The only known letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks could be yours.
According to reports, the historic item, written in 1960, went on sale for $125,000 on Tuesday by the website Moments in Time. The site’s curator Gary Zimet said, “It’s the only letter I’m aware of from King to Parks.”
Dated April 12, the kind note is a response to a March 14th letter the civil rights leader received from Parks. Explaining his delayed response, he wrote, “An extremely crowded schedule has stood in my way.”
“Your very kind words are very encouraging and consoling,” he told Ms. Parks. “In the midst of constant harassment and intimidation because of my involvement in the civil right struggle I often find myself asking, ‘Is it worth it?’ ” King shared. “But then a friend of good will comes along with kind and encouraging words that gives me renewed vigor and courage to carry on. Your letter serves such a purpose.”
MUST READ: Rosa Parks: The Story In Pictures
Parks became a civil rights figure in 1955 after she refused to give up her bus seat to a White man and sparked a 13-month Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott.
As for the origin of the document, Zimet said, “It emanates from the Rosa Parks family. Beyond that, I cannot be more specific.”
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Rosa Parks: The Story In Pictures
1. Rosa Parks' Arrest Photo...
On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama.
2. The Seat that Changed the Country...
A clear shot of the seat that Parks refused to give up.
The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), declared Aug. 5, 1957 as "Rosa Parks Day" and celebrated the occasion by gifting Ms. Parks $800 during an event at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church.
4. Rosa Parks on the Bus...
Contrary to popular belief, Ms. Parks wasn't too tired to give up her seat. In her autobiography, she says, “I was not tired physically or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
5. Rosa At Work...
Before becoming the icon that we all remember, Parks was an assistant tailor at a department store.
6. Marching To Montgomery...
Ms. Parks was heavily invested in boycotting and participating in marches, including the Selma to Montgomery Marches.
7. The Bus...
The Cleveland Avenue Bus at the Henry Ford Museum.
8. The Bus...
The bus that started it all.
9. Rosa Parks
Parks looks on.
10. Rosa & The Portrait Of Time
Parks stands next to her iconic portrait.
11. Rosa Parks receives an honor..
Rosa Parks with several leaders.
12. Rosa Parks and Hillary Clinton
The influential women share an intimate moment.
13. Rosa Parks and Bill Clinton
Two important leaders share a lighthearted moment.
14. Morgan Freeman and Rosa Parks
The two icons share a picture.
15. Rosa Parks, The Speaker...
Parks stands to speak to a crowd.
16. Rosa Parks The Fighter..
Parks evokes a calm vibe...
17. Mother of The Civil Rights Movement..
Rosa Parks' strength and confidence still inspires us to this day.
18. Rosa Parks Becomes A Part of History...
The exact spot where she refused to give up her seat, and ultimately start a revolution, is remembered with a marker.
19. Rosa Continued the Fight...
Parks and Thurgood Marshall's widow, Cecilia Marshall, at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, Feb. 3, 1999.
20. Rosa Parks Attending Anniversary...
Parks attends a 2001 ceremony at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, commemorating the 46th anniversary of her 1955 arrest.
21. Rosa Parks Laying In State...
Government officials paid tribute to Ms. Parks after her death by bringing her body to the Capitol's rotunda, a tradition reserved for military and statesmen. Rosa Parks passed away on Oct. 25, 2005 in Detroit.
22. Rosa Parks' Last Act...
We remember the icon.
23. Rosa Parks In State in Capitol Building...
A solemn moment in history.
24. Rosa’s Nephew Looks On...
A moment of reflection.