the amount of three hundred forty-five dollars and seventy-five cents which includes the expenses of one hundred ninety-five dollars and seventy-five cents plus a one hundred fifty dollar honorarium. This program was such a financial success that we felt compelled to add a little more to the honorarium. Already the receipts have reached around fifteen hundred dollars. The members of the committee asked me to express their deep gratitude to you and the overall choir for the great concert that you rendered. This was certainly one of the high points in the Montgomery Community.
Give my regards to all. I will be seeing you soon.
Very sincerely yours,
1. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Program, “The church choir of Ebenezer Baptist Church in concert," 27 September 1959.
2. Leonard Ballou, “Ebenezer Choir Pleases Large Audience,” Dexter Echo, 7 October 1959. Coretta King served as co-chair of the event.
DABCC, INP, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Collection, In Private Hands.