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These notes, prepared by Dr. King, were for a sermon entitled "Unity." This sermon, believed to be composed during the time of 1948-1954, was never delivered.

Letter from Dinkar Sakrikar to MLK


Dinkar Sakrikar writes Dr. King in reference to a proposed statue of Gandhi for a children's park. The statue seeks to reflect friendly relations between India and the United States. They ask Dr. King for his consideration along with a swift response.

Monday, October 18, 1965

SCLC Affiliates


Tom O. writes Mrs. King attaching an example of a brochure which entails a description SCLC's affiliate program. Tom O. also insures Mrs. King that the color in which the brochure is printed is not final.

Tuesday, October 17, 1967

Official Program of the Spring Mobilization

The following document is an official program listing the schedule of the Spring Mobilization on April 15, 1967.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rev. William Lawson


Dora McDonald writes in response to a request from Reverend William Lawson of Texas Southern University. McDonald encloses a biographical sketch and photograph of Dr. King, then relays a message from the Reverend to exclude a reception for him on May 17.

Wednesday, May 6, 1964

Letter from Victor Sharrow to MLK


Victor Sharrow requests a meeting with Dr. King to discuss implementing state and federal plans purportedly suggested by President Johnson. Mr. Sparrow believes that decreasing the number of racist southern representatives will have a collateral affect on southern apportionment of presidential electors.

Monday, February 12, 1968

Letter from the Spring Mobilization Coordinating Center to MLK


A.L. Everett conveys pleasure in knowing Dr. and Mrs. King are sponsors of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and that Dr. King will be speaking at an upcoming rally in San Francisco on April 15th. Everett requests that any further press releases concerning the planned demonstrations in both San Francisco and New York also include statements from both Dr. and Mrs. King.

Monday, February 27, 1967

Telegram from Teamsters Vice President Harold Gibbons to MLK

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President Harold Gibbons conveys his support to Dr. King for a statewide Mississippi boycott. Gibbons congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

News from Highlander Folk School


Beginning on January 15th, the News from Highlander Folk school will open its adult educational program. In support of the program, many renowned leaders across Amercia signed the statement.

Wednesday, December 2, 1959

Three Dimensions of a Complete Life

This sermon is one draft of Dr. King's "Three Dimensions of a Complete Life." It was first delivered by Dr. King to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Another version is entitled, "The Dimensions of a Complete Life." The first dimension is concerned with the well-being of the self. The second dimension is concerned with the well-being of others. The last dimension is concerned with reaching towards God.
As Dr. King implies, if all of these dimensions are equal, then a complete life will be obtained.

Letter from Mrs. R. K. Matthews to Mrs. King


This letter is from a middle class housewife who expressed her despair and frustration to Mrs. King in learning of Dr. King's assassination.

Tuesday, April 9, 1968

Chicago Freedom Fund Festival

The Chicago Freedom Fund Festival, organized by Mahalia Jackson, served as a benefit for the SCLC.

Notecard Written by MLK Regarding "Statements of Wisdom"

This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in cardboard filing boxes in reference to a statement of Wisdom by Charles G. Finney.

News from SCEF Regarding Police Raids


As a result of a police raid on the offices of the SCEF and its officers, two of their top officers were arrested and their records and papers were seized. The White Citizens Council praised the Louisiana Joint Legislative Committee on Un-American Activities for instigating the raids, while numerous other committees strongly denounced the raids.

Wednesday, October 16, 1963

Letter from MLK to Harry Belafonte


Dr. King writes Harry Belafonte to discuss the date, time, and occasion for the March on Washington. Dr. King also expresses his desire for Belafonte to be present.

Tuesday, July 23, 1963

Letter from D. E. Goorman to MLK


D. E. Goorman advises Dr. King on how to promote peace, freedom and economic security for all US citizens. He suggests "appealing to the moral conscience" of the majority while implementing an economic action plan.

Saturday, February 17, 1968


Dr. King quotes a passage from Karl Barth's "Word of God and the Word of Man," regarding reason.

SCLC Report: Operation Breadbasket

Rev. Fred C. Bennette, Jr. writes a report on Operation Breadbasket. Rev. Bennette "hopes to increase its activity in alleviating the economic plight of the Negro in America." At the culmination of the report, he lists the main cities where the project will be implemented.

Letter from James M. Force to Dora McDonald


James M. Force, Public Information Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin, requests that Dr. King consider allowing his speech scheduled for May 12, 1967 be broadcast over the radio. WSAU Radio expresses interest in carrying Dr. King's speech live. WHA Radio, operated by the University of Wisconsin, requests permission to tape the speech for later broadcast.

Friday, April 28, 1967

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ernest Shaefer


In this letter, Ms. McDonald encloses biographical sketches to accompany Dr. King's lecture, "The Future of Integration."

Saturday, November 12, 1966

Letter from Vernal G. Cave to MLK


Vernal G. Cave informs Dr. King of a cousin's passing and contributes to the SCLC in his memory.

Thursday, November 21, 1963

Letter from Dora McDonald to Peggy Duff


Dr. King's secretary Dora McDonald communicates with Peggy Duff of London. Miss McDonald informs Miss Duff of Dr. King's travels outside of Atlanta. The particular matter, unkown and referenced in this letter, will be conveyed to him once he arrives back to SCLC.

Thursday, May 4, 1967

10th Annual SCLC Convention Program

This document is a flyer for the 10th annual convention of the SCLC.

Letter from Howard Moore Jr. to MLK


Mr. Moore, of the Atlanta law firm Hollowell, Ward, Moore & Alexander, congratulates Dr. King on receiving of the Nobel Peace Prize. He goes on to encourage Dr. King and the SCLC to "establish a full fledge non-sectarian four year college and graduate school."

Tuesday, November 3, 1964

Fundraising Letter - SCEF/James A. Dombrowski 12/25/59


The head of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) sent out this fundraising appeal to a former donor in 1959. The appeal focuses on fundraising efforts for Southern children with the intent of promoting love and increasing equal educational standards for children of all races.

Friday, December 25, 1959

Scripps Howard: Dr. King Asks LBJ to Do As Hero FDR Did


Tom Talburt reports in this article that Dr. King urged President Johnson to create jobs and provide for the disadvantaged in order to prevent another summer of riots, such as the Los Angeles Watts Riots of 1965.

Monday, January 15, 1968


Dr. King quotes Hugh Elliott’s “Modern Science and Materialism.”

Bible 252

This exam from a course entitled "Bible 252" lists forty-eight questions regarding Biblical knowledge.


Dr. King quotes astronomer William M. Smart's concept of God in "The Origin of the Earth."

Letter from Gino Gullace to MLK


Dr. King is asked to participate in a worldwide survey on the topics of "Happiness" and "Life After Death." The survey is sponsored by OGGI magazine a weekly publication in Milano, Italy.

Wednesday, December 1, 1965