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Making the Best of a Bad Mess

In this sermon, Dr. King discusses the letter Paul sent to Titus while he was in Crete. According to the letter, Crete was a terrible place for Christians, and Titus may have been confused as to why he was left there. Paul wrote to him saying that he left him there to make the situation better for the other people there. That is how one makes the best out of a bad mess.

Letter from Harry Wachtel to Theodore Smith

Tuesday, January 2, 1968
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Wachtel informs Theodore Smith and Hosea Williams that they are in danger of breaking the terms of a loan agreement from The American Foundation on Nonviolence.

CORE List of 33 Lunch Counters With Unchanged Policies

Monday, February 20, 1961
Alabama (AL), North Carolina (NC), Arkansas (AR), South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Tennessee (TN), Georgia (GA), Texas (TX), Louisiana (LA), Virginia (VA)

This document is a CORE list of cities where lunch counter demonstrations have been ineffective.

Telegram from Robert F. Kennedy to SCLC

Monday, September 24, 1962
Washington, D.C.

On the occasion of SCLC’s Annual Convention, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy states that the country has made great strides toward the realization of SCLC’s goal of assuring the rights of citizenship to all. The Department of Justice has acted and will continue to act to protect the right to vote.

Telegram From the National Committee For Free Elections to MLK Regarding 1967 Sunflower County, Mississippi Elections

New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King requests a meeting with Attorney General William Ramsey Clark, to discuss the need for federal voting registrars to oversee upcoming elections in rural Mississippi counties. In these elections, Negroes will run as candidates for the first time in American history.

Letter from the South African Consulate

Friday, February 11, 1966
New Orleans, LA, Louisiana (LA)

The South African Consulate-General informs Dr. King that his application for a visa to enter South Africa is being taken into consideration. He informs Dr. King that he would be informed shortly of the decision regarding his request.

Problem of Evil Notecard

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines his views on the problem of evil. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verse.

Statements on Jobs and Poverty

Friday, November 6, 1964
New York (NY), New York, NY, Mississippi (MS), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King explains the relationship between violence and the lack of employment among young people. Dr. King also speaks of the Thanksgiving Fast for Freedom and its efforts to end poverty and hunger.

Social Philosophy

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology.”

Letter from Leonard Dorsey to MLK

Saturday, February 17, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

Leonard Dorsey requests Dr. King begin teaching the subject of Divine Retribution.

Letter From MLK

Tuesday, July 26, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Selma, AL

Dr. King regrets to inform some of the SCLC staff that they will have to cut back to their "normal capacity", while thanking them for their contribution to the organization.

SCLC Press Release About a Mississippi Political Rally

Thursday, February 8, 1962
Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

This press release describes a political rally of Negro voters in Clarksdale, Mississippi at which Dr. King spoke. It declares the need for voter registration and the possibility for Mississippi to have as many as five African-American congressmen in Washington.

The Ultimate Doom of Evil

Dr. King outlines a sermon entitled "The Ultimate Doom of Evil." The text is derived from a Biblical text, which states that one should not fret over evil doers because God is our vindicator.

James Meredith Article

Mississippi (MS)

A newspaper article describes an argument that occurred between James Meredith and a group of black deacons in the city of Canton, Miss. The argument ultimately led to Meredith stating "I can understand why so many Negroes have been lynched."

Announcement Flyer

This flyer to the public announces that W.S.O. and Dr. King will be holding a warm up rally.

MLK in Memoriam

Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania (PA), VIETNAM, Georgia (GA)

Following Dr. King's assassination, this tribute highlights King's life and the impact he had on the world. It includes a reading from "The Negro American: A Documentary History," an audio recording of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and his eulogy. test2

Outline of Our God is Able

Dr. King outlines his sermon, "Our God is Able." He plans to explain the good and evil in humanity and ensures his audience that through all, "Our God is Able."

Letter from Burt Nelson and Hilda Nelson to MLK

Wednesday, April 19, 1967
California (CA), Atlanta, GA

Burt and Hilda Nelson write Dr. King requesting five copies of his address of April 5, 1967.

Race

Dr. King references quotations from George-Louis Leclerc (Comte de Buffon) and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck concerning the creation of racial identification.

Letter from Mrs. Joan Kimmey to Coretta Scott King

Friday, April 12, 1968
New Jersey (NJ)

On behalf of the Baha'is in Teaneck, New Jersey, this letter offers condolences to Mrs. King for the recent assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Heartfelt sentiments express admiration for Dr. King's vision, dedication, and teachings.

Letter from Joan Kennedy to MLK

Saturday, July 18, 1964

Joan Kennedy thanks Dr. King for his support.

Statement Regarding the Passage of the Civil Rights Act, 1964

Dr. King gives a brief statement regarding the importance of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, 1964.

Meeting of Action Committee

Friday, March 22, 1968
New York (NY), New York, NY

Dr. King sends a meeting notice to members of the SCLC Action Committee. He also includes a list of reports to be prepared concerning the Washington Mobilization.

God

Dr. King contextualizes the speed of God.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Tuesday, April 25, 1967
New York, NY

In this letter from Joan Daves, Dr. King is informed that a check for $24.96 is enclosed. The check represents the permission fee for the use of an extract from "Stride Toward Freedom" by Macmillan Company.

The Urban Coalition's National Coordinators Weekly Report

Friday, December 8, 1967
Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI), New York (NY), New York, NY, Arizona (AZ), Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), Missouri (MO), Florida (FL), California (CA), Washington (WA), Pennsylvania (PA), Baltimore, MD, Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ)

This document contains The Urban Coalition's national coordinators weekly report. The report consists of a schedule of activities, a list of the Task Force on Educational Disparities members, and a list of the Task Force on Housing, Reconstruction, and Investment members.

Letter from J. T. Brooks to Dr. and Mrs. MLK

Monday, November 16, 1953
Montgomery, AL, Boston, MA, Alabama (AL), Massachusetts (MA), North Carolina (NC)

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church representative J. T. Brooks conveys the church's interest in considering Dr. King for the pastorate.

Letter from Thomas C. McGarth to MLK

Wednesday, September 22, 1965
Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Congressman Thomas C. McGarth writes to Dr. King concerning recent challenges surrounding the seating of the Mississippi Congressional Delegation. McGarth discusses his involvement with the voting process.

Letter from Ira Sandperl to MLK with Concerns of Supporting SCLC

Saturday, December 10, 1966
California (CA), Chicago, IL, South Carolina (SC)

Sandperl pleas with Dr. King to review and respond to his four point proposal, proclaiming that only then will he and Joan Baez continue to support SCLC. Sandperl criticizes SCLC for not being honest with it's coworkers, being unorganized, and self defeating. Sandperl wants Dr. King to convince him otherwise, but does not view the SCLC as being able to achieve social change from what he experienced at the retreat in South Carolina. Sandperl promises support if his proposal is adopted by the SCLC.

SCLC Brochure: This is SCLC

Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Albany, GA, Birmingham, AL, St. Augustine, FL, Florida (FL), Selma, AL, Tallahassee, FL, New York (NY), Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, Little Rock, AR, Cincinnati, OH, Nashville, TN, Memphis, TN, South Carolina (SC), Massachusetts (MA), Baltimore, MD, Mississippi (MS), Virginia (VA), Louisville, KY, North Carolina (NC), Maryland (MD), Tennessee (TN), Kentucky (KY), Ohio (OH)

SCLC outlines its history, achievements, initiatives and leadership in this brochure.