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Test of Address by Vice President Richard M. Nixon


Vice President Nixon discusses the legacy of Alfred E. Smith and how it correlates with the American dream.

Friday, October 19, 1956

MLK Statement at Pacem In Terris II Convocation


Dr. King's introductory remarks at the Pacem In Terris II Convocation critiques the United States' involvement in Vietnam.

Monday, May 29, 1967

Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca

This form letter from the Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca and the Cornell Committee Against Segregation announces both the guest appearance of Dr. King as well as a fundraising drive for the SCLC.

Letter from Alice B. Bye to MLK


Alice B. Bye requests that Dr. King send information and a picture for her school report.

Friday, February 9, 1968

Church Program of the Installation of Rev. A. D. Williams King


This program details the installation services of Reverend A. D. Williams King at The First Baptist Church of Ensley, Alabama. A number of community and church leaders, including his older brother, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, welcome the young pastor and his family to his new pastorate position.

Sunday, March 18, 1962

Chicago Daily Defender: SCLC Aide Makes Spirited Capital March Call Here


The Chicago Daily Defender published this article about Rev. Ralph Abernathy's visit to Chicago to promote the Poor People's Campaign. According to Abernathy, "Come this summer, thousands of poor Americans are going to take their burdens to the White House and they'll leave them with LBJ."

Monday, February 5, 1968

Letter from Roland Gammon to MLK


Roland Gammon requests an interview with Dr. King for a sequel to Faith Is A Star, a book about the role faith has played in the lives of prominent Americans. The sequel will focus on world leaders.

Friday, December 20, 1963

Letter From Joseph Livingston to MLK Regarding Receipt of Letter


Here Joseph Livingston beckons Dr. King to confirm receipt of a letter sent in reference to what he describes as "a matter of Life and Death".

Saturday, December 2, 1967

Letter to MLK from Norman Thomas


In this letter to Dr. King, Norman Thomas, a pacifist and political activist, writes to ensure that he attend a small civil rights conference in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, December 31, 1963

Letter from Margo Belden to MLK


Margo Belden inquires about materials from Dr. King for Choice '68, the national collegiate presidential primary.

Thursday, March 21, 1968

Letter from MLK to Richard V. Grulich


Dr. King expresses his agreement with Mr. Grulich regarding U.S. foreign policy, asserting that the federal government needs to develop the "moral courage" to admit past mistakes.

Thursday, July 13, 1967


Dr. King quotes F. H. Bradley’s “Appearance and Reality.”

Letter from SCLC to Lizzie Williams


A representative of the Citizenship Education Program, an initiative of the SCLC, informs Mrs. Willis of recent travel plans to Dorchester, GA. Dorchester academy played a vital role in the struggle for voting and civil rights.

Tuesday, August 17, 1965

Letter from Beresford Hayward to MLK


Beresford Hayward, Planning Consultant of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico, writes Dr. King to inform him of the racial climate in Puerto Rico and its issue of Cuban immigration. Mr. Hayward also presents a comparison between the race issues inflicting Puerto Rico and the United States of America.

Wednesday, February 7, 1962

Letter from James H. Duckrey to MLK


James H. Duckrey, President of Cheyney State College, writes Dr. King asking him to serve as the Commencement Speaker. He briefly discusses the history of the college and informs Dr. King of the Honorarium.

Wednesday, March 11, 1964

Telegram from Reinhold Niebuhr to MLK


Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr regrets that a stroke prevents him from accepting Dr. King's invitation to participate in the Selma-to-Montgomery March and hopes there will be "massive" support.

Friday, March 19, 1965

Telegram from Oslo, Norway to Dora McDonald


Dr. King receives this telegram as an advance welcome to Oslo, Norway and to confirm lodging reservations for him and his associates.

Thursday, November 5, 1964

Letter from Rev. Max F. Daskam to MLK


The Unitarian Church of Germantown requests the return of Dr. King's presence for their Pulpit Schedule of the current year. Years have passed since Dr. King has visited and the church "would rejoice" if he could provide a date.

Friday, March 22, 1963

Letter from Telly H. Miller to MLK


Telly H. Miller, a graduate of the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center and pastor in a West Virginia church, invites Dr. King to their Centennial. Pastor Miller requests that Dr. King deliver the Centennial sermon and explains that his coming will be a "great help" to the community.

Tuesday, November 15, 1966

Letter from US Attorney General Robert Kennedy Forwarded to MLK


John L. Murphy writes Dr. King to forward him a letter for the Reverend from US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy that his office received in error. In the forwarded letter, Kennedy thanks Dr. King for his willingness to contribute to a series of oral interviews for the John F. Kennedy library.

Friday, May 8, 1964

Letter from Alden Bryant to MLK


Alden Bryant outlines a plan to assist with voter registration in the South by increasing the number of registrars. Bryant details how the process took place in Berkeley, California as an example. He requests a response from Dr. King to the plan.

Wednesday, April 20, 1966

Letter from John Barber to Mrs. A.W. Boone


John Barber, Executive Assistant to Dr. King, thanks Mrs. Boone of Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School for agreeing to find a "Negro youngster" to become the pen pal of "a young French correspondent." The pen pal request resulted from communication between Dr. King and Dominique Pire, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Belgian priest.

Monday, November 8, 1965

Letter from Gunnar Magnus to MLK Requesting Interview


Mr. Magnus, a Norwegian journalists and student at Davidson College in North Carolina, requests Dr. King grant an interview for his paper, the "Morgenbladet".

Tuesday, October 18, 1966

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK


Ms. Daves writes Dr. King to inform him of her conversation with Harper & Row concerning the advertisements for the book "Why We Can't Wait." She describes their negotiations and asks for further guidance.

Monday, August 3, 1964

"King's New Book, "Where Do We Go From Here?"


This Argus newspaper clipping is a mini review of Dr. King's last book, "Where Do We From Here: Chaos or Community?"

Friday, June 23, 1967

Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty


R. W. Boone sends this Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty Routing Slip to Dr. King. The slip lists the name "Andy," which could be in reference to King's associate Andrew Young.

Monday, January 23, 1967

Reason (Its Value in Revelation)

Dr. King quotes John Locke’s “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV.”

Letter from Carey B. Preston to MLK


Carey Preston of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, thanks Dr. King for being the public meeting speaker at their convention.

Friday, August 28, 1964

Letter from Ned French to MLK


A high school student requests the political opinions of several famous individuals concerning the national issues and potential candidates of the 1968 presidential election.

Monday, March 25, 1968

Answers in the American Way


This text derives from a television show outlining the facts of the Black Panther Party. In attendance were civil rights activist like Dr. King, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rapp Brown and their affiliates within the Civil Rights Movement.

Monday, March 25, 1968