Original letter to the President and members of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Letter is dated "May 24, 1956" at the top. Typed with some handwritten edits in pencil, believed to be a notation by Rosa Parks. Letter is in good condition with some wear along right edge. Measures 11 x 8 1/2".
The letter is from the Nomination Committee of the Montgomery Improvement Association. In it they put forward their unanimous nominations for roles within the society. Martin Luther King, Jr. is nominated for President, the Rev. R. D. Abernathy for First Vice-President. There is a handwritten addition in pencil for the nomination for Assistant Treasurer.
The Montgomery Improvement Association was founded in 1955. Under the leadership of the 26 year old Martin Luther King, Jr., the Association was instrumental in forwarding and sustaining the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It was King's role as President of this organization, and in guiding the boycott, that gained him attention at the national level.
From the Gregory Reed Collection. Gregory Reed was Rosa Parks' lawyer, and consequently had in his possession a number of documents relating to African American history and the Civil Rights movement. Additionally, he represented the family members and Estates of members of various Motown groups, such as the Temptations.