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Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection: Series 7: Montgomery Improvement Association Organizational Records

Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0131m

Scope and Contents of the Series

The series is comprised of papers about the Montgomery bus protest, correspondence, and a few other documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). An outline of the protest, letter to the Montgomery Public, statement on the Supreme Court decision, and list of suggestions for integrated buses explain the origins of the protest, the non-violent nature of the movement, and its resolution. The correspondence and form letters discuss contributions to the cause, volunteering, expressions of support, membership, and the organization’s operational activities. The series also has information about the future of the association, including a press release about the January 10-11, 1957 conference to coordinate the campaign for integrated transportation, a reprint of King’s annual address on MIA’s fourth anniversary, a pamphlet detailing a ten point program for the MIA after the bus protests, and proposed plan outlining a resolution for united Christian action to build a better south. In addition, there is a program from a song and praise service saluting the Freedom Riders on May 21, 1961 that was beset by a white mob outside of the church and a memo about the case of Jimmy Wilson, sentenced to death for robbing an elderly white woman.


  • Creation: 1955-1965


Language of Materials

Materials are in English

Restrictions on Access

Access is restricted to digital surrogates available in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Restrictions on Use

All documents in this collection either are protected by copyright or are the property Morehouse College, and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. Permission to consult the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection does not automatically include permission to publish from the Collection. Permission to publish or quote from previously unpublished materials or from materials under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder. Requests for permission to publish any of Dr. King’s copyrighted speeches, sermons, books or other writings, in whole or in part, shall be addressed to Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., 449 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30312.


0.5 Linear feet

Arrangement of the Series

The series is arranged alphabetically.

Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
Series 7: Montgomery Improvement Association Organizational Records
Finding Aid prepared by Bridget T. Lerette
2008 October
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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