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Letter from MLK to Senator Hiram L. Fong

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Dr. King thanks Hawaii Republican Senator Hiram Fong for his role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fong was the first Asian American and Chinese American to become a US Senator.

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Letter from Patricia Reid to MLK

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Patricia Reid has mixed feelings about Dr. King and the position he has taken. Even though she and her husband agree with this stance on civil rights, they respectfully disagree on his position on the Vietnam War. The Reids believe that Dr. King shouldn't interfere with foreign policy unless he can come up with a viable solution to end the Vietnam War. However, they still feel compelled to contribute to the work of the SCLC, but warn Dr. King that other individuals may not be that sympathetic.

Friday, April 21, 1967

Letter from Ralph D. Abernathy and MLK to Howard W. Creecy

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Dr. King and Ralph Abernathy inform Reverend Creecy they will be serving a five day jail sentence for breaking an injunction against demonstrating in Birmingham, Alabama. It is for this reason that the Clergymen's Conference will have to be moved to a later date.

Monday, June 19, 1967

Letter from Burt Nelson and Hilda Nelson to MLK

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Burt and Hilda Nelson write Dr. King requesting five copies of his address of April 5, 1967.

Wednesday, April 19, 1967

Letter from John Lewis to MLK

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In this letter, John Lewis requests a loan for the amount of $10,000 from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference so that the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee can meet their payroll and cover pressing bills. He then speaks on the importance of continuous dialogue between the SCLC and SNCC.

Thursday, July 22, 1965

Hamilton Goodwill Africa Foundation Invitation to MLK

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A.K. Mighton invites Dr. King to speak at the Hamilton Goodwill Africa Foundation. He informs Dr. King of a trip to Africa in which several doctors and ministers traveled to Africa. Mr. Mighton then expresses his hopefulness in Dr. King's acceptance of his invitation.

Friday, June 3, 1966

Italian Weekly Requests MLK Views on Gandhi

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The Italian weekly magazine, Mondo Domani, plans to publish a lengthy article on Gandhi. The editors wish to include Dr. King's response to several questions on nonviolence, outlined in this letter from their United States Representative Enzo Viscusi.

Tuesday, January 3, 1967

Letter from Halevy H. Simmons to MLK

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New York-based architect Halevy H. Simmons offers his professional services to rebuild Negro churches in the state of Georgia.These pillars of Negro culture were targeted throughout the state in a series of racially motivated hate crimes.

Wednesday, October 3, 1962

Letter from MLK to the Bulstrode School Children

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Dr. King thanks the school children of Bulstrode in England for their SCLC contribution by means of their daffodil sales. Outlining the current work of the SCLC, he educates the young supporters on the measures being taken to secure voting rights via "Operation Breadbasket" and "Operation Dialogue."

Friday, July 9, 1965

Letter from Walter Ducey of the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission to MLK

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In an effort to reduce the number of school dropouts, Walter Ducey of the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission requests to include Dr. King in their upcoming brochure. Ducey asks to include Dr. King's photograph and a quotation from a speech he delivered at Chicago's Soldier Field which highlighted academic achievement as a necessity.

Friday, June 26, 1964

Letter from MLK to Curtis Cosby

Dr. King drafts a response letter to Mr. Cosby, stating he is aware of Senator Leroy Johnson's efforts to appoint Attorney Donald Hollowell as a federal judge. He is encouraged to learn of the Esquires Club's involvement and hopes the appointment is successful.

Letter from Hermine I. Popper to MLK

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Hermine Popper writes Dr. King regarding his manuscript on "Black Power" for his upcoming book.

Wednesday, January 25, 1967

Letter from Robert Balkind to Rev. Abernathy about NAACP

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This letter, written by the CEO of Hampton Manufacturing Co., references an attached letter for the NAACP.

Monday, April 15, 1968

Letter from Polly M. Williams to Whom it May Concern

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Polly Williams, a former counselor of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, requests a full investigation of its director, Mr. Pace. Mrs. Williams requested a sick leave while undergoing surgery, yet later discovered that her request had counted as vacation time. She discusses numerous orders she received from Mr. Pace that negatively impacted her health and her recovery from surgery. She believes that she is a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace.

Sunday, January 29, 1967

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. Lamm

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Joan Daves corresponds with a German citizen regarding a recent request to submit Dr. King's book Why We Can't Wait to a German publisher.

Friday, October 30, 1964

Letter from MLK to Eliot Stadler

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Acknowledging receipt of a letter and a $1000 contribution to the SCLC, Dr. King sends his appreciation to Dr. Eliot Stadler. In closing, the Reverend expresses interest in meeting Stadler with regard to potential aid during the summer months.

Thursday, August 20, 1964

Letter from MLK to Willard T. Carter

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Dr. King thanks Mr. and Mrs. Willard Carter for their monetary contribution to the SCLC. King states that because of friends like them he can help end racial discrimination and segregation in the South.

Friday, December 27, 1963

Letter from Ira Edmond Gillet to MLK

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Mr. Gillet, a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and former missionary in South Africa, sends Dr. King his thoughts on a recent petition circulated by the American Committee on Africa. He explains that the actions called for in the petition would "do more harm than good." Gillet encloses a copy of the petition, highlighted with his own comments, which implores President Kennedy to impose sanctions on South Africa.

Friday, October 25, 1963

Letter from Bible Student to MLK

The bible student who wrote this letter used biblical references to justify segregation and to persuade Dr. King to cease civil rights demonstrations.

Letter from Billy E. Bowles to MLK about an Interview

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In this letter Billy E. Bowles requests an interview with Dr. King. Bowles is especially interested in Dr. King's perception of the new governor, Governor Maddox.

Monday, March 27, 1967

Letter from Walter Gibson to MLK

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Mr. Gibson writes to Dr. King concerning his political position on the Vietnam War. He believes that the war is a just war because the end is to help the South Vietnamese halt the spread of communism.

Tuesday, December 5, 1967

Letter from MLK to Rev. C. B. Wilson

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Dr. King conveys gratitude to Rev. C. B. Wilson of Southern Baptist Church for a contribution to SCLC. King explains the increasing expenses of the Civil Rights Movement at a time when liberals are redirecting their attention to the peace issue.

Wednesday, June 1, 1966

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

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Joan Daves, Literary Agent to Dr. King, addresses the correspondence, to Dr. King. The letter includes photostats of reviews for Dr. King's last book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" The Chicago Tribune, New York Times Daily and Washington Star are just a couple of the newspapers that published reviews for the book.

Monday, July 31, 1967

Letter from Harper & Brothers to MLK

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This letter from Harper & Brothers expresses concerns for the completion of a forthcoming book.

Monday, June 19, 1961

Letter from Joe Martine to MLK

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Martine shares with Dr. King strong feelings of opposition to the government drafting men for the war in Vietnam. He also comments on statements made by Eartha Kitt at a White House dinner hosted by Lady Bird Johnson, addressing the correlation between juvenile delinquency, crime, and war.

Tuesday, January 23, 1968

Letter from Myron A. Hoyt to MLK about Financial and Moral Support

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In this letter Myron A. Hoyt, of the Synod of South Dakota, sends a financial contribution to the SCLC and comments on Dr. King's reaction to the Black Power Movement.

Thursday, August 11, 1966

Letter from MLK to Wesley Fisher

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Dr. King expresses his appreciation for the kind letter from Mr. Fisher. He also informs him that Aaron Henry has been absent and will probably reply about some donated clothing upon his return.

Wednesday, February 27, 1963

Letter from Burke Marshall of the US Department of Justice to MLK

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Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall responds to a telegram from Dr. King requesting an investigation regarding conditions at the Mitchell County, Georgia Jail. Marshall points out that his department has no juridiction in the absence of any federal violations, but he assures the Reverend that he will examine any information sent by Dr. King.

Thursday, July 26, 1962

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Eugene Sands

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Dr. King writes Mrs. Eugene Sands to thank her for her financial contribution to the SCLC.

Thursday, July 30, 1964

Letter from MLK to Robert Wagner

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Dr. King sends condolences to Mayor Robert Wagner consequent to his wife's death.

Tuesday, March 3, 1964

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