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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Travels

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:

Annual Report, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Presented on 18 November 1958

Delayed by his ongoing recovery, King delivered this annual report almost a month after the traditional end of the church year. He regretted that “for three long months I found it impossible to occupy the pulpit” and included his personal thanks to the Dexter membership for their support: “As you know, this has been a rather difficult year for me.

To Bradford P. Laws

King had responded with qualified interest to an 11 February proposal from Laws to represent him through Law’s public relations firm.1 In a 19 May letter Laws recommended a $500 minimum for King’s speaking engagements and informed him that all organizations requesting an appearance would be “checked against the Subversive List issued by the Attorney General of the United States.”

To Arthur L. Johnson

Johnson wrote King on 3 March, asking him to appear at an 11 March reception for the Detroit branch of the NAACP.1 After learning that King would not be able to attend, Johnson responded on 6 March that he was "shocked and disappointed." He cautioned King to "be ever mindful that a helping hand from you is ten, twenty-five, one hundred times more productive than that of countless other friends whose resources and influence can never quite measure up to their interest in this work."

To O. Clay Maxwell

At Maxwell’s request, King seconded New York minister Gardner Taylor’s nomination of Maxwell for president of the National Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress at its Omaha convention, held 18 through 21 June.1 Maxwell won the election, and King was elected vice president of the Congress. Maxwell responded to this letter on 22 July, noting that Taylor and King’s nominations were among "the most beautiful pieces of convention strategy I have seen in a long time."


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