Letter from a Lithuanian American to MLK

Abstract

In this letter to Dr. King, a Lithuanian immigrant to the United States writes that he agrees with the campaign for Negro rights and believes that all U.S. citizens should be treated equally.

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Letter from a Lithuanian American to MLK
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[Underlined: Hope you will read this.] 6671 Sunset Bld. Hollywood 28, CALIF. Suite 1585, Room 106 Dear Reverend, I am sorry for my bad English, for I come from Lituania, and have been here 10 years. I do agree that negros have been terribly mistreated. I feel [Underlined:very bad] about it. I do agree with their demands ( as long as they do not go against majority voted government by force and anarchy. I think I should not be beaten up because 200 years ago. Whites [committed?] this terrible crime against negros) I [Underlined: do think] negros are very friendly and warm peoples, not black or white. I, as a new citizen of this country, feel that as the peoples in this counrty should be [Underlined: equal], and be able to go to some churches if Negros wish to do so. To be able to go to some and [Circled: all] restaurants and be U.S. President himself if he is elected (which some day soon he will be, I am sure! But by votes only and democracy say, [Underlined: majority votes at all peoples at the Republic! or Do I understand Demacracy wrong Reverned?] My country Lituania is governed by 5000 Communist installed 1939 by Sov. Unions Armryand Polit. Bureau [Underlined: agianst] 4 million Lituanians. I can prove that Reverend! Same thing happen in Hungary as you remember. Same thing will happen is So. Vietnam. [Underlined: No elections have been held in N. Vietnam ever. You do not thing sir], that, then Lithuanians, Hungarians, So. Vienncong [Vietnamese] should be helped? We are not military nation. We need need help. If you can please answer me. Cordially [MS: Illegible]
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