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Death of Dr. King

San Francisco, CA

This photo was taken after Dr. King's assassination and contains slogans in support for the fallen leader.

Telegram from Ralph Abernathy to William H. Oliver

Saturday, May 8, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI)

Ralph Abernathy informs Mr. Oliver that emergencies will prevent him from meeting the week of May 14th, and asks to reschedule for a later date.

God

Dr. King uses a verse from the Book of Nehemiah to illustrate God's faithfulness.

Job

Dr. King reflects on the purpose of suffering in the Book of Job and how Job deals with it.

Problem of Evil

Dr. King writes about the problem of evil according to the 10th chapter of Proverbs.

Letter from John Sayre to MLK

Thursday, July 20, 1967
New York (NY)

Mr. Sayre of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation thanks Dr. King for the autographed copy of "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Sin

Dr. King notes Niebuhr's definition of sin as the unwillingness to acknowledge the effect God has on one's existence.

SCLC News Release: Alabama Primary

Alabama (AL)

This SCLC news release lists African American candidates running for elective office in an Alabama primary.

Letter from MLK to Dr. William H. Allen regarding kind letter

Tuesday, October 15, 1968
New York, NY

Dr. King sent this thank you letter to Dr. William Allen for the prayers and well wishes expressed to Dr. King, as he recovered from a nearly fatal stabbing in Harlem in 1958. He also conveyed to Dr. Allen that he had been making great progress in his health and anticipated rejoining those working hard in the fight for equality.

Schleiermacher (Attributes of God)

Dr. King quotes Friedrich Schleiermacher's "The Christian Faith."

Telegram from Harry G. Boyte to Rev. John Papandrew

Florida (FL), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Harry Boyte expresses his happiness that Rev. John Papandrew will be working with the SCLC.

Letter from Ruth H. Bunche to MLK

Saturday, September 9, 1967
New York, NY

Mrs. Ruth H. Bunche appeals to Dr. King for his financial support for Inwood House, a support system for unmarried mothers. Enclosed is a brochure describing the program and its services.

Document and Material on the Child Development Group of Mississippi

Wednesday, September 28, 1966
Mississippi (MS), Jackson, MS, Pennsylvania (PA), Pittsburgh, PA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Colorado (CO), Tennessee (TN), Nashville, TN, Washington, D.C., Nebraska (NE)

This series of documents and materials on the Child Development Group of Mississippi contains multiple sections. Section One contains six letters, one telegram and one newspaper article praising the efforts of the CDGM and its staff.

Letter from Mary L. Rhett to MLK

Thursday, May 4, 1967
South Carolina (SC)

Mary Rhett writes Dr. King informing him that she has a very important matter to discuss with him regarding the civil rights struggle.

Letter from Bronx High School Student Paul Kylar to MLK

Wednesday, May 31, 1967
New York (NY)

Paul Kylar, a student from the Bronx, writes Dr. King to convey support for his plea for peace. Kylar mentions that he attended a peace parade and how elated he is to know that Dr. King works for all people and not just Negroes.

Letter from Bill Kunstler to MLK

Friday, August 9, 1963
New York, NY, Virginia (VA), Mississippi (MS), Baltimore, MD

Famed civil rights attorney William Kunstler states that this was the first time a federal court enjoined prosecution of contempt cases under a state injunction. He would like to use the same procedures in Mississippi.

Letter from L. Serron to MLK

Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL

L. Serron writes to Dr. King requesting materials on the Selma Demonstration and the March on Montgomery for class usage.

Letter from Kenneth Ives to MLK

Monday, August 28, 1967
Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA

Kenneth Ives writes a letter and encloses his research that could be beneficial to Dr. King. Ives studied the effects of various social policy efforts on individuals and on society in general.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Eugene Exman about MLK

Thursday, June 22, 1961
New York (NY), Missouri (MO)

Ms. McDonald writes Harper & Brothers executive to confirm receipt of his letter to Dr. King dated June 19, 1961 requesting a proposed timeline for the completion of a forthcoming book. Ms. McDonald reassures Harper and Brothers that Dr. King is adhering to the request and will take five weeks off to ensure completion.

Worship

Dr. King notes some characteristics and requirements of worship.

SCLC News Release

Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Albany, GA

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference issues a new release stating Dr. King's demands that the Department of Justice act immediately to halt brutal treatment and intimidation of Negro school children and parents in the State of Mississippi. Dr. King cites several violent and near violent incidents that have occurred in Mississippi during the month of October.

Letter from Larry Schneider to MLK

Friday, August 18, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ)

Larry Schneider informs Dr. King that he is available for assistance with "planning and implementing" Dr. King's efforts. He also offers his thoughts on a wide variety of issues affecting the American Negro.

Beyond Condemnation

Dr. King outlines a sermon entitled "Beyond Condemnation." He references the biblical story about a woman condemned to death by the Pharisees for adultery. Jesus commands "the person without sin to cast the first stone" as a lesson that all sins are equal and that no one should judge the flaws of others.

Memorial Service Flyer - Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General of the United States offered extemporaneous remarks on the death of Dr. King. He wrote, "What we need in the United States...is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our own country, whether they be white or they be black."

OEO Extends Contract with National Council of Negro Women

Wednesday, February 7, 1968
Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Louisiana (LA), Alabama (AL), GEORGIA

This press release from the Office of Economic Opportunity highlights a technical assistance program designed to stimulate home ownership among poor Negro women in the deep South.

Letter from MLK to S. P. Belcher

Tuesday, April 5, 1966
FRANCE

Dr. King express gratitude for the receipt of financial support during an event at the Palasis des Sports. In addition, Dr. King highlights the importance of the demonstration for international concerns of the French and American communities in Paris.

Retirement Speech from MLK to Dr. Benjamin E. May

Atlanta, GA

Dr. King honors Dr. Mays for serving as the President of Morehouse College as he enters into retirement.

Letter from Louis C. Blount to MLK

Friday, August 5, 1966
Michigan (MI), Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI

Louis Blount of the Great Lakes Mutual Life Insurance Company in Michigan encloses a check to the SCLC.

Letter from MLK to Richmond M. Rudden

Thursday, January 26, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King writes Richmond M. Rudden to decline an invitation to speak at Lafayette College due to upcoming non-violence workshops, voter registration drives and SCLC fundraising activities.

The Secular in Relation to the Holy

Dr. King quotes theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology." Dr. King's doctoral degree is in systematic theology from Boston University and his dissertation is on Paul Tillich. According to Tillich, secular and holy correlate and cannot act separately. Tillich states, "The holy embraces itself and the secular."