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Ballou, Maude L.

b. 1926

Maude Ballou served as Dr. King’s personal secretary from 1955 to 1960. Born and raised in Alabama, Ballou graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1947, earning a bachelor of science in business administration. She and her husband Leonard Ballou moved to Montgomery in 1952. Ballou assisted Dr. King and the Montgomery Improvement Association throughout the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She often wrote letters on King’s behalf and played a critical role in responding to letters while King was recovering from his near-fatal stabbing. She moved with King to Atlanta in 1960 but soon after accompanied her husband to his new position at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Correspondence from Maude L. Ballou to Miss Frehse - Apr 29, 1960

Here Maude L. Ballou is responding to Miss Frehse letter concerning questions about MLK's book "Stride Towards Freedom." Miss Ballou states that MLK's time schedule is too full to respond to her questions.

Letter from Coretta Scott King to Maude Ballou

Coretta Scott King offers her gratitude to Maude Ballou for her sending a form for a birth certificate.

Letter from Dr. King's Secretary, Maude L. Ballou

In this standard response letter, Dr. King's personal secretary highlighted the progress made in his recovery from a nearly fatal stabbing in Harlem. It also notes that Dr. King would respond to his many "well wishes", once he had been cleared by his physicians.

Letter from Maude Ballou to MLK

Maude Ballou, Dr. King's personal secretary at the Montgomery Improvement Association, writes to Dr. King during his recovery at Harlem Hospital in New York, after being stabbed a few days before. Ms. Ballou provides Dr. King a detailed report of pending correspondences awaiting his attention.

Letter from Maude L. Ballou to Mrs. King about MLK Schedule

The secretary of Dr. King's first pastorate, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, sent this correspondence to Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The letter addresses Dr. King's itinerary, upon his return to Montgomery, and hopes for his full recovery, following his 1958 stabbing in Harlem.

Letter from Maude to MLK

Maude extends her wishes for the rapid recovery of Dr. King, following a stabbing in New York. She assures him that she is holding down the fort and provides him with a breakdown of correspondences that he has received.

Letter from Mel Koch to MLK

Mel Koch responds to Dr. King's request about purchasing Volkswagen Microbuses for the Montgomery Improvement Association. Koch includes reasons as to why he opposes the idea and cannot recommend the vehicles for King's purposes.

Letter from MLK to Mimi A. Edwards

Dr. King responds to the letter of Mimi Edwards, as student at Elizabeth City Teachers College in North Carolina. He stresses the impact that a nonviolent movement can have on the South, the nation, and the world. He also enclosed copies of two articles to assist Miss Edwards with a paper she is writing.

Letter from MLK to Ralph Abernathy

Dr. King sends notice to Ralph Abernathy about expenses relating to SCLC's phone bills and staff salaries.