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Letter from Carson Lyman to MLK


Carson Lyman, managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, encloses the transcript of an interview with Dr. King. Lyman asks Dr. King make any necessary changes to the transcript, but to make sure "to preserve the informality of the language."

Tuesday, February 4, 1964

Letter from Kivie Kaplan to MLK Regarding His NewBook


In this letter, Kaplan requests an autographed copy of Dr. King's new book enclosed with a personal message. Mr. Kaplan also requests that Dr. King autograph the books ordered from Harper & Row, since he gets a discount buying in bulk.

Wednesday, February 22, 1967

List of Negro Inventors

This list of Negro American inventors includes various individuals such as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the first successful open heart surgery, and W.A. Lavalette, who invented the printing press.

No More Negro Cop Restrictions Asked

These newspaper clippings feature a photo and caption of Atlanta Police Chief Herbert Jenkins regarding the lifting of restrictions on Negro policemen arresting white persons, and an article on alleged violent tactics by a labor union.

The Philosophy of Life

In "The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Christianity and the Christian Ministry," Dr. King references the abundance and reverence of a good life by noting the Biblical apostle John and the European theologian Albert Schweitzer. King notes that the minister plays an important role by providing leadership in experiencing the Kingdom on Earth.

Letter from Brigitte Horburger to MLK

Brigitte Horburger sends Dr. King a photograph of a black child and white child playing the piano together. Under the photograph it states, "To produce real harmony you must play both the black and white keys."

Letter from Artist Sidney Gordon Budnick to MLK


Sidney Gordon Budnick, architect and artist, gifts Dr. King with a piece of art work and applauds Dr. King's "efforts to bring to life the brotherhood of God and of man."

Friday, August 26, 1966

Letter from Claudine Shannon to MLK


Claudine Shannon, a member of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, asks Dr. King to officiate her wedding ceremony. She mentions that he married her brother several years ago and explains that the bridegroom will cover all of Dr. King's expenses.

Tuesday, December 7, 1965


Here, Dr. King records Reinhold Niebuhr's thoughts on injustice as it relates to pride.

Letter from MLK to Reverend Earl White


Dr. King offers his gratitude to Reverend Earl White for his participation in and support of the movement in Albany.

Thursday, October 11, 1962

Letter from J. Carter Fahy to Mr. Roy Wilkins about NAACP Name Change


In this letter to the president of the NAACP, Fahy suggests changing the name of the NAACP to NAABA, replacing "colored people" with "Black Americans."

Friday, July 28, 1967

Letter from James H. Ridgely to MLK


Attorney Ridgely requests that Dr. King sends his social security number in order for Addison H. Flournoy's federal estate tax return to be filed.

Thursday, December 21, 1967

Letter from Edna Smith to Ralph Helstein


In this letter, Edna Smith writes to Mr. Helstein regarding Dorothy Ashford's participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Ashford is a student at Clemson University, who previously worked with the South Carolina Council on Human Relations.

Thursday, January 26, 1967


Dr. King mentions the concept of patron angels that appears in Daniel 10:13, 20, and 21.

Letter from David Gibbons and David O. Woodward to MLK


David Woodyard and David Gibbons send Dr. King a check to support the work of the SCLC. Woodyard and Gibbons are employed at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 5, 1963

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harris to MLK


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Harris write Dr. King expressing their appreciation for his role as a Civil Rights leader. They were moved to write to him after hearing him speak at the Masonic Temple in Memphis, Tennessee and request to meet with him the next time he visits.

Monday, March 25, 1968

Letter from Glenn M. Dunkle to MLK


Glenn Dunkle, Senior Planner for the City of Richmond, Virginia, requests a copy of a bill proposed by Dr. King that addresses slums and housing clearance. The bill will be used by the Richmond City Planning Commission as it studies "methods of stimulating urban redevelopment and new low income housing."

Wednesday, October 11, 1967

SCLC Annual Report by MLK, 1965


Dr King delivered this report at the SCLC's ninth annual national convention in Birmingham, Alabama. Serving essentially as a State of the Union address for the SCLC, the report touches on the major topics of the Civil Rights Movement and the recent achievements and goals of the SCLC.

Wednesday, August 11, 1965

United States Commission on Civil Rights Information Bulletin


This information bulletin published by the US Commission on Civil Rights provides updates of current activities. The bulletin includes information regarding voting rights hearings, education in the south, and news from private organizations like CORE, NAACP and the Council for Civil Unity.

Monday, February 1, 1965

Telegram to Charles Wherry from Frances Lucas


Frances Lucas writes to Mr. Wherry in Mrs. King's stead thanking him for his kindness and congratulating him on a film project. He also conveys appreciation from Mrs. King for the memorial of her husband at California State College.

Saturday, November 23, 1968

The Dimensions of a Complete Life

Dr. King begins this sermon with the story of John's first sight of the holy city of Jerusalem. He uses the story to emphasize "an eternal truth which we must forever recognize, and that is that life at its best and life as it should be is the life that is complete on all sides." This famous sermon had been drafted several times and also takes up the name "Three Dimensions of A Complete Life."

Letter from Ronald F. Jockers and Ronald Schlossman to MLK


Ronald Jockers and Ronald Schlossman write Dr. King inviting him to participate in the National Collegiate Presidential Primary Choice of 1968.

Tuesday, March 19, 1968

Letter from MLK to Nathaniel Barber


Dr. King thanks Nathaniel Barber for his contribution to the SCLC and gives a brief overview of the work done by the organization.

Friday, July 23, 1965

Letter from MLK to J. S. Beckington


Dr. King thanks Mr. J. S. Beckington for his contribution to the SCLC. King also expresses how important the loyal supporters are to his organization.

Wednesday, June 15, 1966

Letter from Walter P. Reuther to MLK


Walter P. Reuther extends an invitation to Dr. King to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty.

Monday, October 26, 1964

Letter from Klaus Schwarze to MLK


Mr. Schwarze requests that an autograph be sent to him in Germany for his collection from Dr. King.

Tuesday, December 12, 1967

Letter from a "White Power Militant"

A disgruntled writer criticizes leadership in the civil rights movement.

Letter from Ann & John Flynn


In this letter, Ann Flynn requests a copy of the text of Dr. King's speech made at Riverside Church.

Wednesday, April 5, 1967


Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr’s “The Nature and Destiny of Man.”

Letter from MLK to Dr. Milton Rokeach

In this letter, Dr. King writes to Dr. Rokeach concerning the involvement of social scientists and the civil rights movement. Dr. King encourages Dr. Rokeach to become actively involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.