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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 August Schou to MLK

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August Schou of the Nobel Committee responds to Dr. King's secretary, Dora McDonald, regarding Dr. King's arrival in Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize Award. Schou explains the importance of Dr. King arriving at the recommended date as well as the proper attire and a short list of other individuals invited to join Dr. King.

Thursday, November 26, 1964

Letter from MLK to Rev. H. Edward Whitaker

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Dr. King responds to a letter from Rev. Edward Whitaker, regarding Whitaker's desire to be a college minster. He expresses to Whitaker that his experience should serve him well for such a responsibility. Dr. King and Rev. Whitaker were classmates at Crozer Theological Seminary.

Tuesday, April 3, 1962

Letter from Harris Wofford to MLK and Ralph Abernathy

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Harris Wofford, civil rights supporter and friend of Dr. King, proposes "the right next step" for King and the Montgomery Improvement Association. He suggests round-table conferences composed of white and Negro ministers, an idea inspired by the efforts of Gandhi.

Saturday, November 30, 1957

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 Bernard Holliday to MLK

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President of Ministers Alliance, Mr. Holliday writes to Dr. King to show his support for the tragic incident that took place September 15, 1963. They enclosed a check to the families that lost someone during this terrible event.

Monday, September 23, 1963

Letter from Frank Thompson, Jr. to MLK

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Congressman Thompson of New Jersey writes Dr. King to acknowledge his recent letter urging his support of the vote against the Mississippi Delegation. Thompson informs Dr. King that he was one of Representatives who opposed the seating, and although dissenters did not prevail he is convinced "that this action has helped in the fight to enfranchise those who have been discriminated against for so long."

Tuesday, January 12, 1965

Letter from Carson Lyman to MLK

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Carson Lyman, managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, encloses the transcript of an interview with Dr. King. Lyman asks Dr. King make any necessary changes to the transcript, but to make sure "to preserve the informality of the language."

Tuesday, February 4, 1964

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 Dorothy Gaines to Jacob Broertjes

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Dorothy Gaines encloses a copy of all of Dr. King and Rev. Andrew Young's expenses while in Amsterdam for the Baptist Federation Convention.

Wednesday, September 2, 1964

Letter from MLK to Mimi A. Edwards

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Dr. King responds to the letter of Mimi Edwards, as student at Elizabeth City Teachers College in North Carolina. He stresses the impact that a nonviolent movement can have on the South, the nation, and the world. He also enclosed copies of two articles to assist Miss Edwards with a paper she is writing.

Tuesday, December 4, 1962

Letter from Rosemary O'Neill to MLK

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Rosemary O'Neill of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York writes Dr. King regarding Choice '68, the National Collegiate Presidential Primary. O'Neill, Choice '68 Campus Coordinator, requests campaign materials such as fliers, pamphlets and fact sheets to inform students on various candidates.

Tuesday, March 26, 1968

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 Dora McDonald to Sarah Harvey

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Ms. McDonald thanks Mrs. Harvey for her contribution to the SCLC, and informs her that Dr. King will contact her on his return from Birmingham, Alabama.

Tuesday, May 28, 1963

Letter from Jennings Randolph to MLK

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Jennings Randolph writes Dr. King expressing thanks for his previous telegram regarding support of the Voting Rights bill which would abolish poll taxes.

Thursday, April 29, 1965

Letter from MLK to Prisoner James C. Guyton

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Dr. King sends his prayers to Mr. Guyton in his confinement and informs him that he will contact him when he has additional information.

Wednesday, January 24, 1962

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

The Alberton Family Sends Condolence Offerings

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The Albertson family sends to Rev. Abernathy and Rev. Young their condolences for Dr. King's death in the form of contribution and encouraging words.

Tuesday, April 9, 1968

Letter from Sam Jones to MLK

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In this letter, dated January 11, 1968, Sam Jones expresses his disappointment in Dr. King for not acknowledging his letters. Jones wrote several letters to King asking for assistance in the struggle to restrain the Florida State Legislature's "Lily White" body from writing a new State Constitution.

Thursday, January 11, 1968

Letter from Barry Gray to Jackie Robinson

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Barry Gray, an influential American radio personality, writes Jackie Robinson expressing his disappointment with how he dealt with countering issues. According to Gray, Robinson sent a letter to "distinguished Americans, including his friends" and presumably blackmailed him. Gray discusses his input in the Civil Rights Movement through exposing unequal systems through television and radio.

Monday, August 22, 1966

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