Lot 150: TLS signed "Martin," one page, 8.5 x 11, Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, July 19, 1963. Letter to Dr. Hamilton T. Boswell of the Jones Methodist Church in San Francisco. In full: "By now I am sure that you have received the message which my secretary gave to the Rev. John Moore. When I talked with you by telephone I had high hopes of being able to accept your very gracious invitation to speak for the San Francisco Conference on Religion and Race. After checking my schedule, I soon discovered I had a 'People-to-People' tour of the State of Louisiana for the very week of your meeting. But for this I would be more than happy to serve you. Please know that I deeply regret my inability to come. I am sure you can understand the very difficult schedule under which I am laboring these days. We are always indebted to you for your constant support. Such moral and financial support are of inestimable value for the continuance of our humble efforts. You have my prayers and best wishes for continued success in the significant work you are doing." In fine condition. Accompanied by photocopies of Boswell's letter to King as well as a copy of the paper Boswell read at the September 5, 1963 meeting, 'The San Francisco Situation.'Hamilton Boswell was the most prominent black leader in the San Francisco area, twice awarded the Freedom Award by the NAACP. He was the first chairman of the San Francisco Conference on Religion and Race and the co-chair of the Church Labor Conference, the rallying force of the city's support of King. He had helped organize a 'Conference on Religion and Race' in his city in September to unite Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and other religious leaders. Although King was unable to attend, the conference initiated a course of demonstrations and lobbying, often with good results, throughout the civil rights struggles of the rest of the 1960s.
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