To E. D. Nixon
Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Date: September 16, 1958
Location: Montgomery, Ala.?
Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Arrests
Mr. E. D. Nixon
647 Clinton Avenue
Montgomery 8, Alabama
Dear Brother Nixon:
This is just a note to thank you for your very kind letter of September 9. It is such encouraging words like this that keep us going during these very difficult days of transition. I do not consider my actions necessarily heroic, but I simply try to do what I feel is God’s will in every situation. And I felt that it was God’s will for me at least to say to our white brothers that rather than pay a fine for an act that I did not commit, it would be much more Christian to go to jail. And I would have definitely gone if the judge had sentenced me.
I am sorry that I have not seen you in a long, long time. I hope our paths will cross in the not-too-distant future. I have been intending to get an autographed copy of my book to you, but a very busy schedule has prevented it. Please let me know whether or not you have a book, and if you do not I will be very happy to give you a copy.
Very sincerely yours,
Martin L. King, Jr.
(Signed in the absence of Rev. King.)
Source: MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.