From Martin Luther King Jr. to my grandfather
Monday January 18th 2021, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Family,History

June 23, 1964

The Honorable Wallace F Bennett

Senate Office Building

Washington 25, DC


Dear Mr. Bennett:

Your vote together with those of your midwestern colleagues in the Senate was the sine qua non for passage of an effective Civil Rights Act. You have earned the sincere gratitude of freedom loving people the world over. I add to theirs my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Sincerely yours,

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dictated by Dr King but signed in his absence

Grampa considered that vote the most important one of his 24-year Senate career and told us grandkids that. He nearly lost his seat over it, but he wanted to teach us that standing up for what was right was what he was there for in the first place. As should we in all things.


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Oh my, what a wonderful memory to pass along! And what a legacy for your grandfather to leave behind.

Comment by Pegi F 01.19.21 @ 3:40 am


Comment by Lisa RR 01.19.21 @ 7:23 pm

That is tremendous! What a thing to have. History and memory.

Comment by ccr in MA 01.19.21 @ 7:50 pm

When the right thing to do is done… Thank you for sharing this part of your family history with us.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 02.01.21 @ 8:00 am

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