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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Arrests

To Daniel W. Wynn

Wynn, a fellow graduate of Boston University, who occasionally served as guest preacher at Dexter, wrote King on 18 February calling himself “one of the thousands of friends who believe in your integrity and who can understand. . . the cross that you have borne since 1954.” He encouraged King to remain strong: “The Master is certainly with you as you walk through another Calvary.”1

From John Malcolm Patterson

Alabama governor John Patterson demands that King publish a retraction of the 'false and defamatory" statements in a 29 March 1960 fund-raising appeal titled "Heed Their Rising Voices." 1 The text of the advertisement detailed the conditions that King and student protesters faced and criticized "the Southern violators" who "have answered Dr. King's peaceful protests with intimidation and violence."

From James R. Robinson

Robinson, CORE's executive secretary, requests that King appear at a fund-raising event because the organization had "suffered considerably" as a result of the appeal from the Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South.1 King, a member of CORE's advisory board since 1957, had recently expressed support for the organization and in August 1960 spoke at the group's nonviolent training institute in Miami.2

To L. Harold DeWolf

In a 10 May letter DeWolf, King's dissertation advisor, informed him that the Boston University Civil Rights Scholarship Fund had raised $2,500 for “any Negro or white student, who has been expelled from college for non-violent protest against discrimination.”1 King expresses enthusiasm for the scholarship fund and shares his surprise at the outcome of his perjury trial.

Dr. L. Harold DeWolf
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

From Rosa Parks

King receives a supportive letter from Parks, who refers obliquely to medical problems she had suffered since leaving Montgomery in 1957.1 A month after receiving this letter, King provided a statement of support for a fund-raising effort to benefit Parks: "Millions of Negroes all over this nation have a new sense of dignity and destiny because Mrs. Parks inspired an event which in turn inspired them.

From Clennon King

The presidential candidate for the Afro-American Unity Party congratulates King on his vindication in the Alabama perjury trial but complains that the hardships of "noted Negro integrationists" have been exaggerated. "Have you suffered in any way by having been falsely charged?" he asks.1

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Assistant Pastor
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Brother King,


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