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Letter to Ralph Abernathy from Abraham Grinoch

Monday, April 22, 1968
New Jersey (NJ)

Rev. Ralph Abernathy received this letter addressing the issuance of war bonds to meet financial requirements during war emergencies. Grinoch proposes that the country issue "War on Poverty Bonds", to provide the funds necessary for eradicating poverty in the United States.

Letter from Miss Edythe T. Gore to MLK

Friday, November 15, 1963
Missouri (MO), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

The Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri donates $125.00 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Get Well Letter from Mr. David George Ball to MLK

Thursday, September 25, 1958
Connecticut (CT), Montgomery, AL

Mr. David George Ball, Chairman of the University Lecture Committee for the Yale University Christian Association, forwarded to Dr. King this get well letter.

Letter from Hugh Scott to MLK

Wednesday, April 28, 1965
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Tennessee (TN), South Carolina (SC), Arkansas (AR), North Carolina (NC), Connecticut (CT), Michigan (MI), Missouri (MO), Massachusetts (MA), Indiana (IN), Illinois (IL), Nebraska (NE), New York (NY), Hawaii (HI), Pennsylvania (PA), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Hugh Scott, U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania, assures Dr. King that he intends to support voting rights legislation and especially the proposal to eliminate the poll taxes instituted as a form of discrimination.

MLK Note Card - "God"

On this handwritten note card, entitled, simply, "God," Dr. King evokes an interpretation that would suggest the reverse of existentialism (existence before essence).

Looking Forward: The Montgomery Improvement Association, Inc.

Montgomery, AL

This pamphlet outlines the ten points the Montgomery Improvement Association uses to promote healthy race relations.

The Meaning of Hope

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), GREECE, TURKEY, Mississippi (MS), Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, CYPRUS, VIETNAM, NIGERIA

Dr. King delivered this sermon while pastoring Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. In spite of the existence of racial injustice in America, Dr. King maintains hope for equality, and reminds the church of their responsibility to "keep the flame of hope burning."

Letter from Kathy Sasso to MLK

New York (NY)

Kathy Sasso, a student at Public School 30 in Staten Island, New York, notifies Dr. King that her class read his "I Have a Dream" speech and named him "Person of the Week." Sasso also requests a copy of one of Dr. King's speeches.

Letter from Kathleen Reid to MLK

Monday, October 9, 1967
Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ), Detroit, MI

Kathleen Reed, the editor of Alert Catholic, writes to Dr. King enclosing the most recent copy of the publication. The Newsletter of the National Council of Catholic Men features a quote by Dr. King to President Johnson which stated "the conditions which you so bravely set out to remedy when you entered office" have not changed.

Letter from Roland de Corneille to MLK

Tuesday, November 3, 1964

Rev. Roland de Corneille of the Martin Luther King Fund of Toronto congratulates Dr. King for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from Phillip L. Girard to MLK

Wednesday, February 15, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

In this letter, Phillip L. Girard informs Dr. King of his intent to donate Girard College to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in the event of the Girard will being violated.

William James

Dr. King briefly discusses philosopher William James and his lectures entitled "The Variety of Religious Experience."

Anticipated Public School Desegregation in Southern and Border States

Thursday, August 22, 1957
Arkansas (AR), Kentucky (KY), Maryland (MD), Missouri (MO), North Carolina (NC), Oklahoma (OK), Tennessee (TN), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Louisiana (LA), South Carolina (SC), Texas (TX), Little Rock, AR, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, Dallas, TX, Norfolk, VA

This memorandum provides a list of schools and school systems expected to desegregate in September of 1957. The Southern Regional Council, Inc. also includes vital information concerning pending Negro applications for school admittance and schools actively involved in litigation.

Letter from L. H. Stibbards to MLK

Thursday, April 1, 1965
CANADA, Selma, AL, Alabama (AL)

Mr. Stibbards sends a donation and words of encouragement from the McMaster Divinity Student's Association. He assures Dr. King that their members are at Dr. King's service.

MLK Sermon Outline

Dr. King prepares an Easter sermon entitled "Why Death Could Not Hold Him." He references scripture passage Acts 2: 24. The date and place of delivery for this sermon is unknown.

Letter from EEOC Commissioner Samuel C. Jackson to MLK

Thursday, July 13, 1967
Washington, D.C.

Commissioner Samuel Jackson sends Dr. King a copy of the First Annual Report of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Letter from Mrs. William Wenger to MLK

Michigan (MI)

Mrs. Wenger pleads with Dr. King to never give up the fight for civil rights.

The Mainichi Newspaper to MLK

Tuesday, December 5, 1967
Washington, D.C., JAPAN

Aoki Shigeru, General Manager of The Mainichi Newspaper's Washington Bureau, requests an interview with Dr. King regarding the ending of the Vietnam War.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ralph Kates

Wednesday, October 4, 1967
Philadelphia, PA

Dora McDonald writes Ralph Kates on behalf of Dr. King accepting their invitation to visit St. Joseph College.

Press Statement: MLK Agrees to Moscow Trip Regarding Vietnam


This press release announces that Dr. King has agreed to join with other Nobel Peace laureates for a meeting in Moscow in early October [1967] with the Ambassador of North Vietnam and the Ambassador of the National Liberation Front regarding a possible Vietnam peace settlement. Dr. King will go with Fr. Georges Dominique Pire of Belgium, who won the Peace Prize in 1958. The mission is the result of a private Norwegian initiative with financial backing from the Norwegian government.

Letter to Mrs. King from Hon. C.P. Carter and James H. Beverly

Sunday, April 7, 1968
New Jersey (NJ)

This document was sent from the St. John Grand Lodge Masons of New Jersey, expressing their condolences for Mrs. King's tragic loss following Dr. King's assassination. The letter asks that God grant the King family peace, during their time of bereavement.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King quotes Albert Ritschl's "The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation" on the place Christ holds in Christianity as its historical founders.

Advertisement for Mrs. King's Upcoming Appearance

Atlanta, GA

This flyer serves as an advertisement for Mrs. Coretta Scott King's upcoming public appearance at the First African Baptist Church. Mrs. King wishes to honor every Freedom Fighter who was imprisoned during a civil rights demonstration.

Letter from Stephen Siteman to MLK

Monday, September 11, 1967
New York, NY

In this letter to Dr. King, Stephen Siteman encloses a letter that Norman Thomas wrote for the New York Times.

The Method of Personalism

Personalism is a philosophical thought that attempts to understand the unparalleled identity of human's in relation to nature. Dr. King references this ideology with a handwritten note.

Letter from MLK to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gates

Wednesday, July 24, 1963
Missouri (MO), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Dr. King thanks Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gates for their donation to the SCLC. He also tells them that the SCLC supports the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's "Committee of 100."

Unitarian Universalist Statement of Consensus on Racial Injustice

Friday, May 20, 1966

The Fifth General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association listed several laws adopted by the association. Some of the laws incorporate civil rights, demonstrations, voting rights, equality, civil disobedience, and discrimination in employment and housing.

Letter from Roselyn Silverman to Dora McDonald

Thursday, April 20, 1967
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Minnesota (MN)

Roselyn Silverman sends Dora McDonald a letter, with enclosed memorandum, in regards to a tentative itinerary for Dr. King's upcoming lecture.

Letter from Edward P. Blair to MLK

Monday, March 22, 1965
Illinois (IL)

Mrs. Edward P. Blair, Executive Secretary for the Evanston Council of Churches, informs Dr. King that two enclosed checks totaling $298.78 is a contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Letter from MLK to Cal David Gleaton

Thursday, December 2, 1965
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, California (CA)

Dr. King thanks Rev. Cal Gleaton for his letter in support of the work of the SCLC. Dr. King tells Gleaton that the letter was uplifting and that his contribution to the morale and the spirit of the freedom movement is mostly appreciated by the staff of the SCLC.