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Letter from MLK to Senator Henry M. Jackson


Dr. King writes Senator Henry M. Jackson expressing gratitude for his support in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Letter from R. Terry Taft to MLK


R. Terry Taft expresses his disappointment in reading Dr. King's feelings in Newsweek regarding the failure of the Office of Urban affairs to become a federal cabinet position.

Monday, March 19, 1962

Letter from Earl Smith to MLK about Portugeese Translation of "Strength to Love"


Earl M. Smith writes to Dr. King requesting permission to translate and publish the book "Strength to Love" in Portuguese. Mr. Smith states that a Fellowship of Reconciliation representative can be responsible for translating.

Wednesday, November 16, 1966


Dr. King notes Swiss theologian Karl Barth's favorite expression on revelation.

Letter from Sam Massell Jr. to MLK


Sam Massell Jr., President of the City of Atlanta Board of Aldermen, congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Thursday, November 19, 1964

Letter from Dora McDonald to Bill Daniels


Dora McDonald writes Bill Daniels, of WSB-TV, expressing outrage over a cartoon depicting overt racism in a court of law.

Friday, September 29, 1967

Letter from MLK to Mr. Bodo Charles Ohly


Dr. King writes Mr. Bodo Ohly regarding the new stanza he wrote to the National Anthem.

Monday, July 17, 1967

Letter from Leonard Dorsey to MLK


Leonard Dorsey requests Dr. King begin teaching the subject of Divine Retribution.

Saturday, February 17, 1968

Letter from Gunter Kohlhaw to MLK


Dr. Gunter B. Kohlhaw shares the memorable experience of hearing Dr. King deliver a sermon while attending Sunday service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Kohlhaw also requests copies of Dr. King's collection of sermons.

Friday, October 14, 1966

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rev. Harold L. Sawyer


Miss McDonald informs Rev. Sawyer that he finds it difficult to schedule appointments more than three months in advance due to his hectic schedule, and cannot accept his invitation to speak at Hiram College at this time.

Friday, June 26, 1964

United States National Student Association Scope Questionnaire


The United States National Student Association prepares to publish the second edition of SCOPE, a directory of community service projects in which students can become involved during the summer months. A questionnaire is enclosed for organizations interested in listing their program.

Tuesday, February 15, 1966

Antiwar Slogans


The Spring Mobilization Committee issues a list of official slogans for Vietnam War protest placards. Groups and individuals who intend to protest are asked to use these slogans on their self-made placards with the phrase "STOP THE WAR NOW" printed at the bottom.

Tuesday, March 21, 1967

SCLC Booklet

This booklet describes the programs and actions of the SCLC. It explains why it is a movement organization as well as defining the King-Abernathy tradition.

MLK Statement about the New York Riots


Dr. Kind addresses the press' claim that civil rights leaders are involved in the outbreak of riots in New York. He says that violence creates more social problems than it solves. He says that government officials need to take responsibility and help all American citizens gain justice and equality.

Monday, July 27, 1964

Letter from M. L. Banner to MLK


The board of directors of the Booker T. Washington Center, Inc. requests Dr. King to serve as the guest speaker for their annual banquet. The Booker T. Washington Center is the only predominately Negro Welfare Agency in the community.

Friday, September 13, 1963

Letter from Sisterhood of Bet Torah to MLK


The Sisterhood of Bet Torah in New York encloses a monetary contribution to the SCLC to assist with the "heavy financial expenditures" the organization has faced recently.

Wednesday, May 5, 1965

Letter from Chris Folcker to Joan Daves Regarding MLK Recording


In this letter, Chris Folcker informs Joan Daves of the limitations of the grammophone record with Dr. King and Harry Belafonte produced in Stockholm.

Friday, January 13, 1967

Adverse Letter to MLK

In this letter, opposition is asserted as the author places into question Dr. King's decency and religion.

Letter from Irene S. Heath to MLK


Professor Irene Heath writes from Uruguay to suggest white missionary activity in Africa end, and that Dr. King and other black Christian leaders return to Africa to do missionary work there.

Monday, December 28, 1964

Telegram from Walter T. Dixon to MLK


Walter T. Dixon, a City Councilman from Baltimore, congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Saturday, October 17, 1964

Letter from Benjamin Mays to Editors of the New York Times


In this letter, Mays addresses the editors of the New York Times about an article on equal employment opportunity. Mays states that he was not consulted by the article's author. As a result, he was misquoted. Mays uses the remainder of the article to clarify his position on equal employment programs.

Monday, August 20, 1962

Telegram from MLK to President Johnson about Howard Address


Dr. King writes to President Lyndon B. Johnson expressing appreciation and admiration for his speech at the Howard University Commencement.

Monday, June 7, 1965

Letter from Dudley Babcock to MLK


Dudley P. Babcock writes to Dr. King to assure him he supports his civil rights leadership but questions his involvement in the Vietnam War protests. Babcock reminds Dr. King that there are always pacifists who might need to accept war in order to prevent more war, citing the example of Neville Chamberlain and the escalation of violence in World War II.

Saturday, October 14, 1967

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mrs. E. A. Larson


Dora McDonald notifies Mrs. E. Larson of Dr. King's absence and informs her that he has never been to Russia, but has no objection to a visit there.

Wednesday, August 14, 1963

Letter and Questionnaire from Ronald B. Lee to MLK

Ronald B. Lee, a student of American University, requests that Dr. King complete a questionnaire concerning the SCLC's involvement in the June White House Conference "To Fulfill These Rights." The questions include how the SCLC was informed of this meeting, the conference, contributions, and more.

Anonymous Letter to MLK


This New York writer castigates Dr. King and refers to him as "the worst phoney [sic] in the country."

Tuesday, December 5, 1967

Letter from Fra Morton Sims to MLK


Dr. King is encouraged to read a US News & World Report article entitled, "One Negro Woman's Advice to Her People." The article approaches the issues of the African American community from an understanding perspective.

Monday, April 3, 1967

Letter from MLK to Boldwen Collins


Dr. King responds to a previous letter sent to him from Miss Boldwen Collins. He clarifies various points that were unclear to Miss Collins pertaining to the overall purpose of the civil rights movement and its effect on the nation. Dr. King explains that Negroes in the North and South want the same things as other human beings: freedom.

Monday, October 21, 1963

Letter from Bella McGregor to MLK


Bella T. McGregor asks Dr. King for a copy of his sermon titled "St. Paul's Letter to American Christians."

Tuesday, October 17, 1961

Letter from Edward Enyedy to MLK


Mr. Enyedy writes to Dr. King to inform him of a mock Presidential convention sponsored by TIME Magazine and asks Dr. King for any campaign material he can provide.

Tuesday, March 26, 1968