King declines Muhammad's 19 March invitation to address members of the Nation of Islam in Chicago.
Mr. Elijah Muhammad
Messenger of Allah
University of Islam
5333 Greenwood Avenue
Dear Elijah Muhammad:
I am in receipt of your letter of March 19th inviting me to address the Muhammad Chicago Moslems. Certainly, I am deeply grateful to you and your fellow Moslems for extending this invitation. However, after consulting my calendar, I find that I have accepted as many speaking engagements that my schedule will allow for the remainder of the year. In the light of this, it is necessary for me to decline your gracious invitation. Please know that I regret this very deeply. If it were not for such a crowded schedule, I would be more than glad to serve you.
Thanks again for extending the invitation. You have my prayers and best wishes in all of your work.
Very sincerely yours,
Martin L. King, Jr.
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.