Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a Christian minister and the one-time leader of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and later became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He helped organize the march on Washington in March 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. On October 4, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
One page, 8 ½ x 11, TLS, November 9, 1965, on Southern Christian Leadership Conference stationary, to Arthur O. Shackman of North Hollywood, CA. “Thank you for your warm and encouraging letter.
“Statements of support from men of good will, such as yourself, are a true inspiration to myself and our staff.
“Martin L. King, Jr.
Bold signature in blue ink pen. With original cover. Image of King is from the internet.
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