King conveys his and Coretta’s regrets at being unable to attend a desegregation workshop at the Highlander Folk School. He and Ralph Abernathy would attend the school’s twenty fifth anniversary celebration a year later during the Labor Day weekend.
Mrs. S. P. Clark, Workshop Director
Highlander Folk School
Dear Mrs. Clark:
This is to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter of July 30. Absence from the city for several days has delayed my reply.
Mrs. King and I were happy to learn of the invitation to the Highlander Folk School. Unfortunately, however, a series of previous committments make it impossible for us to accept this gracious invitation. It is with deepest regrets that we will be unable to attend.
We have long heard of the great and noble work being carried on by the Highlander Folk School. We look forward with great anticipation to the day that we will be able to accept such an invitation. I hope we will be able to come next summer.
Very sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.,
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.