Quite a few of the documents on The King Center's Digital
Archives - which went live on Martin Luther King Day on Monday
- are letters. Some are letters from African-American adults asking
Dr. King for help, or pointing out issues in their localities.
Quite a few of the letters, though, are from children.
There's this one asking for Dr. King for an interview
for their "negro" history project in 7th grade. We have no idea if
they got the interview. And we have no idea how their project
turned out, given that King was killed two months after the letter
A lot of children's letters on the site, in fact, were written
in the days after Dr. King's death. Most of them run along the same
lines as this one, by Frank J. Pastor, written on April 5, 1968. It
Dear Mis. King
I hope you will be Happee.
We are praying for hime.
I hope your famelee will be Hppee.
Another one, written Karen Ladin, was actually
addressed to God. But it was apparently send to Dr. King. We have
no age or information on the letter writer. But from the
handwriting, we can deduce she was still in grade school.
Then there's this letter asking Dr. King how he became
famous. We don't know what King, whose last sermon preached against the
vagaries of fame, thought of the letter, or if he answered it.
Check out the letters and get a sense of the era at TheKingCenter.org.
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