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Letter from James Gilliam to MLK


Mr. Gilliam sends Dr. King financial support in the amount of fifty dollars.

Thursday, December 14, 1961

Memorandum from SCLC Personnel Committee to the Steering Committee


SCLC's Personnel Committee conducts a meeting to review the release of William Whitsett from Department of Information. The meeting resulted in the committee's unanimous decision to send a list of recommendations for the Steering Committee to review.

Wednesday, March 13, 1968

Letter from Washington University to MLK


Faculty of the Political Science Department at Washington University release a resolution supporting Dr. King and his efforts to secure voting rights for Negroes in Selma, Alabama. They urge the Federal Government to take a serious look at this issue following recent attacks upon Negroes trying to exercise their right to vote.

Friday, March 12, 1965

Letter from Flournoy Coles to MLK


Flournoy Coles invites Dr. King to come to Fisk University and lead a session of the Honors Program.

Tuesday, October 4, 1966

Letter from John Edgar Hoover to MLK


FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover thanks Dr. King for his telegram concerning FBI agents in Alabama.

Monday, March 29, 1965

Letter from MLK to Jim Harney of Saint Gregory's Rectory

Dr. King thanks Jim Harney for his letter of support. He touches on his own views of Vietnam, pointing out that the war is a symptom of a deeper problem, and those who seek peace through nonviolence must always strive to make their voices be heard.

Flyer for SCLC Mass Meeting

This flyer advertises a 1958 Norfolk, VA SCLC mass meeting.

Is It All Right To Break The Law?


Excerpts from Dr. King's 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" are used to establish an affirmative answer to the question, "Is It All Right to Break The Law?"

Monday, August 12, 1963

Letter from Ehru E. Hart to SCLC


Hart sends commendations to Dr. King after hearing him speak, and requests copies of the speech.

Wednesday, April 6, 1966

Letter from Harper & Row to Joan Daves regarding "Why We Can't Wait"


Harper & Row informs Joan Daves about the receipt of the quote on Dr. King from Harry Golden, Editor of the Carolina Israelite.

Monday, May 11, 1964

Letter from Phyllis E. Ames to MLK


Phyllis E. Ames, on behalf of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Young Adults of the New York Club, congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sunday, October 25, 1964

Letter from Peggy Duff to MLK


Peggy Duff writes Dr. King on behalf of The Campaign for Disarmament in West Germany to request a meeting with him while he is London. Ms. Duff references an earlier meeting with Dr. King in which he mentioned a projected trip to Europe in order to receive an Honorary Degree at Newcastle University. She informs him that the organization is interested in having him speak at a meeting on the war in Vietnam.

Wednesday, September 13, 1967

Letter from Joan Daves to Jose Moya about Spanish edition of "Why We Can't Wait"


Here Joan Daves specifies the particulars of negotiations in advances and royalties on the sale of the Spanish edition of "Why We Can't Wait".

Friday, August 7, 1964


Dr. King quotes Adolf Hitler on the "dirty and degrading self-mortification" of conscience and morality, from Erich Meissner's "Confusion of Faces."

Draft of Speech On Passage of 1965 Voting Rights Act

Dr. King discusses the prevalence of racial issues in society. Discrimination and segregation still occur but through means in which the government has not declared unconstitutional. One of the main problems discussed was housing discrimination. Many African Americans were forced to live in slum housing in bad areas because they were not able to buy a house in the "white neighborhoods." Dr. King states that this type of social injustice cannot continue if the nation wants to progress.

Letter from Florence Read to MLK


Florence Read informs Dr. King that she received news of his Nobel Peace Prize while traveling in the Middle East. She encloses articles from The Jerusalem Times and The Daily Star of Beirut for Dr. King's records.

Wednesday, May 5, 1965

Telegram Request to MLK on the Kennedy Assassination


This Western Union Telegram was sent to Dr. King from Tokyo, requesting commentary concerning John F. Kennedy's assassination for the magazine Midorikawa.

Thursday, December 5, 1963

Letter from John Bolt Culbertson to MLK


After great success with the first one, John Bolt Culbertson is sponsoring a second mass rally at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium and requests that Dr. King serve as the speaker for this event.

Saturday, May 30, 1964

Letter from MLK to Mrs. J. T. Brent


Dr. King responds to a letter from Mrs. Brent by explaining his views about love and its place in the Civil Rights Movement. He affirms that "it is through love and understanding that we approach the segregationist." He mentions that striking out in any act of violence is not condoned by leaders of the movement.

Friday, August 9, 1963

Letter from Dr. D. F. Harris to MLK


Dr. D. F. Harris asks Dr. King if he can participate in the upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He gives Dr. King the names of people who can be contacted for information about his background, including Dr. Milton Reid, pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.

Tuesday, May 16, 1967

Letter from Coretta Scott King to Maude Ballou


Coretta Scott King offers her gratitude to Maude Ballou for her sending a form for a birth certificate.

Wednesday, January 23, 1957

Letter from Sharon Drebert to MLK


Sharon Drebert communicates with Dr. King about submitting information for the 'Choice 68' campaign. She asks that Dr. King submit any campaign literature before April 23, 1968. Dr. King would be assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Monday, March 18, 1968

The Negro Speaks

Several prominent African Americans describe the issues that plague the black community. Some of these issues include poverty, segregation, civil rights and race relations.

Letter from Mrs. W. J. Givan to MLK about Unsavory Association


In this letter Mrs. Givan expresses her dissatisfaction with Dr. King on how "prominent Negroes" are often photographed with "unsavory whites."

Wednesday, November 1, 1967


Dr. King expounds on points made about the idea of "God," by Immanuel Kant, William James, and W.E. Hocking.

Letter to Dr. Benjamin Mays Regarding a Contribution


In this letter, Dr. King gives Dr. Mays, president of Morehouse College, a contribution for the great work he has done for Morehouse and humanity.

Thursday, June 1, 1967


Dr. King elaborates on Thomas Aquinas' views on the existence of God.


Dr. King quotes Robert Flint’s “The Philosophy of History.”


Dr. King provides his views regarding the concept of justice.

Exam for Bible 252 at Morehouse

This is an exam for Dr. King's Bible course, which lasted from September 1946 to May 1947, at Morehouse College. Dr. George D. Kelsey was the professor. Dr. King's notes are in the margins.