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From Hilda S. Proctor

Author: 
Proctor, Hilda S.
Date: 
December 31, 1958
Location: 
Los Angeles, Calif.
Genre: 
Letter
Topic: 
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Family
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Travels

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Proctor replies to King's 22 December letter.

Dear Martin:

Happy New Year to you all! I hope it will bring to fruition many of the ideals and conditions for which you are dedicating yourself.

Thanks, so much, for the nice letter with enclosure.

I am real disturbed to hear that you might go off to India frustrated because of the backlog of work. I am tempted to take the next flight to Montgomery and do what I can in my small way to alleviate the situation.

Since I cannot do that right now, why don't you and Maud[e Ballou] get together and select a batch of stuff that you think I could do and mail it to me. I will get right on it, mixing it with formulas and baby, new baby sitting (had a fine grand son on the 18th of December), and I will take care of the work pronto and return it to you.

If I do 100 letters between now and the time you leave for India that will peel down the pile a little won't it?

AND I WOULD LIKE TO DO IT AS ANY FRIEND WOULD DO WHO IS INTERESTED IN GETTING YOU OFF TO INDIA. I shall donate my services to the cause.

Please do this. Of course, as usual, all your work will be held in the strictest confidence.

PLEASE LET ME HELP BECAUSE I STILL FEEL AS THOUGH I AM YOUR SECRETARY WITHOUT PORTFOLIO, SECRETARY AT LARGE, SECRETARY ON 'MATERNITY' LEAVE, not mine, of course.

Tell Coretta I liked the spread of her in EBONY.1

Cordially yours,
[signed] Hilda

1. The complimentary profile stated that Coretta Scott King endured "through three, peril fraught years" and "stands today as a symbol of the successful Montgomery protest, which was so largely a victory for countless maids and mothers." Commenting for the article, King praised his wife's composure and forbearance: "She has maintained a calmness that has kept me going. She sees the greatness of the movement and has a unique willingness to sacrifice herself for its continuation" ("The Woman Behind Martin Luther King," Ebony, January 1959, pp. 33-38).

Source: 

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