Famous Diaries: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Civil Rights Letters

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is just around the corner (January 20th), and this month is an important time to honour his hard work and achievements in the Civil Rights Movement.

In an October 2013 auction Maude Ballou, a former secretary and personal friend of King, auctioned off thirty-nine pieces of history as she sold artifacts from their time together as civil rights activists. Part of the collection featured in the New York gallery of Heritage Auctions sale was letters written from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ballou as he prepared to return to the United States after a visit to India. The letters are an intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the twentieth century’s most influential people and are an important part of world history.

In this undated photograph is a letter to friend and personal secretary, Maude Ballou, written by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he nears the end of his stay in India, updating her on his plans for his return to the States. It is among the items Ballou, his personal secretary from 1955 to 1960, collected during her tenure with the civil rights icon, and was auctioned off Oct. 17 in New York. Ballou worked for King during the early years of the civil rights movement when he led the Montgomery Improvement Association and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions, HO)
Via: The Huffington Post

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