Martin Luther King Jr

Charlotte Observer
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Dr. King's Estate Suing Family Of His Former Secretary

During Martin Luther King's rise in Montgomery, few people were closer to him than Maude Ballou. She was his personal secretary during the upheaval of the Montgomery bus boycott, helped him write his first book and moved with him and his family to Atlanta in 1960.
Credit T. Ortega Gains - 2009 Charlotte Observer File Photo

  Cardboard boxes lay scattered through Maude Ballou’s home off Statesville Avenue on Tuesday, packed with memories of her 87 years.

But as she prepared to leave Charlotte, it’s other possessions that have put her and her family at the center of a lawsuit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate.

In 1955, Ballou was King’s secretary in Montgomery, Ala., and moved with his family to Atlanta in 1960. Along the way King – and even Rosa Parks – gave her papers documenting those early days.

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