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To Richard Bartlett Gregg

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Montgomery Improvement Association)
May 1, 1956


King thanks Greg for his 2 April letter and praises his book, The Power of Nonviolence. When a second revised edition was published in 1959, King provided the foreword. Greg responded on 20 May.1

Mr. Richard B. Gregg
Forest Farm
Jamaica, Vermont

Dear Mr. Gregg:

This is just a note to say how happy I was to receive your very kind letter. At present I am in the process of reading your book. I must say that it has been a most stimulating experience. The content is profound, the style very lucid and the general tone filled with lasting spiritual meaning. I don't know when I have read anything that has given the idea of non-violence a more realistic and depthful interpretation. I assure you that it will be a lasting influence in my life.

I hope it will be possible for me to meet you personally some time in the near future. Glenn Smiley speaks of you quite often. He has been quite helpful throughout our situation here. Please feel free to write me at any time.

With every good wish, I am

Sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.,


1. See pp. 267-269 in this volume.


MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.