Volume 3: Birth of a New Age,
To Benjamin F. McLaurin
6 May 1956
Mr. B. F. McLaurin, Coordinator
Dear Mr. McLaurin:
This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of May 1. I talked with Bayard Rustin the other day, and stated that I would not be able to accept the invitation to be at the Madison Square Garden Civil Rights Rally May 24. Certainly I regret this very deeply. I also made contact with Rev. Abernathy and found that he would not be able to come. I think that Mrs. Parks is being contacted, and in the event that she cannot come, I believe it will be possible for Mr. E. D. Nixon to come. You may feel free to contact Bayard Rustin for the major details of our telephone conversation.
You have my prayers and best wishes for a most successful program. We will forever be grateful to you and the fine citizens of New York for the real interest you have taken in our struggle.
TLc. MLKP-MBU: Box 62.
The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.