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Einstein, Albert

b. 1879 - d. 1955

Albert Einstein was the most influential physicist of the twentieth century. Best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula (E = mc2) and developing the general theory of relativity, he received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1921. As the Nazis took hold of Germany, Jews, including Einstein, were prohibited from teaching at universities and subject to increasing restrictions. Fearing for his life, Einstein emigrated in 1933 and began a long teaching and research career at Princeton. He was deeply devoted to peace, civil liberties and the founding of Israel. While he had urged President Roosevelt to develop a nuclear program before Germany, he objected to the atomic bombing of Japan and to nuclear proliferation. He was also very interested in the African American situation in the U.S. He maintained a relationship with W. E. B. Dubois and Paul Robeson and spoke out against racism. Shortly before his death, Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued a manifesto calling humanity to reject policies of death, saying “Remember your humanity and forget the rest.”

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Address by MLK at SCLC Ministers Conference

Dr. King addresses those in attendance at the Southern Christian Ministers Conference. He brings words of encouragement to those working diligently for social change in Mississippi. He speaks words of promise that things will change since the Supreme Court has ruled segregation unconstitutional and he gives examples of how things are slowly changing. However, he acknowledges that there is still much work to be done, especially in the South. Dr. King lists actions that must be at the top of everyone's list to be taken care of.

Letter from Don Blaine to MLK

Don Blaine seeks advice from Dr. King concerning the idea of organizing a peace caravan that would travel throughout the United States. Blaine views this suggestion as a way to garner international support for peace.

Letter from George W. Parker

George Parker explains his theory of mind control as a "mass electronic psychological weapon." He also details how this weapon is currently being employed.

The Martin Luther King Column

Dr. King addresses his concerns about the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany.

The Martin Luther King Column - No. 3

In this column, Dr. King speaks of the outbreak of "Nazi-like degeneracy" less than 15 years after the Holocaust. He says that in spite of these evils, it should not discourage us from coming together as human beings, living in harmony and not letting the dangers of racism paralyze us as a world community.