This note was among the many congratulatory messages sent to King after the Supreme Court's 13 November ruling against bus segregation. King replied on 17 December to Mays's invitation to speak at Morehouse.
Dr. M. L. King, Jr.
309 South Jackson Street
Dear Dr. King:
Just a note to congratulate you on the Supreme Court’s Decision declaring segregation on the buses unconstitutional in Montgomery and Alabama. You have been a power of strength in this whole affair.
You recall you could not come to the college last year. Kindly let me kno if you can come in January, 1957. What about the 3rd or 4th? What about the 17th or 18th of January? If these dates are impossible, what about February 5, 6, 7, or 8th?
Kindly let me hear from you concerning same. With kindest regards and best wishes always, I am
Benjamin E. Mays
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.