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Letter to Martin Luther King Jr. from Clement Alexandre 1957

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Dr. King received this letter from Doubleday & Company, regarding offering Dr. King royalties to write his first book. The owner/publisher of Doubleday, Clement Alexandre, tried to persuade Dr. King to work with them on a book that would expand his base of influence. The book would relate to issues of civil and political issues.

Friday, October 4, 1957

Letter from MLK to S. Dillon Ripley at the Smithsonian Institute

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Dr. King informs S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, that he is unable to attend the bicentennial celebration of the birth of James Smithson.

Friday, May 21, 1965

Royalty Statement from Joan Daves to MLK

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This royalty statement reflects the amount earned for the Japanese edition of "Stride Toward Freedom".

Wednesday, June 14, 1967

Letter from Leonard E. Smith to MLK

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Leonard Smith writes to Dr. King concerning a new venture of the National Sharecroppers Fund, which seeks to invest Negro business captial in Southeastern farming areas to benefit the rural poor.

Friday, October 6, 1967

Letter from Roger Bobley to MLK

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Roger Bobley, Revision Editor for the Illustrated World Encyclopedia, writes Dr. King asking him to submit a report on the "goals, importance and achievements of the Civil Rights movement in America."

Thursday, November 9, 1967

Letter from Dora McDonald to Cantor Solomon Mendelson

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In this response letter to Cantor Mendelson of Congregation Beth Sholom in New York, Miss McDonald explains that Dr. King will make all efforts to attend the "I Have a Dream" musical performance.

Tuesday, December 20, 1966

Letter from Ben Carper to MLK

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Ben Carper expresses his opinion in regards to Dr. King's position on Communism. Mr. Carper states that Dr. King is, "playing hand in glove with Godless Communists."

Tuesday, December 12, 1967

Letter from Herbert Jones to MLK

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Mr. Jones informs Dr. King of a grassroots civil rights organization (STOP) that seeks to implement a "stay at home" protest nationwide. Mr. Jones seeks Dr. King's assistance to make that happen.

Wednesday, June 5, 1963

Letter from Dr. Earl C. Jackson, Sr. to MLK

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Earl Jackson writes Dr. King requesting feedback regarding his upcoming speaking engagement as one of three keynote speakers during a large conference in Delaware.

Wednesday, August 7, 1963

Letter from Esther Davey to MLK

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Esther Davey writes Dr. King in support of his crusade. She expresses her dismay in some of Dr. King's speeches made after the march from Selma, Alabama and stresses the importance of Christianity in his crusade.

Friday, April 23, 1965

Letter from James E. Baine to MLK about Commentary

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In this letter James Baine asks Dr. King about segregation and integrated for reference to be used in a college class.

Wednesday, October 4, 1967

Letter from MLK and Others to H. Brownell

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Dr. King and other prominent clergymen "urgently request" a conference with U.S. Attorney General Brownell to discuss discrimination against bus passengers.

Wednesday, January 11, 1956

Letter from Nicholas Katzenbach to MLK

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Tuesday, August 30, 1966

Letter from Larry M. Otter & Alan Aftanski to MLK

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Mount Saint Mary's College's Young Democratic and Young Republican Clubs inform Dr. King of their preparation for the National Collegiate Primary, Choice '68. Dr. King has been named a candidate in the mock election, so the organizers request information about his views. They also tell Dr. King that a speaking engagement can be arranged if Dr. King's schedule brings him to the Maryland area.

Monday, March 25, 1968

Appeal to Community Business People

This document is a letter from the Greater Chicago Scavenger Association to Negro citizens. The letter informs the citizens of the beneficial affect that The Greater Chicago Scavenger Association can have on them and their community.

Letter from TIME Magazine to MLK

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James Shepley, publisher of TIME Magazine, thanks Dr. King for his editorial contributions to the magazine in the past year.

Monday, January 8, 1968

List of Colleges Participating in Choice "68 Requesting King Information

This list includes the names of fifty colleges and universities participating in the "Choice 68" pre-election presidential campaigns. An additional twenty-five institutions also invited Dr. King to participate in their "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for President" campaigns.

Letter from Nickolas W. Dick to MLK

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Nickolas W. Dick writes Dr. King on behalf of Dr. Frank H. Epp extending an invitation to the Reverend to hold a series of meetings in Winnipeg. Dick closes by requesting confirmation of the extent of his stay.

Tuesday, May 24, 1966

Memo From Hosea Williams to SCLC Staff

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Hosea Williams, the National Director of Mobilization of the SCLC, sends this memorandum urging members to have their assigned region organized before Dr. King arrives on his People-To-People tour.

Friday, March 8, 1968

Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam

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This letter informs fellow members of the Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam of the successes of their organization and serves as a call to action on the upcoming steps.

Saturday, April 22, 1967

Invitation for Kenya's First Anniversary of Independence

Dr. King has been invited to Kenya's first anniversary of Independence and Republic Day. The celebration will be held in Sweden on December 13, 1964.

Letter from David Pope to MLK

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David Pope extends an invitation for Dr. King to come to Australia. Pope continues to state his solidarity for the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and speaks to the international commonalities of social justice issues.

Sunday, November 6, 1966

Letter from William H. Gray to Eugene Rhoads

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William H. Gray encloses an article regarding advice given to Dr. King by Billy Graham. Graham admits that he "is not a thoroughgoing integrationist. "

Friday, April 19, 1963

Letter from Dora McDonald to Bent Ostergaard

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Miss McDonald informs Mr. Ostergaard that Dr. King is unable to accept his recent invitation to visit Copenhagen.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965

Letter from Artist Sidney Gordon Budnick to MLK

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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 Paul Rosing to MLK

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Dr. King is notified by Paul Rosing of the Borromeo Seminary College that he has been placed on the mock ballot for their "Choice 68" campaign. He asks that Dr. King submit any type of potential campaign literature, speeches and etc.

Tuesday, March 26, 1968

Letter to Dr. Abernathy from Rev. Parker

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Rev. Ralph Abernathy, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, received this correspondence following the assassination of Dr. King. In this letter, Rev. Richard Parker of the St. Cross Episcopal Church in California, highlighted his interest in a television interview of Mrs. King, shown on the day of Dr. King's funeral.

Wednesday, May 1, 1968

Letter from Francis Drake to MLK

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Francis Drake sends Dr. King a donation to the SCLC collected on behalf of the Drake Family as a Thanksgiving gift. Drake and his wife are ministers with the United Church of Christ in Massachusetts and support Dr. King's fight for freedom and justice.

Friday, November 29, 1963

Letter from Everett McKinley Dirksen to MLK

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Everett M. Dirksen expresses gratitude for Dr. King's letter and informs him of the satisfaction he received in being an asset in solidifying the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Monday, July 6, 1964

Letter from Dora McDonald to Cantor Mendelson regarding I Have A Dream

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In this letter, Dora McDonald tells Cantor Mendelson that Dr. King is pleased to know that the Men's Club of Beth Sholom is interested in setting to music excerpts from "I Have a Dream." McDonald refers Mendelson to Clarence Jones, an attorney who handles such matters.

Tuesday, November 2, 1965

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