Telegram addressed by Mr. R.J.Bunche to Rev. M.L.King, Jr.

22 February 1956

I greet you as a fellow-American and a fellow-Negro.

You and our fellow Negro citizens of Montgomery are doing heroic work in the vineyards of democracy. Your patient determination, your wisdom and quiet courage are constituting an inspiring chapter in the history of human dignity. You have steadfastly refused to barter away your dignity and may God bless you for that.

You are good Americans and you are acting in the spirit of the finest American tradition and in the best interests of our country. You may be confident that in the end justice and decency will prevail.

I greatly admire and warmly congratulate you all. I know that you will continue strong in spirit and that you will stand firm and united in the face of threats and resorts to police-state methods of intimidation. Right is on your side and all the world know it.

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Title: Telegram, 1956 February 22, to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr
By:  Bunche, Ralph J. (Ralph Johnson), 1904-1971, Correspondent
Date: February 22, 1956
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