"Of course, I live with misrepresentation of facts almost each day concerning my life and work": autograph letter signed by martin luther king, jr.

Autograph Letter Signed By Martin Luther King Jr.


Item Number: 33020

Atlanta, Georgia: 1964.

Autograph letter signed by Martin Luther King Jr. to Margaret Long, Editor of New South: The Journal of the Southern Regional Council. One page, on Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, Dr. King corresponds with Margaret Long regarding a recently published article concerning the African American Civil Rights Movement, it is dated April 5, 1964.  It reads, “For several weeks I have intended answering your letter of February 18th. A brief trip out of the country, constant absences from the city and the accumulation of a huge volume of mail account for the delay. Since I am about the leave the office again, my reply will have to be very brief. I simply want to say that I am very grateful to you for writing to me, and the temporary misunderstanding which may have developed as a result of your article in the Progressive has now passed away. I am sure that you can understand why we reacted as we did in the beginning. We felt that some of the things stated were misrepresentations of the facts. Of course, I live with misrepresentation of facts almost each day concerning my life and work, and I never bother to answer such accusations because they are usually from persons that may be considered enemies to the civil rights struggle. But when misrepresentations come from friends, you do have a different reaction. I am so sure, however, that your statements were not malicious in intent. Consequently, I hope you do not interpret our concern as representing condemnation. As you know, I have great admiration for you as a person and as a writer, and can assure you that this admiration has not been diminished one iota as a result of your article in the Progressive. I hope our paths cross again real soon. It is always good to see you. With warm personal regards. Sincerely yours, Martin.” A remarkable piece offering deep insight into Martin Luther King Jr.’s daily life. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 24 inches.

Margaret Long served as the editor of New South: The Journal of the Southern Regional Council from 1961 to 1966 in which she was featured in a regular column, "Strictly Subjective". The Southern Regional Council was a non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 1944 by Howard W. Odum to promote racial equality in the Southern United States. A coalition of lawyers, ministers, and newspaper editors from thirteen southern states, the SRC was composed mostly of white Americans. The organization's membership declined by almost half when it resolved to openly condemn segregation, stating that it "in and of itself constitutes discrimination and inequality of treatment."

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