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King, Alberta Williams

b. 1904 - d. 1974

Alberta Williams King, the daughter of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor A. D. Williams, was the wife of Martin Luther King Sr. and the mother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trained as a teacher, she was not allowed by the local school board to teach as a married woman. She founded the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir and served as church organist for nearly 40 years. She was active in the YMCA, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Dr. King described his closeness to his mother in a paper he wrote while at Crozer Seminary. Alberta King was assassinated in the summer of 1974 by Marcus Chenault as she played the organ during a Sunday service at Ebenezer.

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A Resolution for Dr. King from the Church Women United in Atlanta

This is a resolution honoring Dr. King's life and work upon his untimely death.

Biography of Rev. Martin Luther King Sr

This document presents a biographical sketch of Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.

Called To Responsible Freedom

Mount Olivet sponsors a youth week program of Christian education featuring Dr. King as a keynote speaker.

Church Program of the Installation of Rev. A. D. Williams King

This program details the installation services of Reverend A. D. Williams King at The First Baptist Church of Ensley, Alabama. A number of community and church leaders, including his older brother, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, welcome the young pastor and his family to his new pastorate position.

Final Itinerary for Mrs. Coretta King and Party

This document contains the final itinerary for Mrs. King and her party's trip. The group is traveling with Henderson Travel Service to Oslo, Norway to see Dr. King receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Flight Schedule for Coretta Scott King and Party

The Henderson Travel Service provides a detailed schedule of suggested flights for Coretta Scott King and others traveling to witness Dr. King receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from August Schou to MLK

August Schou of the Nobel Committee responds to Dr. King's secretary, Dora McDonald, regarding Dr. King's arrival in Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize Award. Schou explains the importance of Dr. King arriving at the recommended date as well as the proper attire and a short list of other individuals invited to join Dr. King.

Letter from Betty to Mrs. King

Betty writes Mrs. King to check on their children and to wish them the best.

Letter from Dennis Askey to Dora McDonald Regarding Nobel Peace Prize

Dennis Askey from the United States Information Agency sends Dora McDonald a detailed itinerary of the award ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from Irene Bryson to MLK

Mrs. Bryson introduces herself as a former neighbor of the King family on Auburn Avenue and recalls fond memories during those years. She compliments Dr. King "as a God sent preacher," and cites biblical scriptures for him to incorporate in his public speaking. Bryson states, teaching God's word "is what it is going to take to help this sin sick world we are living in."

Letter from Irene Harper to Dora McDonald

Irene Harper inquires of Dr. King's secretary if it would be possible to meet with the King family.

Letter from MLK's Secretary to Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr.

Dr. King's secretary sends information to Dr. King's parents regarding their upcoming trip to Oslo, Norway.

Letter from Uvee Mdodana Arbouin to MLK

Uvee Arbouin thanks Dr. King for a past letter and encloses a financial contribution. She expresses that he has never received a donation that is "backed with" so much gratitude for his leadership.

List of Persons to Meet Governor Rockefeller

This document is a copy of the list of people who are scheduled to meet Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

MLK at his 36th Birthday Celebration

This series of photographs depicts Dr. King celebrating his birthday with family and friends.

MLK Speech: Acceptance of Spingarn Medal

Dr. King addresses the attendees at the NAACP 48th Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan. He acknowledges the noble men and women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement, for which his leadership earned him this award. Dr. King also discusses the ongoing struggle for civil rights and the nonviolent approach needed for the American Negro to win freedom and justice.

MLK's 36th Birthday Celebration

Friends and family celebrate with Dr. King at his 36th birthday party.

Nobel Lecture Itinerary

This is an itinerary for the King family for the Nobel Peace Prize luncheon and lecture.

Nobel Prize Atlanta Dinner Address Outline

Dr. King outlines his address for the January 27, 1965 recognition dinner honoring him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He intends to speak on topics of racial justice, nonviolence and poverty, while discussing the strides made by the movement and the uphill battles still to be faced. Over 1000 people attended the program, the first integrated dinner in Atlanta's history.

Power of Attorney

This document appoints Chauncey Eskridge as agent and attorney for Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr. in Philadelphia.