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School of Youth for Social Service


The School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam aided in immediate war relief, as well as a long range of programs such as rural health & sanitation, agriculture, and illiteracy.

Board of National Missions Writes the Editors of the Washington Post

Monday, October 24, 1966
New York (NY), New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS)

George E. Todd, G. H. Jack Woodard, and Joseph W. Merchant send a letter to the Editors of the Washington Post regarding the Mississippi Action for Progress. They claim the organization is a tool for the destruction of the Child Development Group of Mississippi. Additional allegations are made that MAP was an instrument of the governor and legislature of Mississippi to stall school integration.

Letter from Donald Godbey to MLK Regarding Cooperation

Thursday, June 15, 1967
Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH

In this letter, Donald Godbey offers Dr. King various suggestions on how men and women of all backgrounds can join together in unity.

John Scotus Eriugena

Dr. King writes about Irish philosopher and theologian John Scotus Eriugena. He records a quote that states, "Authority comes from reason not reason from authority."

Telegram from Clark Macgregor to MLK

Tuesday, September 17, 1963
Mississippi (MS)

Clark Macgregor sends a telegram to Dr. King informing him of his vote against the dismissal of the Mississippi Challenge.

MLK's Statement on Current Electoral Politics


This is the draft of a statement that Dr. King planned to make, concerning the state of politics in America. Dr. King expresses his disappointment in that "the quality of some of the men elected makes a mockery of responsible government," and urges African-Americans to "lose faith in a shallow 'good will' that provides nothing."

Letter from MLK to Tharon Stevens

Georgia (GA)

Dr. King responds to Mr. Stevens' previous letter and commends his courageous efforts for implementing the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Statesboro. An application to develop an SCLC affiliate in Statesboro is also enclosed.

Letter from Mahalia Jackson Foundation Requesting Financial Support

Illinois (IL)

In this letter addressed to "Friend," gospel singer Mahalia Jackson requests financial support for the Mahalia Jackson Foundation, which helps deserving children obtain a higher education.

Letter from MLK to Richmond M. Rudden

Wednesday, October 27, 1965
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King defers an invitation to speak at Lafayette College until a later date.

Letter from David S. Tillson MLK

Friday, May 5, 1967
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Dr. Davis S. Tillson congratulates Dr. King on his statement regarding foreign policy.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Alan B. Campbell

Tuesday, August 13, 1963
Illinois (IL)

Dora McDonald responds to Alan B. Campbell's recent letter to Dr. King in which he requested a copy of the sermon "Paul's Letter to American Christians." McDonald informs Campbell that that sermon has not been published on its own, but Dr. King recently published the book "Strength to Love," which contains that sermon among many others.

Citizens Crusade Against Poverty: Policies and Programs

Tuesday, October 13, 1964
New York, NY

This booklet outlining the priorities, policies, and programs of the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty.

Letter from MLK to Dorothy O. Bucklin

Thursday, December 5, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Wisconsin (WI)

Dr. King graciously declines Mrs. Bucklin's invitation to speak in Green Lake, Wisconsin under the "auspices" of the American Baptist Convention. Mrs. Bucklin serves as Associate Executive Secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Society.

A Knock At Midnight

Sunday, August 9, 1964
Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), New York, NY, New Jersey (NJ), Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL

In a tape-recorded address to the Riverside Church in New York City, Dr. King compares the civil rights struggle to a parable from St. Luke. His sermon specifically tackles contemporary social issues such as segregation, discrimination, and the philosophy of nonviolence. In addition, Dr. King explores the role of the church in dealing with such problems.

Letter from Roy Wilkins to MLK

Thursday, March 16, 1967
New York (NY), Washington, D.C., New York, NY

Roy Wilkins invites Dr. King to an upcoming meeting of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King cites W. K. Wright's "A Student Outline of Philosophy of Religion."

Letter by William Castleman on Northern Marches

Thursday, August 11, 1966
Illinois (IL)

William Castleman, Executive Director for the American Federation of Senior Citizens, commends Dr. King on the effectiveness of the marches in the North and says they should not be abandoned. At the time this letter was written, Dr. King had led numerous marches in Chicago and other urban cities focusing on equal housing. The correspondence references the Founding Fathers and the Constitutional rights that allow peaceful solution of the nation's problems.

Press Release on Voter Registration

Monday, October 12, 1964
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Washington, D.C.

The purpose of this press release is to announce Dr. King's nationwide campaign to get individuals to vote in the 1964 presidential election. With sponsorship from the SCLC, Dr. King urges religious leaders to talk to their respective congregations to encourage voter registration. Rev. Walter Fauntroy, who pastored the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C., will lead the initiative.

Letter from Dr. D. F. Harris to MLK

Tuesday, May 16, 1967
Virginia (VA), Washington, D.C., Norfolk, VA, Richmond, VA

Dr. D. F. Harris asks Dr. King if he can participate in the upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He gives Dr. King the names of people who can be contacted for information about his background, including Dr. Milton Reid, pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.

Telegram from MLK to William Miller

Friday, February 16, 1968
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King writes Mr. William O. Miller, of the Concerned Teachers and Parents of Philadelphia, commending them for their efforts advocating for African-American education in their community.

SCLC Newsletter, July-August 1964

Wednesday, July 15, 1964
Atlanta, GA, Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), New York, NY, New Jersey (NJ)

This 1964 SCLC newsletter addresses nearly all if not all topics related to the Civil Rights Movement of the era.


Dr. King references Dewey and his view of evil.

King's Way Hurts Rights Movement

Washington, D.C., Massachusetts (MA), Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Mr. White, author of this article, argues that the political fallout from Dr. King's stance on America's involvement in Vietnam hinders the goals of the Civil Rights Movement.

People in Action: A Look To 1964

Saturday, January 4, 1964
Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King writes this article looking forward to the new year of 1964. He notes that all the activity and accomplishments in 1963 set the tone for what is to come in the following year. Though "the Negro as a community has increased his skills tremendously in quantity and quality," there is still much work to be done. King references the civil rights legislation that currently stands before Congress. Among other topics, he also states that there are efforts to broaden the power of the Negro consumer market.

Salute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, December 11, 1962
Mississippi (MS), Jackson, MS, Georgia (GA), Albany, GA, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, Montgomery, AL, Virginia (VA)

This program for "Salute to Martin Luther King Jr." features a performance by the entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. and an address by Dr. King.

Letter from Robert Lee Hill to MLK

Robert Lee Hill writes to inform Dr. King of the discrimination taking place in the United States Post Office. He then requests the help of the Reverend to put an end to it.

Telegram from Danish Students Association to MLK

Dr. King is invited to an Amsterdam Conference by the Danish Students Association.

Letter from Carol Thomas to MLK

Saturday, February 24, 1968
New York (NY)

Carol Thomas writes Dr. King to inform him that she is making a donation to help with the war on poverty. Enclosed with the letter is a $125.00 check. She also explains that she received one of King's books in the mail. Ms. Thomas further inquires of the purchasing and mailing information of books made to the public.

The Atlanta Board of Education

Friday, September 15, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Board of Education neglects to solve educational issues in the Negro community. There are protests and demonstrations from those who object to the disdain of action. Julian Bond purposes a course of action designed to educate, convince, and force action from the board.

Telegram to Dr. King Regarding "Camp In At the United States Senate"

Friday, October 27, 1967
Washington, D.C.

In this letter, Lucious President share his opinion about Dr. King's actions at the Senate. "A massive camp in at the United States Senate is contrary to God's teaching. You will not have God on your side."