June 21, 1965
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
454 Dexter Avenue
Dear Dr. King:
In April I sent you the draft of a petition, which I hoped would be signed by most of the living recipients of the Nobel Peace
In consultation with The Rt. Hon. Phillip J. Noel-Baker, M.P., I have now revised this petition. I enclose two copies of it,
with the title An Appeal By Recipients of The Nobel Peace Prize.
Noel-Baker and I hope to announce, in a short while, that it has been signed by eight of the ten living recipients of the
Nobel Peace Prize – Lester Pearson feels that as head of the Canadian government, it would not be proper for him to sign it,
although there is the possibility that he will reconsider this decision. Ralph Bunche feels that he, as an official of the
United Nations Secretariat, is precluded from signing petitions to any government.
You, of course, are not restricted in this way, and Noel-Baker and I hope very much that you will sign the appeal. Please
return the signed copy to me, by airmail, as soon as possible.
I send my best wishes to you and Mrs. King.
PS: I do not remember whether or not I had asked you if you noticed our son, Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr., at the time of the 4-day
march to Montgomery? He was present during the whole time, and was one of the five people from Hawaii who held up the large
banner reading “Hawaii Knows Integration Works”. He told me that he spend most of his time during the four days giving medical
treatment to marchers who were suffering from cold, exhaustion, sore feet, and other ailments – he is a practicing physician.
I saw that there was a photograph of him, giving medical treatment to a patient in the article in Newsweek on the Selma-Montgomery