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To Richard M. Nixon

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

Date: May 15, 1957

Location: Montgomery, Ala.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Travels


Following up on the conversation he had with Nixon in Ghana, King proposes possible dates for a meeting in Washington. On 23 May, Nixon agreed to meet with King in his Senate office on 13 June.1 King confirmed on 28 May, noting that he was “looking forward with great anticipation to a most profitable afternoon together.”

Mr. Richard Nixon, Vice-president 
The United States of America 
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Nixon:

Ever since our conversation in Ghana, at which time you were gracious enough to invite me to Washington to talk over some of the problems which we confront in the South during this period of transition, I have been intending to write you. On returning to the office, however, I found that my work had accumulated to such an extent that I am just getting to the point of somewhat catching up.

I am still quite interested in talking with you at your earliest convenience. I can arrange to be in Washington on any of the following dates: May 24, the afternoon of June 7, June 13 or 14. If either of these dates fits in with your very busy schedule I would be delighted to arrange to be with you. I will look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

With every good wish.

Cordially yours, 
Martin Luther King, Jr.,


1. For more on this meeting see King, Statement on meeting with Richard M. Nixon, pp. 222–223 in this volume. 

Source: PPRN-CYlRMN, Pre-Presidential Papers of Richard M. Nixon, Special Files, PPS 320, Richard Nixon Foundation, Yorba Linda, Calif.

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