Upon hearing reports that King “broke down after a prayer’’ during a 14 January MIA mass meeting, the widow of Coretta Scott King’s grandfather sent King a handwritten note assuring him that the “darkest hour is just before the dawn.”1 King tells Scott, whom he had never met, that reports of his breakdown were erroneous.
Mrs. Fannie E. Scott
304 W. 143rd Street
New York, New York
Dear Mrs. Scott:
Thanks for your very kind letter of recent date. I am very happy to know of your interest here in Montgomery. May I assure you that things are going very well with me and the family. Coretta and the baby are doing fine. We are determined as ever before to continue to struggle for freedom and justice here in Montgomery. The impression that the paper gave in the papers a few days ago was totally false. I neither collapsed nor broke down in tears. I am still as strong and healthy as ever before. Be sure to keep us in your prayers.
M. L. King, Jr.,
1. Scott also asked a favor of King: “Before your sermont next sun—I want you to sing this song Precious Lord hold my hand & lead me on & I want you to preach about the children of Isreal, when they were held captive by Pharor” (Scott to King, 16 January 1957).
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.