King agrees to address the anniversary banquet of Alpha Phi Alpha, which had confirmed upon him its Alpha Award of the Year. He chose “The Birth of a New Age” as his subject for the event held 11 August in Buffalo, New York.1
Mr. James E. Huger
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
4432 South Parkway
Chicago 15, Illinois
Dear Brother Huger:
This is to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter of May 9, inviting me to address the 50th Anniversary Banquet of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on Saturday, August 11, 1956 and informing me that I have been chosen to receive the Alpha Phi Alpha Award of Honor. I assure you that I am deeply grateful to the fraternity for choosing me for this great honor. I will accept it with humility and deep gratitude.
I am arranging to be present at the banquet on August 11, at 8:00 P.M. to deliver the address and to receive the award.
Again, let me express my sincere appreciation to you and the members of the fraternity. I will be looking forward with great anticipation to receiving this award. Please feel free to contact me concerning further details.
M. L. King, Jr.,
1. See pp. 339-346 in this volume. James E. Huger (1915-) attended Bethune-Cookman College and the University of Michigan and held several administrative positions at the latter institution before becoming general secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha.
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.