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Shanker, Albert

b. 1928 - d. 1997

Albert Shanker, son of Jewish-Russian immigrants, attended the University of Illinois and was a charter member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In the 1950’s he became a Teachers’ Guild organizer. As treasurer of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Shanker endorsed the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Shanker was president of the UFT (1964-1986) and also was president of the American Federation of Teachers. He is credited with reforming education in New York. In 1965 Shanker marched with Dr. King in Selma, Alabama. King supported the 1967UFT strike in New York. Shanker opposed human injustice throughout the world, marching in support of Cesar Chavez, demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa and raising money for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Mississippi boycott case and for African famine relief.

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Invitation from the United Federation of Teachers to MLK

The United Federation of Teachers invite Dr. King to their annual Spring Conference Luncheon. At this particular event, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin will be honored with the John Dewey Award.

Letter from Frederick Koury and Albert Shanker to MLK

Various representatives of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City inquire if Dr. King would be able and willing to speak at their upcoming Spring Conference Luncheon. Bayard Rustin will be the guest of honor and will receive the John Dewy Award.

MLK Mail Log: February 19

This mail log for February 19, 1968 lists incoming mail for Dr. King. Correspondences include invitations, reports, financial and article requests, contributions, offers of service, and general unread letters.

Telegram from Bayard Rustin to MLK

Bayard Rustin informs Dr. King that Albert Shanker, President of the United Federation of Teachers, has been sentenced to fifteen days in jail. He requests Dr. King to contribute $5.00 towards the payment of Mr. Shanker's fine and for permission to state publicly that he has contributed.

Telegram from Josephine Jones to MLK

Ms. Jones, President of the Metropolitan Community Leaders, writes to Dr. King about Albert Shanker's stance on African American education.

Telegram from MLK to Albert Shanker

Dr. King expresses his full support of the United Federation of Teachers in their effort to improve their living and working conditions.

Telegram from UFT President Albert Shanker to MLK

Albert Shanker expresses his appreciation to Dr. King for his support throughout the tumultuous 1967 education crisis in New York City.

Western Union Telegram from Albert Shanker to MLK

Mr. Shanker, President United Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO, thanks Dr. King for his support during a teachers' strike.