King thanks Lomax for her newspaper articles on Montgomery and the hospitality that she and her mother-in-law, Minnie Lomax, had shown during the Kings’ visit to Los Angeles. On 18 July Lomax responded by noting that she had published his letter.1 “By now, you should be used to the fact that your every utterance is news, so perhaps you won’t mind.” Lomax also reported that she was moved "to become an associate member of your church” after hearing him preach, even though she had been “indifferently an agnostic since the age of 12.”
Mrs. Almena Lomax, Editor
The Los Angeles Tribune
2323 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles 18, California
Dear Mrs. Lomax:
This is just a note to again express my appreciation to you for the interest that you have taken in our struggle. The meeting at the Town Club in Los Angeles was indeed a rich experience with all of us who had the opportunity to attend. We had the pleasure of meeting many of the influential citizens of the Los Angeles community. Thanks to you for making these arrangements.
I have been following your articles on Montgomery very closely. They represent journalism at its best. You have a profound grasp of the situation plus the gift of presenting it in a very lucid style. I assure you that this series has rendered a great service for our cause.
I hope everything goes well with you. Mrs. King sends her best regards. Please give our regards to your very gracious and charming Mother-in-law.
With warm personal regards.
M. L. King, Jr.,
1. See “From Rev. King,” Los Angeles Tribune, 13 July 1956.
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.