Letter from MLK to Sammy Davis Jr.

Abstract

In this handwritten telegram draft, Dr. King informs Sammy Davis Jr. that his concerts in Chicago will not interfere with the movement. Dr. King goes on to suggest that one of Sammy Davis Jr.'s concerts be a benefit show for the Chicago Freedom Movement.

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Letter from MLK to Sammy Davis Jr.
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[Inserted text in green ink on upper right margin: Telegram] Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr [Junior] Lake Tahoe, New York Your Chicago concerts will in no way interfere with the movement. In fact the cultural contribution of your performances point up the [crossed out text: Foolishness] [Inserted text: Ridiculousness] of our racist opposition. By all means come on to Chicago. If by any chance one of your performances could be a benefit show for the Chicago Freedom Movement. We can assure you a most appreciative and responsive audience. We are working with 40 organizations and have the support of most churches so I am sure that we could fill the house in even on short notices. Look forward to hearing from you. Martin Luther King
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