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Letter from Fred Gardner to MLK


Mr. Gardner believes that Dr. King is responsible for the acts of violence displayed by the Negros in Chicago. He states that as a man of the cloth, Dr. King should be more concerned with convincing Negros to "go back to where they came from."

Tuesday, August 9, 1966

Letter from Mrs. George E. Bass to MLK


The President of the Planned Parenthood Association of Philadelphia expresses disappointment to Dr. King regarding his inability to personally accept the Margret Sanger Award in Human Rights. However, she states that Mrs. King was "a most eloquent substitute." Additionally, she reiterates a request for Dr. King to speak at the Philadelphia Planned Parenthood Association's Annual Luncheon on January 25, 1967.

Tuesday, May 10, 1966

Holiday Letter from the Best Family

In this Christmas Card, the Best Family wishes all of their friends and supporters a Merry Christmas.

Telegram from Women's Auxillary of the Chicago NAACP to MLK


The Women's Auxiliary of the Chicago Branch of the NAACP informs Dr. King he will be the recipient of their 1966 Humanitarian Award.

Wednesday, February 23, 1966

Letter from Dr. Neil V. Sullivan to MLK


Dr. Neil Sullivan requests that Dr. King write the foreword for his new book, "Set Our Children Free -- In Integrated Schools."

Tuesday, April 25, 1967

Letter from John A. Collison to MLK


John Collision writes Dr. King regarding race relations in America. Collision wants Dr. King to understand that majority of whites have no hatred toward blacks, but instead "a strangeness" and questioning of why people are different shades.

Saturday, August 15, 1964

Nobel Peace Prize Congratulations 1/7/1965


In this letter, George Fish is congratulating Dr. King on his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wednesday, January 6, 1965

Press Release and Interview from Radio Norway


Dr. King addresses the press the day before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in a statement from Radio Norway.

Wednesday, December 9, 1964

Notecard Containing MLK's Handwriting Regarding Democracy

On this handwritten notecard, Dr. King outlines Ralph Barton Perry's views on Democracy. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verses.


Dr. King references a theological concept by the French philosopher Rene Descartes.

Letter from Queen N. Lewis to Coretta Scott King


Queen N. Lewis reaches out to Mrs. King to inquire about an upcoming trip to Detroit, Michigan. She mentions that she is a member of a church congregation that donated $1000 to the cause and informs Coretta that there is more she would like to discuss with her at a later date.

Monday, April 16, 1956


Dr. King cites a scripture from the Old Testament biblical Book of Leviticus regarding the transformation of sin.

Plato Psychology

Dr. King explores Plato's contribution to psychology.


Dr. King quotes a passage from Nikolai Berdyaev's "Slavery and Freedom" about religious, technological and spiritual revolutions.

Letter from Trude B. Feldman to Mrs. King

In this letter Trude Feldman sends Mrs. King a copy of a "piece" on Sammy Davis from "Ebony" and asks that it be returned after review.

MLK's Graduation Picture From Boston University


This photograph captures Dr. King in his graduation gown from Boston University.

Monday, June 1, 1959

Letter from MLK to James L. Hicklin


Dr. King expresses gratitude for being considered for a position on the National Board of Governors for the Freedom For All Foundation, but he declines due to commitments to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other pastoral duties.

Monday, February 25, 1963

Letter from Robert M. Gomsrud to MLK Regarding the Nobel Prize


In this letter, Robert M. Gomsrud, President of the Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, congratulates Dr. King for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Thursday, November 12, 1964


Dr. King writes about resurrection, according to Daniel 12:2.

Letter from Leon Levy to MLK


Leon Levy congratulates Dr. King on his leadership and the efforts of the SCLC. Mr. Levy contributes to the organization and states that he follows Dr. King's work with interest.

Tuesday, December 26, 1961

Letter from Bayard Rustin to MLK


In this letter, Mr. Rustin requests that Dr. King assents to being a member of the "Institute's Board of Advisory Directors".

Monday, May 15, 1967

Letter from C. Alexander Brown to MLK


C. Alexander Brown requests that Dr. King and the SCLC conduct an investigation on the conditions of black prisoners in American jails. After reading about cruel conditions in an Arkansas prison, Brown questions how many innocent black prisoners are confined.

Wednesday, January 31, 1968

Letter from Henrietta Buckmaster to MLK


Henrietta Buckmaster expresses her admiration for Dr. King's stance on the war in Vietnam.

Wednesday, April 26, 1967

White House Message on Civil Rights


President Johnson's message to Congress explains strides the U.S. has made in the social, educational and economic conditions of minorities in America. It also discusses areas that need improvement such as infant mortality rates and poverty levels among non-whites. The President calls for legislation to prevent violence against those exercising their civil rights, to strengthen enforcement powers of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, to prevent discrimination on federal and state juries, and to guarantee fair housing.

Friday, January 26, 1968

Letter from Ralph Turnidge to MLK


The Reverend Ralph Turnidge, General Secretary of the Washington-Northern Idaho Council of Churches, invites Dr. King to be the featured leader at a conference on the Church and Human Rights.

Friday, January 24, 1964

Letter from Robert Needles to MLK


A critic writes to Dr. King to explain why he will not support his program. He insists that Dr. King's activity only contributes to the "deterioration of the colored people in America."

Thursday, June 17, 1965

Letter From Bernard Lafayette, Jr. to Dennis Brunn


This is a memorandum thanking Mr. Brunn for his letter of support for the labor unions.

Thursday, January 25, 1968

Statement Before The Credentials Committee


Dr. King makes a statement to the Democratic National Committee in an effort to persuade the the organization to recognize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party as a sitting, and voting, entity of the Democratic Party. Dr. King emphasizes that not only is the fabric of the Democratic National Party at stake, but representative government as it is known throughout the world.

Saturday, August 22, 1964

Letter from Svend Erik Stybe to MLK


The president of the Danish Students' Association invites Dr. King to Denmark to give an address to Danish students.

Friday, December 20, 1963

Letter from Alan J. Rankin to Miss Dora McDonald


Dr. King informs Alan J. Rankin to communicate to Dora McDonald about his availability to speak at the University Christian Council of McMaster University. The theme of the discussion for the "Teach-In" is going to be "The Religious Dilemma of Twentieth Century Man." Mr. Rankin expects over 2,000 students in attendance and church people from Canada. Furthermore, Mr. Rankin asserts that there will be news coverage on this event.

Monday, January 23, 1967