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Jesus: Mission

Dr. King notes passages in Matthew and Luke related to Jesus' mission.

Annual Record and Report of Life and Work

This document is a blank "Annual
Record and Report of Life and Work" for the American Baptist Convention. Had it been filled out, it would have contained information about the activities of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Letter from Clyde Rembert to MLK


Clyde Rembert, a broadcaster from KRLD-Radio and KRLD-TV, writes Dr. King inviting him to the radio show. Rembert seeks a response from Dr. King regarding a derogatory statement made by Dr. Criswell concerning King's anti-Vietnam war stance.

Friday, June 2, 1967

Letter from Harold Swank to Helen Brooks Regarding Financial Assistance


Harold O. Swank, director of the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid, writes Helen Brooks regarding her request for financial assistance and housing.

Friday, August 6, 1965

Letter from Joan Daves to Howard Gotlieb


Joan Daves responds to Mr. Gotlieb regarding a request to write Dr. King's biography from archival material in the possession of Boston University. At the present time and for various reasons, Dr. King has decided not to approve this project.

Monday, May 15, 1967


Dr. King references William Ernest Hocking and James Bissett Pratt regarding religious worship.

Education Versus Religion

Dr. King records notes about the leadership of the intellectual and religious communities from Edwin E. Aubrey's "Present Theological Tendencies."


Dr. King highlights a quote regarding time. [This quote is attributed to Henry Austin Dobson.]

Discrimination Is a World Wide Issue

Dr. King delivers this address speaking to humanity's failure to offset discrimination. He believes the United States, with all its technological and democratic advances, could stand to learn from the social morality of India, which is considered a "less developed nation." Dr.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Ms. Dora McDonald


In this letter to Miss McDonald, Ms. Daves discusses a request for Dr. King to write a short introduction to William Bradford Huie's work "Three Lives for Mississippi". Ms. Daves stresses the importance of this opportunity as it addresses a topic "very much on Dr. King's mind," namely the starting of a "dialogue...between the two opposing forces."

Monday, April 12, 1965

Letter From Vice President Johnson to MLK


Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote this note to Dr. King to respectfully decline his invitation to a luncheon and to serve on the board of directors of the Gandhi Society for Human Rights. He states he enjoyed their last meeting and is looking forward to the next one.

Friday, April 27, 1962

Letter from MLK to Shinichi Oshima


Dr. King writes Shinichi Oshima acknowledging his letter "of recent date." King thanks him for his encouraging words and ends the letter with an inspirational tone.

Monday, July 27, 1964

Telegram from Governor Carl Sanders to MLK


In this telegram, Governor Sanders informs Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that he will not be able to attend Ebenezer Baptist Church's Annual Layman's Day.

Friday, October 15, 1965

Project Chicago Staff Meeting Minutes


This document recaps the minutes of the Project Chicago staff meeting held at West Side Christian Parish on July 3, 1967. Dr. King is listed as a proposed member of the Advisory Committee.

Monday, July 3, 1967

Letter From MLK to Mrs. William Lescase


Dr.King thanks Mrs. William Lescaze for her contribution to the SCLC.

Tuesday, November 22, 1966

Application for Community Action Program


This grant request form from the Office of Economic Opportunity provides information regarding SCLC's Anti-Poverty Coordinating Committee in Alabama.

Friday, May 26, 1967

Letter from Edwin H. Tuller to MLK


Edwin Tuller, General Secretary of the American Baptist Convention, encourages Dr. King to accept an invitation to address sessions of the Massachusetts Baptist Convention sent earlier by Dr. Paul L. Sturges.

Monday, November 23, 1964

Financial Report of the SCLC


This document outlines the financial statements of the Atlanta home office of the SCLC. The figures are from July 25, 1966 through July 28, 1966.

Monday, July 25, 1966


Dr. King references the Old Testament book of Job. In this scripture, Job regains hope in the midst of tribulation.

Letter to Ralph D. Abernathy from Ralph E. Gulliver


The James H. Farrell Lodge contributes to the SCLC for the cause of Freedom-Now.

Tuesday, November 26, 1963

Letter from Carl Haessler to MLK


Mr. Haessler informs Dr. King of the closing of the Michigan newspaper, "The Federated Press." Mr. Haessler writes that the remaining funds from the Press will be distributed among certain organizations, including the SCLC.

Monday, June 12, 1967

Telegram from Bill Barrett to MLK


Congressman Bill Barrett sends this telegram to Dr. King notifying him of his support of the Committee Bill.

Friday, July 9, 1965

Gift from James Allen to MLK


In this letter, James Allen, of International Publishers, presents to Dr. King a copy of "The Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois."

Thursday, January 4, 1968

Letter from MLK to Eleanor Martin


Dr. King thanks Ms. Martin for her recent letter, in which she praised his book, "Strength to Love." He also informs her that he will happily accept her invitation to visit her Sunday school class if he has the opportunity.

Friday, October 11, 1963

Letter from Louis Rome to MLK


Louis Rome, Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Crime, extends an invitation for Dr. King to speak at the Governor's conference being held in Detroit.

Saturday, February 10, 1968

Letter from James E. Davis to MLK


Rev. James A. Davis requests the assistance of Dr. King in his graduate studies focusing on pastoral care and race relations. Davis was recently appointed as the assistant pastor of the Carroll Street Methodist Church in Nashville and expresses distaste with the fact that there are no Negroes members in the congregation. Davis wishes for the Carroll Street Methodist Church to become more inclusive.

Saturday, April 16, 1966

Invitation from Henry Ford II


This letter from Henry Ford II is an invitation to a charitable dinner honoring General Eisenhower for receiving the Family of Man Award. The proceeds from the dinner will fund the programs of the Council which will aid families and youth.

Friday, October 9, 1964

Letter From MLK to Judge B.


Dr. King writes to Judge B, inviting him to the Board Meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting is to discuss the War in Vietnam and Poor People's Campaign.

Thursday, February 1, 1968

Harper & Row, Publishers' Royalty Statement for "Stride Toward Freedom


This document, dated in December of 1962, shows a statement of Dr. King's royalties from his first published book, Stride Toward Freedom. Notice that the retail price for the book was in the amount of $2.95. Harper & Row was the company that formulated the publication.

Monday, December 31, 1962

Aristotle's Answer to Parmenides

Dr. King outlines Aristotle's response to Parmenides regarding being and nothingness.