This letter was sent as a thank you for a condolence message sent by Roberta Tate to Dr. King "in connection with the unfortunate incident he experienced in New York." The incident refers to the September 20, 1958 attack on Dr. King in Harlem, New York. While signing copies of his book, Stride Toward Freedom, Izola Curry stabbed Dr. King in the chest with a letter opener. She believed that Dr. King was conspiring against her with communists. Doctors were able to save Dr. King's life after hours of surgery.
Typewritten letter from Martin Luther King Jr. to Roberta Tate. The letter is signed by King in blue ink and is dated October 23, 1958. The letterhead is printed in black at the top center, in a gothic font. The letter begins with "Dear Mrs. Tate: Thank you so much for the kind message / you sent to me in connection with the unfortunate incident I experienced in New York..." The back of the document is blank.
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, published in 1958, is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic account of the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Typewritten letter from Martin Luther King Jr. to Roberta Tate. The letter is signed by King in black ink and is dated December 24, 1958. The letterhead is printed in black at the top in a gothic font. The letter begins with "Dear Miss Tate: This is just a note to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter..." The back of the document is blank.
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.53.1a, 2011.174.53.1b, 2011.174.53.1c, 2011.174.53.1d, 2011.174.53.1e, and 2011.174.53.1f. There is also a photograph and a newspaper clipping that relate to the interview. They are 2011.174.53.3 and 2011.174.53.4.
David and Satoko Ackerman recall meeting at the Chicago Theological Seminary and remember their classmate the Reverend Jesse Jackson urging students to attend the Selma to Montgomery March. They recall traveling to Selma, participating in the march, and their later life in Silver Spring, Maryland.