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Spirit of Law[s]

Dr. King summarizes “The Spirit of the Laws,” written by Montesquieu, a political philosopher of the Enlightenment period.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


This document is regarding the celebration of the Birthday Anniversary of the late Dr. King. The author states, "While the national holiday legislation is pending in Congress, masses of people everywhere already personally declare the date to be their own to honor one of history's greatest leaders."

Tuesday, January 1, 1974

Letter from Wilton Hall Jr to MLK


President of Droke House Publishers, Wilton Hall, Jr., requests copies of Dr. King's speeches, sermons, press conferences, articles, and interviews for the completion of a book volume entitled "The Quotable Martin Luther King."

Friday, January 13, 1967

Letter from R. H. Edwin Espy to MLK


Mr. Espy acknowledges the contribution of Dr. King's congregation, Ebenezer Baptist Church, to the National Council of the Churches of Christ and seeks a renewal of that commitment to its work.

Monday, June 28, 1965

Registration for the Annual Youth Retreat


This is a document from Reverend Earl Stirewalt with information on the annual Youth Retreat of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The retreat aims to aid in the spiritual growth of young men and women.

Friday, May 12, 1967

Letter from Claudette Holston to MLK


Claudette Holston writes Dr. King expressing the plight she has faced as a black woman in Michigan and Georgia. She asks Dr. King, "how would you feel if I was your daughter or wife?" and strongly urges him to write back.

Thursday, January 25, 1968

Letter from the Chairman of the Martin Luther King Fund to MLK


The Chairman of the Martin Luther King Fund informs Dr. King that they have distributed copies of the Letter from Birmingham Jail. Those who read the letter were impressed and described it as a "masterful job." The organization contributes to the SCLC for lobbying the passage of the President's Civil Rights Bill.

Thursday, August 1, 1963

Letter from MLK to J. Martin England


Dr. King express his appreciation for Mr. J. Martin England's support.

Tuesday, September 21, 1965

Letter from MLK to Otto Fuerbringer of Time Magazine


Dora McDonald writes Otto Fuerbringer of Time Magazine to inquire about photos of Dr. King to be used for publication. The photos would be compiled for Dr. King's personal collection.

Thursday, January 16, 1964

Letter from Mrs. Catherine Hartman to MLK about a New Publication


In this letter Mrs. Catherine Hartman of Atheneum Publishers sends Dr. King a new publication, asking that Dr. King read it and offer any comments.

Tuesday, August 1, 1967

SCLC Executive Board Approves Montgomery March

Dr. King’s handwritten notes report on SCLC Executive Board approval of four of his recommendations: a March on the State Capitol in Montgomery, a nationwide economic withdrawal from Christmas shopping to commemorate the tragic deaths of children in Birmingham, a massive direct action program in Danville, Virginia, and selective buying campaign in the South to get better jobs for Negroes

Letter from Wilma Wolsink to MLK


Wilma Wolsink, an eleven-year-old girl from Holland, writes to Dr. King to express her support. She also requests an autographed photograph.

Sunday, October 30, 1966

Letter from Ralph D. Abernathy and MLK to Howard W. Creecy


Dr. King and Ralph Abernathy inform Reverend Creecy they will be serving a five day jail sentence for breaking an injunction against demonstrating in Birmingham, Alabama. It is for this reason that the Clergymen's Conference will have to be moved to a later date.

Monday, June 19, 1967

Slum Building Seized

This article includes multiple viewpoints regarding Dr. King and the seizure of a slum building in Chicago.

Letter to MLK from Andrew W. Loewi


Andrew W. Loewi writes Dr. King asking him to sign a petition against the Vietnam War.

Saturday, October 28, 1967

Draft Statement of Reverend Dr. MLK Jr.

This statement, not written in Dr. King's hand, responds to Joseph Alsop's syndicated column in the New York Herald Tribune. Dr. King clarifies that SCLC has no affiliation with the Communist Party. He also states the SCLC has not continued a relationship with Jack O'Dell since he was relieved of his responsibilities.

Letter from Edward O'Brien to MLK


Edward O'Brien writes Dr. King inquiring about the release of his new book, as he is unable to find it in bookstores.

Friday, July 10, 1964

103:24 General Correspondence 1967 (S)


Addressed to Sigrid L. Sharp, this receipt is forwarded to Minneapolis, MN for a donation of $3.00 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Monday, May 1, 1967

Letter from Erik Ruden to MLK


Upon learning of Dr. King's speaking engagement at the upcoming World Council meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, Ruden invites him to an additional meeting at luncheon or area Baptist Church.

Thursday, January 11, 1968

Letter from Congressman Edward R. Roybal to MLK


California Congressman Roybal responds to a message from Dr. King regarding the seating of the Mississippi delegation. Roybal reminds Dr. King of his record on matters related to civil rights.

Tuesday, January 5, 1965

Letter from MLK to D. Martin Fischer about American People


Dr. King thanks Prof. Fischer for "submitting [his] thoughts and words of warning for the American People." Dr. King agrees with the professor's assertion that we should all try to "avoid the excesses and horrors of war."

Tuesday, July 11, 1967

Telegram from Francis Lucas to Lucille Banta


Francis Lucas, assistant to Coretta Scott King, informs Lucille Banta of a scheduling conflict. She also requests information about which people "have agreed to sign the cable gram to His Holiness Pope Paul."

Friday, January 17, 1969

Stokely Carmichael Requests MLK Photo


Julia Polk of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, asks for an autographed photo of Dr. King for Stokely Carmichael's collection.

Thursday, October 20, 1966

MLK Speaks on Church Bombing in Birmingham, AL


Dr. King speaks on the bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

Monday, September 16, 1963

Telegram from President Kennedy to MLK


President Kennedy compliments Dr. King and his organization for their persistent push for equal rights in America.

Monday, September 24, 1962

Letter from Robert Stock to MLK


Robert Stock sends Dr. King a copy of a magazine called "Petroleum Today." The magazine offers their audience public information about the oil industry as well as human interests including education, art, and history.

Thursday, April 21, 1966

Letter from Richard C. Gilman to MLK


Richard C. Gilman, President of Occidental College, invites Dr. King to speak to the students at their opening convocation.

Tuesday, July 5, 1966

Telegram from Robert L. Green, Floyd McKissack and Roy Wilkins to MLK

Mr. Wilkins, Mr. Kissack and Mr. Green express their viewpoint regarding restrictive racial policies towards the Negro, more specifically towards Negro women by members of the Women's City Club of Detroit. The author encourages a dismembership from the club based on their findings.

SCLC: MLK Still Most Influential Negro According to Studies


The SCLC issues a news release stating that Dr. King is the most influential Negro leader in America. Dr. King, along with other prominent members of the SCLC, was serving a five-day jail sentence in Birmingham, Alabama at the time of the news release.

Friday, November 3, 1967

Letter From Dora McDonald to Sarah Harvey


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