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From Ralph J. Bunche

Bunche, Ralph J. (United Nations)
November 21, 1956
New York, N.Y.
Montgomery Bus Boycott


King had apparently invited India's United Nations delegate Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon to participate in the MIA's Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change.1Menon did not attend.

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

Dear Rev. King,

I have spoken twice to Krishna Menon about your invitation, urging him strongly to accept it. He has promised me to give it most serious consideration. I earnestly hope that he will come.

Sincerely yours,
Ralph J. Bunche
Under Secretary

{P.S. What a victory you have had in the Supreme Court’s full vindication of your fight for dignity! R—}

1. Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon (1897-1974) led the India League from 1929 to 1947, thereafter becoming India’s first high commissioner to the United Kingdom following the 1947 Indian Independence Act. He served as India’s chief delegate to the United Nations between 1952 and 1960.


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