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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Threats/attacks against

To Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Shortly before leaving for the Tenth Annual Baptist World Alliance in Rio de Janeiro, King assails Powell's allegations that he and Randolph were “‘captives’ of behind the-scenes interests” and that King had “been under undue influences ever since Bayard Rustin…went to Alabama to help in the bus boycott.”1 Powell also reportedly accused them of excluding the NAACP from their plans to protest the upcoming conventions.2 King entr

Letter to Georgia Elma Harkness

On 30 September theologian Georgia Harkness conveyed to King her “sympathy and admiration in the recent crisis which has come to you, as previously in your valiant fight for justice.” 1 After reading Stride Toward Freedom, she told King that her “enthusiasm” was “unbounded” and called the book “a great story of a great event in Christian social history.”

To A. Philip Randolph

King thanks Randolph, who served as chair of a fundraising drive that collected in excess of $2,300 toward expenses resulting from King’s stabbing on 20 September.1 Randolph replied to this letter on 19 November, noting that he was happy to have been able to raise funds for King’s recovery: “In doing this, we were not only helping you, but the great cause of human dignity.’’

From J. Raymond Henderson

Henderson, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles and friend of the King family, urges King to leave Montgomery because he is a "marked man." Henderson also enclosed a letter he wrote the same day to Roy Wilkins, urging him to offer King a position with the NAACP: "It would be tragic if we allowed him to sacrifice himself on the altar of the white man's hatred in one city. . . . King's name is, and with prudence on his part, will for years remain, magic over this land.''

From R. D. and Effie Crockett

While recuperating, King received daily summaries of his office phone calls and correspondence from his secretary Maude Ballou. With her 16 October report Ballou forwarded this "very beautiful letter" from Dexter members Effie and R. D. Crockett.1 R D. Crockett, a professor at Alabama State College and a friend of King's from Boston University, occasionally served as a guest preacher at Dexter during the fall of 1958.

To Wyatt Tee Walker

On 16 October Walker wrote of his congregation's concern for King's health and proposed several dates for King to speak in Petersburg, Virginia. Walker also enclosed a copy of a 16 October letter he wrote to SCLC executive director John Tilley stating his intention to form an SCLC branch in Virginia and to distribute Stride Toward Freedom.

Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, Minister
The Gillfield Baptist Church
209 Perry Street
Petersburg, Virginia

Dear Tee:

Interview by Richard D. Heffner for "The Open Mind"

Producer Richard D. Heffner of the NBC Sunday television program “The Open Mind” interviews King and former federal judge J. Waties Waring, who wrote the sole dissenting decision against school segregation in Briggs v. Elliott.1 NAACP youth secretary Herbert Wright helped enlist King for this NBC Negro History Week program on “The New Negro.”2 Heffner’s first question follows a brief introduction of his two guests.


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