Sorry Mike. We had to go to dinner where they accepted credit cards. We have run out of cash.
Today we were in Atlanta and visited the King Center, MLK’s childhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church (MLK’s boyhood church and where he was Assistant Pastor later in life). During a service at Ebenezer Baptist, three women shared some of their personal stories about Dr. King. The best stories came from Miss Dora McDonald, King’s personal secretary from 1960 until his death. She answered his phone, typed and returned letters, scheduled appointments and defended his privacy from unwanted guests.
One memory she shared took place in a Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff training session. The SCLC was a coalition of civil rights organizations that King was the president of. During this session, some of members of SCLC were riding Miss McDonald because they had never seen her participate in a mass march or be sent to jail for her activities to support civil rights. Most of the other men and women had been beaten, jailed and marched more miles than they could remember but Miss McDonald had never done any of these. Dr. King had overheard the conversation and came to Miss McDonald’s defense, “Miss McDonald is not expected to march or go to jail on behalf of the movement. Her job is manage my office and watch over my family… so that I can march and go to jail.”
Miss McDonald had always remembered Dr. King’s defense of her role in SCLC and still considered it her responsibility to look after King’s family in his absense.