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Housing for Negroes in Atlanta, Georgia

Wednesday, June 24, 1959
Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA

This document discusses the critical need of housing for Negroes in Atlanta, Georgia. The role of Atlanta Urban League and the federal Housing Administration in seeking housing for Negroes are discussed and unpublished Commission on Race and Housing reports are exposed that illustrate housing discrimination in Atlanta between 1945 and 1958.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Schedule with Publisher

Monday, May 4, 1964
New York, NY

Joan Daves provides details for the Monday, June 8th schedule that Dr. King's publisher would like to set up. The day starts off with the Today Show and ends with a cocktail party.

Letter from E.E. Adams to MLK

California (CA)

E. E. Adams relates his thoughts about the constitutionality of urban renewal.

SCLC Statement from Director of Communications

Monday, April 1, 1968
Memphis, TN

Tom Offenburger, SCLC spokesperson, releases a statement to the SCLC staff on future plans for the Poor People's Campaign in Memphis, Tennessee. Plans include marches and boycotts despite "brutal" actions on the behalf of Memphis police.

Letter from P. A. Riley to MLK

Wednesday, April 5, 1967
Ohio (OH), New York, NY, New York (NY), VIETNAM

A critic writes Dr. King a carefully constructed letter to share her view on his Vietnam War stance. As a widow of a late Korean War veteran, she claims that Dr. King's position undermines "everything that our fighting men, down thru the long, long, years, have fought and died for." The widow questions Dr. King's combination of civil rights and peace movement issues, and asserts "patriotism is one of the factors free men live and prosper under!"

Letter from George Russell to MLK

Monday, February 5, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

George Russel offers his support for any endeavor Dr. King would assign him.


Dr. King records a quote on religion from William Ernest Hocking's "The Meaning of God in Human Experience."

Campaign for a World Constitution Leaflet

New York, NY, New Jersey (NJ), Illinois (IL), New York (NY), SWITZERLAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, INDIA

This pamphlet announces a World Constitutional Convention to be held in Switzerland. Dr. King, who was among the signers of a "Call for a Constitutional Convention," is quoted in the leaflet stating that a world government would lessen tensions.

Letter to MLK from Paul Feldman

Friday, January 26, 1968
New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

Paul Feldman is writing Dr. King about the new release of Michael Harrington's pamphlet "American Power in the Twentieth Century."

Letter From Irving Neiman to MLK

Monday, October 18, 1965
Connecticut (CT), GERMANY

Irving Neiman offers his legal services to the SCLC for their work in the civil rights movement.

Project Director Job Specifications

Pittsburgh, PA

This document outlines the role of Project Director and contains notes on the specific responsibilities of the position.

MLK Press Conference Birmingham, Alabama

Saturday, November 4, 1967
Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR, London, England, BELGIUM, Washington, D.C., California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, VIETNAM

This document contains dialogue during a press conference in Birmingham, Alabama. The reporters asks Dr. King questions regarding plans for the Soviet Union, Washington D.C., and the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from Marvin Caplan of Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 6, 1967
New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

In a letter to the heads of various organizations, Marvin Caplan encloses information regarding the Crime Control Bill that was sent to all members of the State Judiciary Committee. The enclosure is entitled "A New Threat to School Desegregation."

Letter from Helen Marrow to MLK

Thursday, April 6, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, VIETNAM

Mrs. Marrow thanks Dr. King for his leadership and position on the Vietnam War. She also encloses a special composition dedicated to Dr. King for his commitment to peace.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rosa A. King

Thursday, July 12, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA), Pittsburgh, PA

Miss McDonald informs Rosa King that Dr. King will be unable to speak at Central Baptist Church.

Jesus: Humanity and Ethical Character

Dr. King lists verses from the New Testament on Jesus as an ethical character and man as sinner.

Telegram from Mr. and Mrs. Bartley to MLK

Brooklyn, NY

Dr. King was sent this telegram from a couple who had recently heard him speak, prior to his nearly fatal 1958 stabbing in Harlem.

Letter from Governor John Reynolds to MLK

Wednesday, May 1, 1963
Wisconsin (WI), Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL

Governor Reynolds requests Dr. King to speak at a Conference on Civil Rights in celebration of the centennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Letter from Joe C. Sullivan to MLK

Wednesday, June 10, 1964
Texas (TX), St. Augustine, FL, Florida (FL), New York (NY), New York, NY

Mr. Sullivan assures Dr. King of his and his wife's support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sullivan, a white Baptist, also expresses discontent over the number of prejudiced people within his race and faith.

Letter from Wyatt T. Walker to Hubert Jones

Monday, August 26, 1963
Massachusetts (MA)

Mr. Walker, SCLC Executive Assistant, responds on behalf of Dr. King to Hubert Jones regarding a "nation-wide project." Walker feels that the project would be premature at the moment and explains that his efforts locally would be valuable.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Crawford Johnson

Tuesday, April 5, 1966

Dr. King expresses thanks to Mr. Johnson for the international support as demonstrated by the success of the recent Palais des Sports benefit. MLK goes on to elaborate on the impact of "friends of the Movement" in far away places such as Europe.

Letter from Tori Bjerkmann to MLK

Tuesday, February 18, 1964
NORWAY, Oslo, Norway, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL

Tori Bjerkmann, the editor of PAX magazine, encourages Dr. King to visit Scandinavia for the benefit of the Peace Movement in Norway.

SCLC Northern City Tour

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ)

SCLC provides an organizational manual that outlines details regarding their Northern city tour. They are traveling to cities in the northern United States in order to assess social conditions and build relationships amongst civil rights leadership. The manual also provides tour dates and suggestions for organizing the tour.

Letter from Anwar Katib to MLK

Sunday, January 22, 1967

Anwar Katib, Governor of Jerusalem, writes Dr. King regarding his planned pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Katib assures Dr. King that he will be well-taken care of and shows sincere appreciation that he plans to visit Jerusalem.

Letter from Joseph A. Scahill to Mrs. King

Wednesday, April 10, 1968
Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD

Following Dr. King's assassination, Minister Joseph Scahill sent this letter of sympathy to Mrs. King. Minister Scahill mentioned, briefly, his participation in the 1965 Selma campaign with Dr. King and vowed to continue such work.

Jesse Jackson Gets New SCLC Assignment

Monday, November 21, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, South Carolina (SC), Illinois (IL), Georgia (GA)

The Chicago Daily Defender highlights Dr. King's appointment of Rev. Jesse Jackson as head of the Special Projects and Economic Development Department of the SCLC.

We're Ready to Guzzle It, But We Ain't Ready to Make It!

George S. Schuyler uses his weekly "Views and Reviews" column to voice his opinions about the lack of economic initiative in the Negro community.

Letter from Don DuMont to MLK

Sunday, October 24, 1965
Chicago, IL

Mr. DuMont expresses his disapproval of Dr. King's leadership of the negro race and the association of the movement with Christianity, because he seeks proof that Dr. King's movement is not "Communist-inspired." Dumont was an evangelist who ran unsuccessfully for a variety of political offices.

MLK Note Card - "Paint"

In this note card, Dr. King expresses his ideals and philosophical viewpoints on "...shin[ing] only for the life of imitative mediocrity."


Dr. King uses a series of scriptures from the Book of Psalms and I Chronicles to show God's abiding love and faithfulness.