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To Martin Luther King, Sr.

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Date: June 15, 1944

Location: Simsbury, Conn.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Family


Writing to his father from the tobacco farm in Connecticut, King expresses his surprise at the lack of racial discrimination in the North. He mentions attending a white church in Simsbury and tells his father, “We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to.”

Dear father:

I am very sorry I am so long about writing but I having been working most of the time. We are really having a fine time here and the work is very easy. We have to get up every day at 6:00. We have very good food. And I am working kitchen so you see I get better food.

We have service here every Sunday about 8:00 and I am the religious leader we have a Boys choir here and we are going to sing on the air soon. Sunday I went to church in Simsbury it was a white church. I could not get to Hartford {to church} but I am going next week. On our way here we saw some things I had never antiscipated to see. After we passed Washington the was no discrimination at all the white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to.

Tell everybody I said hello and I am still thinking of the church and reading my bible. And I am not doing any thing that I would not doing front of you.

Your Son
[signed] M. L. Jr.

Source: CKFC, INP, Christine King Farris Collection, In Private Hands.

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