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    Martin Luther King, Jr., Autograph Note with Related Letter. On January 25, 1957, Myrtle Moore, membership secretary for the Palo Alto-Stanford Branch of the NAACP wrote to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., informing him that her "branch of NAACP 'adopted' the Montgomery branch for the year 1957, paying in to the New York headquarters $1,050.00 as dues for your branch." She adds that they youth members in California "have now become very much interested in knowing more about what is going on down there in the Southland, and they wish very much to become 'pen pals' with the YOUTH of your erstwhile branch." Having a racially diverse group of youngsters, including "some white members, altho [sic] not as many as we would like to have," she asks if the young people in Alabama would correspond with those in California.

    Two months later, on March 6, 1957, Maude L. Ballou, friend and personal secretary to Dr. King, sent a typed letter in response (the letter included in this lot is a copy of that letter), apologizing for the delay and explaining that "Through some error your encouraging and inspiring letter was misplace in the great flood of mail here in the office" and that "Rev. King left on February 26, for an extended tour of Africa and Europe . . . I would, however, like to express the gratitude of Rev. King and the people of Montgomery for the very kind gesture in our behalf." Having returned from his trip, Dr. King wrote a short note in blue ink at the top of Mrs. Ballou's letter asking her to send it on to Rosa Parks, then the secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP. The letter is lightly toned with small spots of foxing and smoothed folds.

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