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Fellowship House

Founded in 1931 as the Young People’s Interracial Fellowship of Philadelphia, Fellowship House is an interracial and inter-religious community center with Quaker roots. In the spring of 1950, while a student at Crozer Seminary, Dr. King heard Howard University President Mordecai Johnson speak about Mahatma Gandhi at Fellowship House. He was so profoundly moved that he bought “a half-dozen books” about the Indian nonviolent revolutionary. As an advocacy organization, Fellowship House was active in the Civil Rights Movement. It was the center of controversy in the summer of 1965, having arranged a two-day visit to Philadelphia by Dr. King. The planned visit angered the president of the local NAACP. Negotiations followed cancellation of the tour. King made the trip, stopping at Girard College where the NAACP was leading protests against the school’s refusal to admit blacks. He also addressed a breakfast meeting at Fellowship House, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and several rallies.

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Letter from Ludwig Meyer to MLK

Ludwig Meyer, Chairman of the Frankford Friends Meeting's Forum Committee, invites Dr. King to speak at his organization. Meyer states that if the date of the event is not convenient, he would like Coretta Scott King to be present.