The president of the Woman’s Auxiliary, National Baptist Convention, invites King to speak at the group’s annual meeting in St. Louis.1
Rev M L King Jr
193 Boulevard N E
Dear Rev King:
I am writing to invite you to be one of the Noonday speakers at our St Louis meeting.
The theme of the Convention is “The Vision of the World Made New”. The time allotted for the message is twenty minutes.
You are scheduled to speak on Thursday, September 9th, and I hope it will be possible for you to accept the invitation.
Nannie H Burroughs, President
1. Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879–1961) was an educator, religious leader, and social activist. Pivotal in the 1900 founding of the Woman’s Convention Auxiliary (WC) to the National Baptist Convention, Burroughs served as the WC’s corresponding secretary from 1900 to 1948 and as president from 1948 until her death. Under her leadership the organization, representing over one million black Baptist women, provided means through which women organized on state and local levels around religious, political, and social issues. In 1909 she founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D. C., which prepared women for jobs both in and outside the sphere of traditional female employment. A member of the National Association of Colored Women, Burroughs cofounded the National League of Republican Colored Women (1924) and lectured as a member of the Republican Party’s national speakers’ bureau during the 1920s. In 1931 President Hoover appointed her to chair a special committee on housing for African Americans.
NHBP, DLC, Nannie H. Burroughs Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.