As a champion of the black labor movement, Ted Brown worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr., throughout the civil rights movement. The two men became particularly close when Brown became president of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa in 1962. Throughout the 1960s, Brown and King collaborated on projects supporting African liberation struggles and an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Levison reports on the progress of the Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South, a legal defense group formed in response to King's Alabama perjury indictment.1 He also decries the recent statement of Thurgood Marshall, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, that “the first stage of demonstrations should be ended” in favor of courtroom challenges.
Rustin wrote King on 10 November urging him to send a letter to labor leader Wurf, thanking his union for participating in the 25 October Youth March for Integrated Schools.1 Rustin enclosed a draft of the proposed letter.2
Mr. Jerry Wurf, Regional Director
American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
22 Elk Street
New York 7, New York
On 10 December Maude Ballou responded on King's behalf to this supportive letter from the leaders of the Transport Workers Union.
Dr. Martin King,
Dear Dr. King:
Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. [Laughter] It's always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you, and Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world.
In a 19 April letter, Highlander director Myles Horton requested that King give the closing address at the leadership training school's anniversary seminar, “The South Thinking Ahead.”1 The conference included workshops on the implications of integration for religious groups, educators, trade unions, and community organizations. Among the 179 persons present were Tallahassee civil rights leader C. K.
In this interview from Challenge, a publication of the Young Peoples Socialist League, King responds to questions regarding the broader implications of the civil rights struggle.1 He argues that “complete political, economic and social equality” requires “a whole series of measures which go beyond the specific issue of segregation” and explains that the success of this struggle will depend on the realization of a “gigantic and integrated alliance of the progressive social forces in the United Sta