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Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich)

b. 1908 - d. 1979

Nelson A. Rockefeller, four-term New York governor, was the grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller. A businessman and philanthropist, he served in the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations before being appointed 61st U.S. vice president in 1974 under Gerald Ford. In his 14 years as governor, he increased New York’s role in education, environmental protection, transportation, housing, welfare, medical aid, civil rights and the arts, and ended discrimination in public spaces, housing and employment. Rockefeller and Dr. King were good friends, often delivering speeches together, including at the Jackie Robinson Hall of Fame dinner, the Ebenezer Baptist Church Men’s Day observance and the dedication of Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church. After King’s Albany (Georgia) arrest, Rockefeller called for the federal government to investigate the circumstances of Southern blacks. In addition, Rockefeller was a major donor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

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The Klansman Article Regarding MLK

This article on Dr. King appears in "The Klansman," a publication of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi. Dr. King, who is here referred to as the "Reverend Riot Inciter" and "Riot King," is alleged to have caused civil unrest in Leflore County and Greenwood, Mississippi.

The SCLC Hall of Fame Dinner of July 1962

This pamphlet is from the Hall of Fame Dinner for Jackie Robinson. It features several ads from organizations supporting the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.