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Letter from MLK to the United Presbyterian Church

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In this letter, Dr. King thanks Rev. Edward Williams for the support of the United Presbyterian Church Commission on Religion and Race. He encloses a receipt for $5000 for partial payment of a grant for the salary of Hosea Williams. Williams was National Program Director for SCLC from 1967 to 1969 and was arrested more than 125 times for his civil rights activism.

Wednesday, June 14, 1967

Letter from Queen N. Lewis to Coretta Scott King

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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

Letter from Coretta Scott King to Velma B. Hall

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Mrs. King addressed this correspondence to Velma Hall, in 1960. In this document, Mrs. King extended apologies for the delay in sending her biographical information.

Wednesday, October 12, 1960

Letter from MLK to Mr. Nemichandra

Dr. King responds to a request for information regarding the structure and function of the SCLC. He informs the inquirer that he is enclosing pamphlets and brochures in hopes that the literature will successfully address all of his questions.

Letter from Adam Powell to MLK

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In this letter, Mr. Powell informs Dr. King how important he is to society and that he is in full support of his work. He also wishes to invite Dr. King to the next session of Congress for advice and ideas.

Tuesday, November 23, 1965

Letter from Juniata College to MLK

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Robert E. Faus of Juniata College address Dora McDonald concerning the possibility of securing Dr. King for their religious convocation. Mr. Faus inquires about the status of Dr. King's schedule for the school year.

Thursday, June 4, 1964

Letter from MLK to Burke Marshall of the US Justice Department

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Dr. King writes Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, expressing gratitude for Marshall's leadership in guiding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through both houses of Congress.

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Letter from Elsa Wischkaemper McIntyre to MLK

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Elsa McIntyre writes to Dr. King to seek information on how to contribute to his organization. Mrs. McIntyre was moved by Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and inquires about obtaining a copy.

Sunday, November 3, 1963

Letter from MLK to John L. Tilley

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Dr. King is requesting the use of Morehouse College for a three-day conference of southern leaders. The conference will be sponsored by the SCLC and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Target issues include nonviolence and social action.

Tuesday, January 6, 1959

Get Well Card for MLK

A Get Well card for Dr. King from Deedie and Debbie Alexander.

Letter of Inquiry from Carol Hess to MLK

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In this letter Carol Hess of New York requests an audience with Dr. King. She is writing a paper pertaining to the Birmingham March.

Friday, March 8, 1968

Letter to MLK Regarding the Poor

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This letter, written under the pseudonym "A. Christian," criticizes Dr. King's work for the poor in the years following 1966. He states, "you have lost all respect for law and order what good do you think you are doing for the poor?" He further critiques Dr. King's public response to Communism and the Vietnam War.

Wednesday, February 28, 1968

Letter from Alice B. Bye to MLK

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

Friday, February 9, 1968

Letter from Mary L. Rhett to MLK

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Mary Rhett writes Dr. King informing him that she has a very important matter to discuss with him regarding the civil rights struggle.

Thursday, May 4, 1967

Letter from Victoria Bellard to MLK

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Bellard invites Dr. King to speak on behalf of voting rights and awareness. The event will host members of The Cordelia Green Johnson Beauty Forum. This displays the level of concern at the grassroots.

Sunday, May 6, 1962

Letter from MLK to Third Grader Debbie Bass

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Dr. King thanks Debbie Bass of New York for her thoughtful letter. Debbie Bass is a third grade student from the Birch Lane School of Massapequa Park. Dr. King expresses that her letter encourages everyone to hasten their efforts in the fight for freedom.

Thursday, June 3, 1965

Letter from Dora McDonald to Dr. Richard C. Gilman

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Dora McDonald informs Dr. Gilman that Dr. King will be able to speak at Occidental College on November 17, 1966.

Wednesday, October 19, 1966

Letter from Alfred A. Haesler to MLK

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Alfred A. Haesler of Die Tat or "the fact," a publication in Switzerland, asks Dr. King a series of questions that revolve around the role of hatred in American politics.

Wednesday, September 6, 1967

Letter from Lynn Ewell to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about Comments on College Course

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In this letter Lynn Ewell inquires as to whether Dr. King will offer any comments pertaining to the college course "Education of the Adolescent" and the class research topic of "Building an Enduring Peace."

Tuesday, March 12, 1968

Letter from A. S. Young to MLK

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Mr. Young criticizes Dr. King and the black community for their support of heavyweight champion Cassius Clay's refusal to be drafted into the military. He also expresses worry about the quality of black leadership and urges a move from a selfish focus on Negroes only to concern for all people.

Monday, May 1, 1967

Letter from MLK to Rabbi S. Burr Yampol

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Dr. King expresses gratitude to Rabbi Yampol, Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Nazism, for sending a copy of his organization's resolution.

Wednesday, July 12, 1967

Letter from Robert Birley to MLK

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Robert Birley invites Dr. King to give an address at a program in London. Mr. Birley informs Dr. King of the four topics that will be discussed and requests that Dr. King address the topic of racial discrimination.

Wednesday, March 20, 1968

NAIRO Supports March for Freedom

The National Association of Intergroup Relations Officials declares their support of the March for Freedom in Washington, D.C. NAIRO urges its members to support the march for the integration of over "20,000,000 Americans of minority identity."

Letter from MLK to Jessie Treichler

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Dr. King writes Jessie Tresichler to inform her that he and his wife will be unable to accept her invitation to Antioch College. He explains that his calendar will not allow him to accept any more speaking engagements and that Coretta is an expecting mother.

Friday, September 7, 1962

Letter from Doug Dodge to MLK

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Mr. Doug Dodge writes Dr. King to request his help in identifying an appropriate role in the Civil Rights Movement for a young white male who is seeking to get involved.

Wednesday, February 28, 1968

No, Mr. King: Your Ad in the Times is Not Clear!

This anonymous author writes Dr. King expressing dissent in his viewpoint on riots.

Royalties Summary to MLK from J. Campe

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Here J. Campe itemizes the income from Dr. King's various publications including "Why We Can't Wait," "Stride Toward Freedom" and "Strength to Love", for a total of $2202.26.

Wednesday, October 5, 1966

Letter from Dora McDonald to Erik Ruden

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Dora McDonald informs Erik Ruden that Dr. King will only be able to speak twice during his upcoming trip to London and that an associate will need to travel with Dr. King.

Tuesday, March 17, 1964

Letter from Melvin Kennedy to Mr. Ralph Helstein Recommending a Student Scholarship

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Melvin Kennedy, Chairman of the Department of History at Morehouse College, recommends a student for a United Packinghouse Scholarship.

Thursday, March 2, 1967

Letter from James A. Eanes to MLK

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James Eanes, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee at the West Virginia Institute of Technology, invites Dr. King to be the guest speaker at the kick-off dinner for their "March of Dollars to Help Tech Scholars" program. The program raises money for the government to match for the National Defense Student Loan program.

Monday, November 29, 1965

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