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From Eleanor Roosevelt

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Author: Roosevelt, Eleanor

Date: October 17, 1956

Location: New York, N.Y.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Montgomery Bus Boycott


Roosevelt expressed her interest in the Montgomery bus boycott in her “My Day” newspaper column of 14 May, which was based on her interview with Rosa Parks.1 King's 5 November reply indicated that he was traveling when Roosevelt's telegram arrived.2

martin luther king

309 south jackson montgomery ala

have been much interested in what you are doing in montgomery would be delighted if you can come to see me either sunday october 21 at 12 noon or tuesday october 23 at 4 pm my apartment 211 east 62 street new york city

eleanor roosevelt

1. While serving as first lady from 1933 to 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) endorsed the NAACP in 1934 and 1935 and campaigned vigorously for the Wagner Costigan Anti-Lynching Bill. In 1935 she began a syndicated column called “My Day,” which reached millions of Americans every week. After leaving the White House, Roosevelt remained an active supporter of civil rights reform. President Harry S. Truman appointed her to the American delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1945. She served as chair of the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Commission on Human Rights the next year.

2. See pp. 420-421 in this volume.

Source: MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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