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Letter from George A. Wiley to Rev. Andrew Young

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George A. Wiley writes Reverend Andrew Young and other staff of the SCLC regarding National Welfare Rights Organization's (NWRO) participation with the Poor People's Campaign.

Monday, March 25, 1968

Letter from Mervyn Dymally to MLK

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California State Sen. Mervyn Dymally (D-CA) expresses appreciation and support to Dr. King for the efforts of the SCLC with Operation Breadbasket in Los Angeles, CA.

Wednesday, October 25, 1967

Letter from Richmond Rudden to MLK

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Richmond Rudden, Chairman of the Lectures-Concerts Committee to Lafayette College, invites Dr. King to speak at the college during the 1966-1967 academic year.

Wednesday, October 20, 1965

Letter from MLK to Ernest McCullough

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Dr. King declines an invitation to speak from the University of Toronto Progressive Conservative Association.

Wednesday, November 8, 1967

Letter from Norman Thomas to MLK

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Norman Thomas offers his congratulations to Dr. King for being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Thomas also feels the need to thank the Nobel Committee for recognizing Dr. King's leadership in being the one to receive the coveted award.

Thursday, October 15, 1964

Letter from Ms. Dora McDonald to Mrs. Epworth about an Invitation

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Here, Ms. McDonald offers a belated reply to Mrs. Epworth regarding an invitation for Dr. King and his family to dine with the Epworth family. Dr. King does not decline the invitation, but instead takes a raincheck due to an unpredictable schedule.

Friday, January 12, 1968

Letter from Mr. Levison Regarding U.S. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

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Mr. Levison expresses his support for Representative Powell during the controversial House of Representatives committee chairmanship and ethical dilemma. Levison goes on to defend the suggestion of race being the determining factor of his criticism by volunteering his support of any review of congressional systems.

Monday, September 19, 1966

Letter from William Welsh to MLK

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William Welsh objects to Cassius Clay's (Muhammad Ali) rejection to enter the draft for the Vietnam War. Mr. Welsh asks that if Dr. King agrees with this notion, he should denounce Mr. Clay publicly.

Friday, April 21, 1967

Letter from MLK to J. E. L. Graham

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Dr. King informs Mr. Graham that he is unable to accept an invitation to speak in Ontario extended by the Hamilton Branch of the United Nations. He further explains that this decision is necessary in order to spend more time resolving racial injustice issues in our country.

Thursday, September 15, 1966

Letter from Maddy Tolud to MLK

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Maddy Tolud, the President of A. R. K., thanks Dr. King for being an honorary member of their organization. Tolud assures him that their members will actively work towards equality until justice prevails.

Wednesday, November 3, 1965

Letter from Wyatt Tee Walker to Eugene Cook

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Wyatt Tee Walker, executive assistant to Dr. King writes a response letter to Eugene Cook, the Attorney General of Georgia. Walker asks the Attorney General to provide his office with a list of questions that he would like answered. He also informs Cook that he will release the contents of this letter to the news media to make sure their is a level of transparency.

Friday, August 16, 1963

Letter from Paul H. Douglas to MLK

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Paul H. Douglass extends his gratitude to Dr. King, Roy Wilkins and their followers for the "passage of the Civil Rights Bill."

Thursday, July 2, 1964

Letter from Benjamin E. Mays to MLK Regarding an Outstanding Balance

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Mr. Mays, President of Morehouse College, informs Dr. King of the new student dormitory and inquires about a donation to pay for the cost to furnish one room.

Wednesday, January 23, 1963

Letter from Geo. Roosevelt Yancey to MLK

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Rev. Yancey invites Dr. King to be the guest speaker at the Golden Anniversary of Gethsemane Baptist Church. Rev. Yancey expresses regret that Dr. King had been unable to accept a previous invitation because of the inauguration of President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.

Monday, December 18, 1961

Get Well Letter from William H. Allen, M.D.

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William H. Allen, M.D. sent this letter to Dr. King expressing sympathy to Dr. King, for his nearly fatal stabbing. Dr. Allen, further into the letter, encouraged Dr. King to continue to pray in order to eliminate evil in the world and hoped he will remain protected to continue his mission for freedom.

Tuesday, September 30, 1958

Telegram from Civil Rights Leaders to President Kennedy

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Members of the SCLC and prominent civil rights leaders request an immediate conference with President John F. Kennedy regarding the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.

Monday, September 16, 1963

Letter from Thomas Hejzlar to MLK

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Student Thomas Hejzlar of Czechoslovakia writes to Dr. King requesting an autograph. He includes a postcard for Dr. King to sign and return.

Friday, December 1, 1967

Letter from C.A. Echols to MLK

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C.A. Echols requests a copy of Dr. King's publication "The Time for Freedom Has Come" to be included in his upcoming thesis "Thoreau and Civil Disobedience."

Thursday, July 1, 1965

Letter from Theodore Brown to MLK and Others

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This is a memorandum from Theodore E. Brown concerning his trip to Nigeria. Brown attaches a newspaper article referencing the turmoil in Nigeria.

Sunday, February 11, 1968

Letter From Clifford Alexander Jr. to MLK

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Clifford Alexander Jr. thanks Dr. King for supporting him in his nomination as Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Wednesday, June 28, 1967

Letter from Henry Duerksen to MLK

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Duerksen sends a brief letter showing his support and pride for Dr. King's work and dismissing negative statements toward Dr. King.

Wednesday, April 28, 1965

Letter from Joseph Berke to MLK

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Joseph Berke replies to Dr. King's response to an invitation to attend the Dialectics of Liberation and shares his content with one of Dr. King's speeches on the war in Vietnam.

Tuesday, April 11, 1967

Letter from Hubert H. Humphrey to MLK Regarding an Invitation

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In this letter Senator Hubert Humphrey urges Dr. King to accept an invitation to speak at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Wednesday, July 8, 1964

Letter from Samuel Newman to MLK

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Samuel Newman requests that Dr. King's recent address made in New York on Vietnam. Dr. Newman also provides a contribution for Dr. King's "noble activities".

Friday, April 7, 1967

Letter from Charles Armstrong to Robert Ruper

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Charles Armstrong, Publisher & Editor of the South Suburban News, writes to the Executive Vice President and CEO of Phillip Morris, Robert Ruper. In response to lack of funding provided to black communities, Dr. King, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders spark a nationwide boycott, Operation Breadbasket. Mr. Armstrong urges Mr. Ruper to comply with recent demands concerning acts discrimination within Phillip Morris.

Friday, February 2, 1968

Letter from Robert A. Goldwin to MLK

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Robert A. Goldwin informs Dr. King that he is enclosing four essays on "100 Years of Emancipation." Goldwin hopes Dr. King will enjoy reading the essays.

Tuesday, March 12, 1963

Letter from MLK to Joel Crittenden

Dr. King responds to Joel Crittenden's concern about white hatred toward Negroes by making two points: 1) some whites have given their lives in the freedom struggle, and 2) hatred and violence must be met with love and nonviolence.

Letter from Reverend Roland de Corneille to Wyatt Walker

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Reverend Roland de Corneille writes to Wyatt T. Walker regarding a fundraiser for the SCLC. Reverend de Corneille would like for Dr. King and a notable celebrity, such as Harry Belafonte or Nat King Cole, to come to Toronto, Canada for a benefit show.

Friday, December 6, 1963

Letter from Congressman Augustus F. Hawkins to MLK

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Augustus Hawkins, the first black Congressman from California, asks Dr. King to offer suggestions and comments about how to further the aims of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Hawkins reports that the act has garnered resistance from local political leadership because many fear it will undermine their power.

Friday, June 11, 1965

Letter from Glenn M. Dunkle to MLK

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Glenn Dunkle, Senior Planner for the City of Richmond, Virginia, requests a copy of a bill proposed by Dr. King that addresses slums and housing clearance. The bill will be used by the Richmond City Planning Commission as it studies "methods of stimulating urban redevelopment and new low income housing."

Wednesday, October 11, 1967

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