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Levison, Stanley D.

b. 1912 - d. 1979

Stanley Levison was among Dr. King’s most influential political advisors. He was a Jewish lawyer and businessman from New York. King met Levison through Bayard Rustin and Ella Baker in 1956. Levison provided counsel to King during the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He assisted in the drafting of major speeches and counseled King in matters of political strategy and fundraising. Levison was publicly identified with the Communist Party USA before his association with King. This led to an FBI investigation of their relationship. Eventually King distanced himself from Levison publicly while still seeking his advice through others. The two men remained in contact until King’s assassination in 1968.

Associated Archive Content : 32 results

Letter from Andrew W. Loewi to MLK

Andrew W. Loewi writes Dr. King concerning his participation in attempting to put an end to the Vietnam War.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rabbi Irving J. Block

Dora McDonald requests Rabbi Irving J. Block contact Stanley Levison, Dr. King's attorney in New York City.

Letter from Genevieve Young to Joan Daves Regarding MLK Manuscript

In this letter, Genevieve Young informs Joan Daves of the notes created for the manuscript of Dr. King's book and questions about the sources of some of Dr. King's facts.

Letter from Joan Daves to Andrew Young

In this letter, Ms. Daves focuses on Dr. King's speeches and discusses copyrighting issues.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald

Joan Daves asks Dora McDonald about obtaining a copy of the speech Dr. King made to the New York City Bar Association.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald

Joan Daves urges Dora McDonald to provide notice of Dr. King's public appearances to Harper so that books can be sold at those events.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald

Joan Daves contacts Dr. King's secretary, Dora McDonald, regarding the payment from the Canadian Broadcasting series in the amount of $5,000. Daves further discusses the galley of lectures that are to be checked and released by Dr. King for publication in Canada. In addition to Dr. King, Stanley Levison will also be reviewing the galleys.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding The Critic in Chicago

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King about the only magazine commitment to-date with The Critic in Chicago.

Letter from Joan Daves to Howard Gotlieb

Joan Daves responds to Mr. Gotlieb regarding a request to write Dr. King's biography from archival material in the possession of Boston University. At the present time and for various reasons, Dr. King has decided not to approve this project.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves references a potential book idea similar to that of "The Wisdom of John F. Kennedy." This production would include various speeches and writings of Dr. King. Factoring in pros and cons to the selection of publishers, Ms. Daves provides his insight concerning the process.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter, Joan Daves provides Dr. King with suggested wording for the acknowledgment to Hermine Popper in "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?".

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

This document is a letter from Joan Daves to Martin Luther King Jr. in regards to New York Times Magazine's request to reprint Dr. King's publication: "Where We Are Going". April 26, 1967

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves reminds Dr. King of her request for an available copy of his "doctors dissertation", for possible national and international publication.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter, Ms. Daves informs Dr. King of Harper and Row's efforts on behalf of "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?." She includes sales figures and discusses the "variance[s]" for the total number of copies.

Letter from L. D. Reddick to Colleagues

L. D. Reddick's colleagues received this letter pertaining to the business of Dr. King's papers and where they should be housed.

Letter from Mr. Levison Regarding U.S. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Mr. Levison expresses his support for Representative Powell during the controversial House of Representatives committee chairmanship and ethical dilemma. Levison goes on to defend the suggestion of race being the determining factor of his criticism by volunteering his support of any review of congressional systems.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter Ms. Daves covers several topics relating to dealings with publishers and the protocol in the future. She makes a number of recommendations on the allocation of Dr. King's time and resources and stresses the priority of "a constructive and continuing publishing program related to your work and ideas."

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK about Potential Publishers

This letter, dated 4/6/65, from Ms. Daves to Dr. King, discusses possible courses of action concerning various elements wanting to publish selections of Dr. King's work. These elements are competing and, in some cases, conflicting. Ms. Daves mentions an upcoming conference in which another matter would be discussed in addition to these.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves' Office to MLK

This letter from Ms. Daves' office to Dr. King is a breakdown of various foreign rights royalties to "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?".

Letter from Roger Loewi to MLK

Roger Loewi wrote this letter to inform Dr. King of his mutual friendship with King adviser, Stanley Levison. Lastly, Mr. Loewi requested for a brief meeting with Dr. King.

Letter from Stanley Lavison to MLK Regarding Speeches

In this letter to Dr. King, Stanley D. Levison references text books with Dr. King's speeches and The Chicago Rally.

Letter from Stanley Levison to MLK

Attorney Stanley Levinson writes Dr. King about the state of the SCLC's finances, and the potential of a financial crisis.

Letter from Tom Offenburger to MLK

Tom Offenburger and Stan Levison plan to do a story on the Cleveland project and justify the expenses involved as necessary in the process of field research.

Man's Struggle for Freedom

The "Chicago Tribune" reviews Dr. King's book "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"

Memo from Joan Daves to MLK, Clarence Jones and Stanley Levison

Joan Daves expresses the importance of gaining proper copyright reassignment for Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

Memorandum from Stanley Levison Regarding Congressman Powell

This memorandum from Mr. Levison concerns legal issues regarding Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. His position is that those issues, valid or not, need examination in the overall context of "the real issue...the undemocratic nature of the congressional system."

Memorandum Regarding Fund Raising and Sale of Memorial Objects

William A. Rutherford alerts SCLC members that Dr. King's name is being used in various parts of the country to obtain a profit. These individuals have used the organization's name as well as that of the Poor Peoples Campaign. These actions are unlawful and have not been certified by SCLC's headquarters.

Stanley Levison Suggests Use of Radio

Stanley D. Levison, New York businessman and close friend to Dr. King, suggests to increase the use of radio as a means to reach masses of American citizens in the fight for civil rights.

Telegram from Stanley Levison to Coretta Scott King

Stanley Levison warns Mrs. King about interceding between governments.

The Lonesome Road

Stanley D. Levison sends Dr. King an article from The Washington Post titled "The Lonesome Road," which is a review of Dr. Kings book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Martin Duberman, the author of the article, explains Dr. King's reasons for writing the book, and Duberman also provides a favorable review of the publication.

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