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Letter from Vera Galanter to MLK

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Mrs. Galanter informs Dr. King of mobilization efforts in the North to aid in "Negro Voter Registration programs in the South" and requests areas in need of support.

Monday, January 15, 1962

Letter from MLK to Asbury Howard

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Dr. King expresses his appreciation to Mr. Howard for a recent letter which informed him of a proposed merger of labor unions.

Tuesday, December 13, 1966

Letter from Alfred Gunn to MLK

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Alfred L. Gunn requests Dr King's support of Gunn's "new Democratic way of Philosophy." Mr. Dunn also encloses three manuscripts pertaining to riots, the American gun and rifle laws, and the occurrence of racial problems in America.

Tuesday, February 6, 1968

Letter from C. Anderson Davis to MLK

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C. Anderson Davis, Editor of "The Sphinx" and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, requests Dr. King make an appearance and give an address at the traditional Negro Greek Letter fraternity's general convention.

Wednesday, May 13, 1964

Letter from MLK to Jack O'Dell

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Dr. King requests that Mr. O'Dell makes a statement regarding the philosophy and methods of the SCLC. He explains the urgency of Mr. O'Dell's statement due to an investigation concerning O'Dell's Communist affiliations.

Friday, January 18, 1963

Letter from Martin Shepard to MLK with Citizens For Kennedy/Fulbright Pamphflet

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Dr. Martin Shepard, co-chairman of Citizens for Kennedy/Fullbright 1968, wrote this letter to Dr. King after reading the Dr. King felt Robert F. Kennedy would be the best Democratic Presidential nominee in 1968. Dr. Shepard writes that they "share the same feelings about President Johnsons and his insane war in Vietnam" and encourages Dr. King to read the enclosed pamphlet and join their efforts.

Thursday, April 27, 1967

Letter from Ernest Shaefer to Dora McDonald

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Mr. Schaefer writes Dora McDonald seeking confirmation for Dr. King's scheduled appearance at Kennett Square.

Monday, February 27, 1967

Telegram from MLK to President Kennedy

Dr. King praises President John F. Kennedy for his eloquent appeal for freedom and justice and says the President's message will become "a hallmark in the annals of American history" if his proposed legislation is passed.

Letter from MLK to Gerald A. Feffer

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Dr. King informs Gerald A. Feffer that he is unable to accept the invitation to speak at Lehigh University. King states, "I can think of nothing that I enjoy more than discussing some of the vital issues of the day with college and university students."

Wednesday, October 23, 1963

Letter from MLK to James Marley

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Dr. King thanks James Marley for his contribution to the SCLC and gives a brief summary of how the funds benefit the Negro communities.

Tuesday, October 15, 1963

Letter from Rev. Herbert H. Eaton to Dr. and Mrs. King

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Reverend Eaton, pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, congratulates Dr. and Mrs. King on the birth of their child, Edith Bernice.

Tuesday, April 9, 1963

Letter from FBI Director John Edgar Hoover to MLK

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J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, thanks Dr. King for his telegram regarding the work of Special Agents of the Bureau in Alabama.

Monday, March 29, 1965

Letter from Dr. John Holton to William Marine Regarding the Price Project

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In this letter Dr. Holton, president of the Atlanta Medical Association, states his position on the Price Project. Dr. Holton asserts that he does not agree with the candidates were chosen for the proposal, and must oppose the project.

Monday, October 2, 1967

Letter to MLK from Norman Thomas

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In this letter to Dr. King, Norman Thomas, a pacifist and political activist, writes to ensure that he attend a small civil rights conference in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, December 31, 1963

Letter from Ruth H. Bunche to MLK

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Mrs. Ruth H. Bunche appeals to Dr. King for his financial support for Inwood House, a support system for unmarried mothers. Enclosed is a brochure describing the program and its services.

Saturday, September 9, 1967

Letter from Ann Pagenstecher to MLK

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Ann Pagenstecher from Harvard College Library offers Dr. King a copy of a bibliography that lists publications, both, by and about him. She shares supportive words with Dr. King, applauding his crusade regardless of the outcome. The attached bibliography contains a brief biography of Dr. King's life and seven pages of literature including books and articles from prominent publications such as Ebony Magazine, The New York Times, and The Christian Century.

Wednesday, August 31, 1966

Letter from Mary Mikutel to Mrs. King

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Young Mary Mikutel offers her condolences to Mrs. King in the wake of Dr. King's assassination.

Friday, April 5, 1968

Letter from Claudie Erleigh to MLK

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On behalf of the NUSAS Local Committee, Claudie Erleigh writes Dr. King requesting that he submit an article for the "NUSAS Journal." Dr. King's entry would extend further beyond the "general interest." The committee has also invited other influential leaders, such as Senator Robert F. Kennedy, to contribute to this journal.

Wednesday, October 5, 1966

Letter From MLK to Mrs. William Lescase

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Dr.King thanks Mrs. William Lescaze for her contribution to the SCLC.

Tuesday, November 22, 1966

Letter from Paul Madsen to MLK

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Paul Madsen, Associate Executive Secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, offers Dr. King a consulting position with the organization. The organization needs someone to provide guidance on critical decisions, appear at a limited number of speaking engagements, and to make suggestions to the organization as needed. He mentions that the consulting arrangement could be used to help Ebenezer Baptist Church's budget.

Tuesday, November 5, 1963

Letter from Paul Frumkin to MLK about Kup's Show

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This letter, dated March 27, 1967, was written from Paul Frumkin to Dr. King. Paul Frumkin, producer of American Broadcasting Company's "Kup's Show," thanks Dr. King for making an appearance on "Kup's Show."

Monday, March 27, 1967

Letter from Ira Sandperl to MLK with Concerns of Supporting SCLC

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Sandperl pleas with Dr. King to review and respond to his four point proposal, proclaiming that only then will he and Joan Baez continue to support SCLC. Sandperl criticizes SCLC for not being honest with it's coworkers, being unorganized, and self defeating. Sandperl wants Dr. King to convince him otherwise, but does not view the SCLC as being able to achieve social change from what he experienced at the retreat in South Carolina. Sandperl promises support if his proposal is adopted by the SCLC.

Saturday, December 10, 1966

Letter from John A. McDermott to Chicago Daily News

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John McDermott anticipates discrimination in housing and job opportunities as a result of a proposed federal project for a nuclear power plant in Illinois. Ideally, The Weston Project should create equal opportunities for both black and white Americans. McDermott expresses concern considering the current conditions of racial injustice that exists in Illinois.

Friday, June 30, 1967

Letter from Mrs. Sammie Adams to MLK

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Mrs. Sammie Adams, a 67-year-old widow, writes an emotional appeal to Dr. and Mrs. King in an effort to collect money for Easter clothes for her children. She acknowledges that she previously donated to Dr. King and the cause for civil rights and would benefit from some assistance.

Monday, April 4, 1966

Letter from The Norwegian Church to MLK and Friends

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A member of the Norwegian Church extends congratulations to Dr. King for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 1964.

Wednesday, December 9, 1964

Letter from John E. Smylie to MLK

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In this letter, Chaplain Smylie requests for Dr. King to preach at Occidental College. Smylie states, "We would be honored to have you or one of your representatives at Occidental."

Friday, May 31, 1963

Letter from David S. Tillson MLK

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Dr. Davis S. Tillson congratulates Dr. King on his statement regarding foreign policy.

Friday, May 5, 1967

Letter from Dora McDonald to Berl Bernhard

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Dora McDonald informs Berl Bernhard that Dr. King has a prior engagement out of the country and cannot attend the civil rights planning conference. McDonald states, "He asked me to say to you that he would be grateful if you would send him a copy of the report of the conference."

Wednesday, February 6, 1963

Letter from MLK to the Nobel Institute

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Dr. King nominates Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, for the Nobel Peace Prize. He describes Hanh's accomplishments and assures that he is "an apostle of peace and non-violence.

Wednesday, January 25, 1967

Request for Help

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Marcellus M. Harper requests assistance from Dr. King in relation to economic improvement. In his letter of appeal, Mr. Harper requests that Dr. King speaks on gossip, unity, improving conditions and ways of living, and economic improvement.

Monday, November 6, 1967

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