Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of the Winchester NAACP
Organization: Winchester NAACP
Fund Type: Scholarship, Endowed
Location of Support: Winchester
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of the Winchester NAACP provides an annual scholarship to a needy and deserving African-American student chosen by the Winchester NAACP. The Rev. Dr. John D. Copenhaver and Ms. Marsha A. Childs started the fund to honor Marsha’s father, Harano E. Childs. Mr. Childs, a local resident and active peacemaker belonging to the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), sent a check and letter of support to Martin Luther King, Jr. in the spring of 1956 shortly after the King home was bombed. Mr. Childs received a letter of thanks from Dr. King, secretarially signed. John D. Copenhaver has loaned the letter, along with a rare comic book about King’s life published by the FOR, to the NAACP Records in Handley Library Archives.