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Martin Luther King, Jr., held firmly to the Gandhian principles of nonviolent resistance throughout his life. Gandhi used nonviolent resistance to gain India's independence from the British Empire. In an effort to expand his understanding of Gandhi and his methods, King left, with wife, Coretta, and Lawrence Reddick, historian, chairman of the history department at Alabama State College, and King’s biographer, by his side on a five week tour of India on February 3, 1959.
Nearing the end of his stay in India, King writes that he will return earlier than planned, spending three days in New York before arriving back in Montgomery. He asks that Maude L. Ballou keep his arrival quiet, saying that he may make a surprise appearance at church. He asks Ballou to inform the president of Alabama State College that he has taken a position as an editor with the Christian Century, a widely read Protestant journal, and mention that Stride Toward Freedom, was selected as one of the 50 most notable books for the year by the American Library Association.
King informs Ballou that he will soon be leaving for the Middle East on his way home and suggests that she mail him a letter to the YMCA Hotel in Jerusalem updating him on additional events. He notes that they have had a wonderful time and the people of India “from governmental officials on down, have lavished us with hospitality.” Dr. King has handwritten and signed this 6 ½ x 8 inch eight-page letter in pen. The letter is in fine condition and comes with a LOA from University Archives.
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