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    [Martin Luther King Jr.]. Archive of Montgomery Improvement Association Ephemera comprised of fifteen documents spanning the years 1956 through 1960 including: Martin Luther King Jr: Copy of the Annual Address . . . Delivered at the First Annual Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change. Twenty pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, December 3, 1956. Following his opening remarks, Dr. King discusses the challenges of living in a new age of equality. [and:] Program: A Testimonial of Love and Loyalty. Four pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, February 1, 1960. Just over two months earlier, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resigned his position as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to move to Atlanta to be closer to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. To show their love, the MIA sponsored a musical performance featuring church choirs from around the area. [and:] Handwritten Program for a Mass Prayer Meeting. Two pages, 7.5" x 8.5", Montgomery, March 18, 1956. Written entirely in pencil in an unknown hand, the program gives the order of the service including the names of hymns and prayers. [and:] MIA Newsletter. Vol. 2, No. 1. Three pages (recto only), 8.5" x 14", Montgomery, October 7, 1959 [and:] MIA Newsletter. Vol. 1, No. 7. Three pages (recto only), 8.5" x 14", Montgomery, November 18, 1957. [and:] Program: Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change. Seven pages, 6" x 9", Montgomery, December 3-9, 1956, featuring the theme "Freedom and Dignity Through Love." [and:] Program: Second Annual Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change. Four pages, 6" x 9", Montgomery, December 5-8, 1957, featuring the theme "Freedom and Dignity Through Civic Responsibility." [and:] Program: Third Annual Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change. Six pages, 6" x 9", Montgomery, December 1-7, 1958, featuring the theme "Exploring Opportunities For Spiritual, Social, Economic and Political Growth." [and:] Program: Mass Meeting. Three pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Montgomery, August 22, 1960. Held at the Beulah Baptist Church, the program was "dedicated to these very fine people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom and justice for all mankind." Several people were to receive awards by honorees such as Jo Ann Robinson, Lawrence D. Reddick, and Rosa Parks. [and:] Typed Letter Regarding the Release of Stride Toward Freedom. One page, 8.5" x 14", Montgomery, n. d. [circa Summer 1958]. Announcing the release of Dr. King's book on the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the nation in September 1958, however, "the book stores of Montgomery (because of fears of economic reprisals) will not have this book." [and:] Biographical Sketch of Martin Luther King, Jr. Three pages, 8.5" x 14", circa 1958. [and:] Appeal for Renewed Loyalty to Members. One page, 8.5" x 11", [Montgomery], n.d. In part: "In the history of every movement, there comes that crucial hour . . . [where] the loyalty of that membership of the movement or organization is tested." To maintain devotion to the cause, they "refuse to be shaken by unfavorable publicity . . . give support to the institution of 'Non-violence and Social Change' . . . pay for a membership in the organization . . . [and] pray for and incourage [sic] our great leader." [and:] Letter of Invitation. One page, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, October 29, 1957, inviting the recipient to attend the second Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change. [and:] Membership Campaign Letter. One page, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, circa 1957. Now in its second year, the MIA is asking for members who desire "to be a part of the struggle for freedom, justice and universal human rights." [and:] Unused MLK letterhead. From the Maude Ballou Civil Rights Papers.

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