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Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle)

b. 1913 - d. 1975

Born in Indiana to a coal miner, James (Jimmy) Hoffa served as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (1957-1971). He was responsible for the overwhelming swell in the organization’s membership. The Teamsters participated in the March on Washington and contributed $25,000 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965, the union’s largest donation to a single cause to that time. In 1964, Hoffa was sentenced to 13 years in prison for jury tampering, fraud and attempted bribery. Dr. King wrote a very personal letter to Hoffa in 1966 several months before his incarceration at Lewisburg Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, sharing with him his own feelings and experiences being jailed. President Nixon arranged his pardon after Hoffa resigned from the Teamsters. Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975.

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A Union Treasurer Writes MLK Regarding the SCLC Convention

Cleveland Robinson, Secretary Treasurer of AFL-CIO District 65 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, writes to Dr. King with several suggestions for the upcoming SCLC convention.

Letter from Daniel L. Eckert to MLK

This letter was written to Dr.King to express disapproval for Dr.King's support of Adam Clayton Powell. Mr. Eckert states that Mr.Powell should be treated as white leaders are treated.

Letter from James R. Hoffa to MLK

Teamsters President James (Jimmy) Hoffa requests a meeting with Dr. King to discuss the boycott in Alabama and how it relates to existing contractual agreements with interstate carriers.

Letter from MLK to James Hoffa

Dr. King offers support to James Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, several months prior to the start of Mr. Hoffa's prison term at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania.

Letter from MLK to Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa

Dr. King thanks famous Teamsters President James Hoffa for their contribution of $25,000 to aid the SCLC. According to Dr. King, Hoffa and the Teamster's contribution will increase voter registration and economic development that will narrow the divide between whites and Negroes.

Letter from MLK to Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa

Dr. King thanks James Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for his organization's $25,000 contribution to the SCLC. Dr. King explains the current works and beliefs of the SCLC and also stresses the importance of supporters like the Teamsters.

No More Negro Cop Restrictions Asked

These newspaper clippings feature a photo and caption of Atlanta Police Chief Herbert Jenkins regarding the lifting of restrictions on Negro policemen arresting white persons, and an article on alleged violent tactics by a labor union.

Rep. Powell Unseating to Stick?

This article discusses public opinion surrounding former U.S. House Representative Adam Clayton Powell's ethics investigation, and subsequent ousting from office.