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Telegram from Ike Knight to MLK

Ike Knight notifies Dr. King about civil rights issues concerning steel workers going on strike.

Telegram from Roy Wilkins to MLK

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Mr. Wilkins invites Dr. King to attend a meeting with Dr. K. O. Mbadiwe, former Nigerian Minister, and other Negro leaders in the United States to discuss the increasing conflict in Nigeria.

Wednesday, October 11, 1967

Telegram from Harry Belafonte to Coretta Scott King

In this telegram, Mr. Belafonte sympathizes with Mrs. King as she is preparing for Dr. King's sentence of four months in prison.

Telegram from Roy Wilkins to MLK

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Roy Wilkins invites Dr. King to attend an urgent meeting of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to discuss civil rights developments in the Senate. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was under debate at the time in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.

Friday, March 20, 1964

Telegram from Mrs. King to David Rogers

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Mrs. King sends Mr. Rogers her appreciation for his effort in turning Dr. King's birthday into a federal holiday.

Tuesday, January 14, 1969

Telegram from Selma Frazier to MLK

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Selma Frazier and family send their support to Dr. King during his incarceration in the Birmingham jail.

Wednesday, November 1, 1967

Western Union Telegram from Willie Bascomb to Dr. King

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Willie Bascomb, of Montgomery, Alabama, addressed this telegram to Dr. King, wishing him a full recovery and well wishes.

Wednesday, September 24, 1958

Telegram from Robert M. Ball to MLK

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Mr.Ball, Social Security Administration Commissioner, invites Dr. King to participate in an information session concerning a proposed medicare program. The meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD.

Monday, February 7, 1966

Telegram from MLK to Senator Robert Kennedy

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Dr. King requests that Senator Robert Kennedy initiate an investigation into complaints about the actions of police during demonstrations in Petersburg, Virginia.

Monday, March 18, 1963

Telegram from MLK to Rev. N. C. Burtenshaw

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Dr. King sends his condolence to Rev. Burtenshaw of the Catholic Archdioceses of Atlanta for the death of Archbishop Hallinan.

Wednesday, March 27, 1968

Telegram from Charles Pincjard to MLK

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Charles Pincjard writes Dr. King to confirm the date for a the WMPP Awards Brunch.

Tuesday, April 2, 1968

Telegram from Al C. Hastings to MLK

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Al Hastings expresses his concern during Dr. King's incarceration in the Jefferson County Jail.

Tuesday, October 31, 1967

Telegram from George Houser to MLK

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George Houser of the American Committee on Africa urges Dr. King to telegram the President about Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence. The Rhodesian government, under Prime Minister Ian Smith, took this illegal action to break from the United Kingdom after days of negotiation with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The British sought to give blacks a fair share of power.

Thursday, November 11, 1965

Telegram from MLK to William Dawson

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Dr. King informs William Dawson that the SCLC approves the plan to "transfer the Community Relations Service to the Department of Justice."

Monday, March 21, 1966

Telegram from Dr. and Mrs. King to John H. Calhoun

Dr. and Mrs. King deliver their condolences for the recent passing of Mason, brother of John H. Calhoun. The Kings informs Mr. Calhoun that he is not alone in his hour of mourning and that the community is also suffering this great loss.

Telegram from MLK to John F. Kennedy

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Dr. King writes to President John F. Kennedy about the President's speech to the nation. Dr. King writes that he found the speech to be most eloquent and unequivocal.

Tuesday, June 11, 1963

Telegram from W. L. Bentley to MLK

W. L. Bentley expresses to Dr. King that his ill health prevents him from being present. He also requests to enroll and would like to be forwarded the cost.

Telegram from Bayard Rustin to MLK

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Bayard Rustin informs Dr. King that Albert Shanker, President of the United Federation of Teachers, has been sentenced to fifteen days in jail. He requests Dr. King to contribute $5.00 towards the payment of Mr. Shanker's fine and for permission to state publicly that he has contributed.

Wednesday, December 20, 1967

Telegram from MLK and Wyatt Walker to Burke Marshall

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Dr. King and Wyatt Walker send an urgent request for Burke Marshall to investigate the bombing of SCLC Board Member C. O. Simpkins' home in Shreveport, Louisiana. The two SCLC officials inform Mr. Marshall that the suspects were released for lack of evidence despite other information to the contrary.

Monday, February 19, 1962

Telegram Invitation from President Johnson to MLK

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Mr. Alexander sends this informal invitation to Dr. King requesting that he visits with the President of the United States.

Wednesday, June 22, 1966

Telegram from Ted Aretha to MLK

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Ted Aretha sends words of encouragement to Dr. King during his time in the Birmingham City Jail.

Monday, October 30, 1967

Telegram from Evert Svensson to MLK

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Evert Svensson congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Christian Social Democrats and his friends in Parliament. On behalf of his organization, he also invites Dr. King to visit Sweden in connection with his visit to Oslo.

Thursday, October 15, 1964

Telegram to W. L. James from Dr. and Ms. King

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Dr. and Mrs. King write Mrs. James expressing condolences following the death of her husband. Dr. James was a music educator at Spelman College and a 1923 graduate of Morehouse College . He served as Chairman of the Music Department at Spelman and Director of the Glee Club from 1933 to 1966. Dr. James died December 27, 1966.

Monday, January 2, 1967

Telegram from MLK to Edward M. Kennedy

Dr. King expresses his gratification to Senator Edward M. Kennedy for sponsoring the amendment to abolish the poll tax in state elections.

Telegram from Sylvester Nichols to Mrs. King

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Mrs. King received many telegrams, following the assassination of Dr. King. This telegram, in particular, came from Sylvester Nichols and the members of the Brooklyn branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians. The association wanted to extend sympathy to the King family and to inform Mrs. King that they would continue to live out Dr. King's principles.

Friday, May 3, 1968

Telegram from John Barber and Rev. L. C. Filer to MLK

John Barber, President of the New Haven Branch of the NAACP, sends his support to Dr. King while he serves time in Albany County Jail. Barber expresses sympathetic concern and promises to register financial support soon.

Telegram from Marvin Rich to MLK

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Marvin Rich informs Dr. King of a resolution that was adopted at a recent conference. The resolution called for a summit of civil rights leaders.

Tuesday, July 26, 1966

Telegram from Jeffrey Archer to MLK

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Jeffery Archer of Brasenose College requests a signed copy of one of Dr. King's books for the Oxfam Campaign.

Wednesday, December 2, 1964

Telegram from ABC Network to Ralph David Abernathy

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A correspondent from the American Broadcasting Company Network in Washington D.C. contacts Reverend Ralph Abernathy attempting to continue an interview previously scheduled with Dr. King before his death.

Monday, April 22, 1968

Telegram to MLK from W.E. Gardner

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Rev. Gardner organizes a board meeting to plan for a Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention.

Thursday, August 16, 1962

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