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Letter to Rev W. Harold Row from MLK about the Annual Brethren Service Dinner

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In this letter to Reverend Row, Dr. King declines an invitation to speak at the Annual Brethren Service Dinner due to previous commitments with the Washington Poor People's Campaign.

Wednesday, March 27, 1968

Letter from Charles R. Bell Jr. to MLK

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Mr. Bell inquires about a prisoner who was beaten to death in his home state of Alabama.

Wednesday, November 23, 1966

Letter from Ernest Gruening to MLK

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Democratic Alaskan Senator Earnest Gruening informs Dr. King that he has inserted one of Dr. King's speeches into the Congressional Record, in order to combat misconceptions about Dr. King's beliefs. The speech in question was delivered to the Riverside Church in New York, and it conveyed Dr. King's views on Vietnam. Senator Gruening includes this section of the record with his letter.

Friday, May 19, 1967

Letter from Marguerite B. Pilling to Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy

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Marguerite B. Pilling writes Dr. Abernathy to show her support of the Civil Rights Movement. She believes the Negro could actually bring the United States back to a time of decency by bringing back prayer in public schools and removing violence from TV.

Monday, April 29, 1968

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

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Dr. King regretfully informs Murray Thomson that he cannot accept his invitation to Toronto due to his prior commitments for the month of June.

Friday, February 11, 1966

Letter from Marion Dockhorn to Dr. and Mrs. King

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Marion Dockhorn invites Dr. and Mrs. King to attend the 5th Annual Bucks County World Peace Fair. Dockhorn believes that Dr. King's attendance will boost support for the civil rights movement by providing a place to "spread [the] message."

Monday, April 16, 1962

Letter from John and Eva Fillion to MLK about Moral Support

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This letter dated March 14, 1968 was written to Dr. King from John and Eva Fillion. In this letter they thank Dr. King for promoting the cause of freedom and tell him how grateful they are for all of his work in the fight for justice.

Thursday, March 14, 1968

Letter from Apuyva J. Mehta to MLK

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Written on the day of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, Mehta requests Dr. King's autograph.

Monday, October 2, 1967

Letter From George Patton Jr. to MLK

George Patton expresses his disdain to Dr. King about the names that whites call "Black Americans" and offers a list of names that blacks should be "referred to as."

Royalty Statement for Stride Toward Freedom

Harper and Row Publishers send an itemized royalty statement to Dr. King for his book titled, "Stride Toward Freedom."

Letter from MLK to Rev. Bartos

This undated draft of a letter by Dr. King focuses on the discrepancies of medical care and academic admissions "well known by Southern Negroes."

Excerpts of Letters Written About Vietnam War

This document includes excerpts from letters written by Mary Agnes Blonien, sister of an American nurse at the Minh Quy Hospital at Kontum, South Vietnam. Moved to the point of tears, the nurse shares her thoughts and gives a vivid account of the war conditions in Vietnam, and expresses empathy for both Americans and Vietnamese.

Letter from John H. Telfer to MLK

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Mr. Telfer, a 6th grade teacher, offers his sincerest gratitude for Dr. King and his efforts to eradicate injustice. He includes an additional thanks to Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, a fellow civil rights leader.

Saturday, March 13, 1965

Letter from the Pacifist Crusade "John XXIII" to MLK

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Members of the Pacifist Crusade of Argentina extend support to Dr. King in his quest for peace. The group explains the background of the organization and express their goal of world peace through reconciliation.

Sunday, April 11, 1965

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Joanne Baker

In this letter, Dr. King offers his instructions and a statement pertaining to the history of the "Negro Revolution of the 1960's," including a statement on the Watts and Harlem riots.

Letter from Richard Beal to MLK

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Mr. Beal informs Dr. King that he believes the best way for African Americans to gain the support of Caucasian Americans is for them to earn their respect.

Saturday, January 21, 1967

Letter from Leonard Zion to MLK

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Leonard Zion writes Dr. King stating that SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Action) is organizing students and faculty at Brandeis University in Massachusetts to raise $40,000 to support him. The SCOPE project was run under the auspices of the Atlanta-based SCLC.

Thursday, April 22, 1965

Card from the English Family

The English Family sends a card that lists words of encouragement for each day of the week.

Letter from Eunice Gentry to MLK

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Eunice Gentry writes to Dr. King expressing gratitude for his bravery and encouraging words. In closing Gentry states, "I am glad you are marching for us."

Friday, March 12, 1965

Letter from Malcolm R. La Place II to MLK

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Malcolm La Place of WMAL TV News writes Dr. King regarding his address to the Capital Press Club. He hopes to arrange a videotape session as well.

Sunday, March 17, 1963

Royalty Summary from J. Campe to MLK

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This cable from J. Campe to Dr. King details royalty checks disbursed from the sale of "Why We Can't Wait" and "Strength to Love."

Tuesday, October 25, 1966

Letter from a Supporter of MLK

An anonymous person pleads with Dr. King to not accept a rumored government job that was offered to him, in exchange of his plans to alleviate poverty.

Letter from Vera M. Jones to MLK

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Inspired by an article in the Saturday Evening Post, Vera Jones congratulates Dr. King on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wednesday, November 11, 1964

Letter from Annon M. Card to Robert L. Green

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Annon Card, vice president of Texaco, assures Robert L. Green that an investigation is being conducted regarding the circumstances stated in Green's previous letter.

Monday, November 14, 1966

Letter from Henderson Travel Service, Inc. to Dora McDonald

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Freddye Henderson of Henderson Travel Service, Inc. informs Miss McDonald of the total cost for the group's trip to Oslo, Norway.

Monday, November 30, 1964

Letter from Dow Kirkpatrick to MLK

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Dow Kirkpatrick, Pastor of First Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, invites Dr. King to dinner during his visit to Evanston.

Tuesday, October 23, 1962

Letter from MLK to Thomas J. Dodd

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Dr. King expresses his appreciation for Senator Thomas J. Dodd's support in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Letter from Bronx High School Student Paul Kylar to MLK

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Paul Kylar, a student from the Bronx, writes Dr. King to convey support for his plea for peace. Kylar mentions that he attended a peace parade and how elated he is to know that Dr. King works for all people and not just Negroes.

Wednesday, May 31, 1967

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding German Re-Publicaition

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In this letter Daves informs Dr. King of what Mr. Von Wehrenalp, Dr. King's German publisher, might have had in mind for Dr. King's special introduction for the German edition. Ms. Daves further discusses other possible uses for such a piece.

Monday, May 11, 1964

Letter from Ezra J. Evans to MLK

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Mrs. Evans writes to Dr. King, suggesting to the expansion of educational conferences on the Vietnam War for the purpose of peace keeping and service.

Wednesday, January 31, 1968

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