In a 15 August letter Harris, a friend from Boston University, praised King for the “outstanding and steadily increasing usefulness that you have rendered our race” and for “lifting mental horizons" in Alabama.1
Mrs. Janet C. Harris
133 Pressprick Street, Apt., 8-A
This is just a note to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter of recent date. It was really good hearing from you, and knowing that your family is doing well. We are doing quite well and facing the joy that inevitably comes when a new little boss is running around the house. In a few weeks there will be a second addition to the King family and my masculine egotisms inevitably make me hope that it is a boy.
Give my best regards to all of my friends in Stamford. Coretta sends her best wishes.
Very sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.
1. Janet Childs Harris (1925-), born in Stamford, Connecticut, received a B.S. (1948) from Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson College) and an M.S. (1968) from the University of Bridgeport. Harris attended Boston University with King. She later taught in the Stamford public schools.
DABCC-INP, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Collection, In Private Hands