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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Travels

From Harold Edward Pinkston

Pinkston, a divinity student at Virginia Union, had known King during the early 1950s while both assisted Rev. William H. Hester at Boston’s Twelfth Baptist Church. He offers to transport King from the Richmond airport to Rev. Wyatt “Tee” Walker’s home in Petersburg, Virginia, where King would stay before giving a speech to the Virginia state NAACP convention on 5 October. W. Lester Banks, the executive secretary of the state NAACP, thanked King on 8 November for his participation.

Hello “Mike,”

To Clair M. Cook

King accepts the annual Social Justice Award from the National Religion and Labor Foundation, sharing the award with Senator Herbert H. Lehman of New York and Father John La Farge. Previous recipients included Thurgood Marshall, George Meany, Walter Reuther, and Eleanor Roosevelt. King received the award on 24 April 1957 in New York.

Dr. Clair M. Cook, Executive Director1
National Religion and Labor Foundation
3494 1/2 North High Street
Columbus 2, Ohio

To J. Raymond Henderson

Juanita and Ralph Abernathy accompanied the Kings on a June vacation and speaking trip to Los Angeles. Among other engagements, King was scheduled to speak at the annual preaching mission at Henderson’s Second Baptist Church from 10 to 15 June and the Fifty-first National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress. In this letter King responds to Henderson’s 22 May letter (which King received 24 May) confirming the arrangements.

From Martin Luther King, Sr.

King's father reports on church-related activities in Atlanta. He encloses a check sent to him by Hampton Z. Barker, an organist and director of music at Morris College in South Carolina. In his letter thanking Barker, King, Sr., wrote: ‘Altho we need it badly on our building Fund here at Ebenezer, but I agree fully with you, Negroes out of Alabama should contribute something to this protest.” 1

Dr. M. L. King, Jr.
309 South Jackson St
Montgomery, Ala.

To C. R. Williams

Mr. C. R. Williams
Pilgrim Health & Life Insurance Co.
131 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Mr. Williams:

Thanks for your very kind letter of November 25.

After checking my schedule, I find that I will be available to serve as guest speaker for the Emancipation Proclamation Program, Sunday, January 1. Please feel free to contact me concerning further developments.

With every good wish, I am


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