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From Nannie H. Burroughs

Burroughs, Nannie Helen (National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls)
August 28, 1956
Washington, D.C.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Burroughs, a close friend of King's mother, Alberta Williams King, was the founder and president of the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls as well as president of the Woman's Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention. A week before they would attend the group's annual convention in Denver, Burroughs asks King if he knows of any teachers who had lost their jobs for being affiliated with the NAACP. She offers to employ such teachers at her school. King replied on 18 September.1

Rev. L. M. King, Jr.
309 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Rev. King:

We are looking for two High School and Junior College teachers—one for English and History, and the other for Domestic Science and Sewing.

They must be Christian women of unimpeachable character. They must be personally clean and an example in sensible dress. There must be nothing slipshod about them or their work.

It is reported that many teachers have not been reappointed because of their affiliation with the N.A.A.C.P. or other Civil Rights organizations

Do you know any such capable women who want to work in a Christian institution, in which they can help to develop fine womanhood for leadership.

Please let me know at once.

Sincerely yours,
Nannie H. Burroughs, President


1.See pp. 370-371 in this volume.


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