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War Paint Note Card

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines his views on war paint. 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 verses.

Letter from Mr. Richard V. Healy to MLK

Thursday, November 30, 1967
Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA, Massachusetts (MA), Georgia (GA)

In this 1967 letter Richard Healy, a student at the Boston University of Law, asks Dr. King for an interview "to conduct research into criminal responsibility of a subculture--the urban Negro."

Rural Negros Start New Program

Alabama (AL), Lowndes County, AL

This press release from the SCLC informs the public that the self-help program of education for seasonal farm workers in Wilcox County, Alabama has officially opened. Along with the help of the federal office of Economic Opportunity, the SCLC wishes to create hope for neglected rural families. Also, to make this program a success, the antipoverty agency funded about $250 as well as a federal grant of $300 to help in financing this project.

Social Ethics

Dr. King's references a chapter and verse from the biblical Book of Zephaniah. He notes that the passages concerning social phenomena such as infidelity, pride, selfishness and oppression are still "entirely up to date."

Letter from Bengt Bjerke to Dora McDonald

Thursday, December 10, 1964
Oslo, Norway, NORWAY, Stockholm, Sweden

Bengt Bjerke from the Legal Counsel of the Nobel Foundation informs Dora McDonald that a signature is needed for Dr. King's copyright assignment form for his Nobel Lecture.

City of Cleveland: Division of Housing Codes

Cleveland, OH

The City of Cleveland Division of Housing Codes lists the general maintenance requirements surrounding the local living environments. These qualifications specify premises must be free from infestation of pests and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. This is the responsibility of both the owner and occupant, and offense penalties will be enforced. Dr. King creates notes surrounding these codes, which involves the 14th amendment, Declaration of Independence and more.

Letter from Malsenia Armstrong to MLK

Wednesday, September 6, 1967
Atlanta, GA

Miss Malsenia Armstrong writes to Dr. King requesting help with a "Legislative Action Project" pertaining to Southern Displaced Teachers.

Letter from June Parker to MLK

Washington, D.C.

June Parker writes to Dr. King with much hesitation, stating that what she is going to say has been on her heart for a long time. Parker writes that she believes Negroes, such as herself, must be free in all aspects of life and not just a few areas. She writes she is not a fan of Dr. King's urging to vote Democrat, and alleges that the Democratic Party gave Dr. King $50,000 for his support. She further states Democrats are just getting their friends to be millionaires while slaughtering young men in their prime.

Donation Receipt

Thursday, January 13, 1966
Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA

This document is a receipt for a donation made to the Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc.

Telegram From Edwin Berry to MLK

Wednesday, October 14, 1964
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Edwin Berry congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Albany Movement Support Letter from MLK to Rev. Hugh Wire

Thursday, October 11, 1962
Massachusetts (MA), Georgia (GA), Albany, GA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King expresses his appreciation to Reverend Wire for his participation in the Albany Movement.

Letter from Ernst Ketel to MLK

Atlanta, GA, New Hampshire (NH), GERMANY

Ernst Ketel writes Dr. King expressing disgust with current political parties and ideals. He requests that Dr. King consider running for political office, preferably president.

March On Mississippi

Saturday, July 1, 1967
Mississippi (MS)

Florence Fyall describes a scene of violence on peaceful demonstrators in her poem entitled March On Mississippi."

Letter from Ellen G. Clarke to MLK about Information Request

Thursday, February 15, 1968
North Carolina (NC)

In this letter, Ellen Clarke, a student at St. Andrews College in North Carolina, requests the opportunity to meet with Dr. King and gather information about the SCLC, which she will then use in a school panel on religion and politics.

Hunger U.S.A.

Mississippi (MS), GEORGIA, Texas (TX), South Carolina (SC), Kentucky (KY)

This pamphlet outlines the necessity for intervention programs, like the National Council of Negro Women's pilot program, to combat the issue of malnutrition within the African American community.

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Yankowski to MLK

Monday, July 4, 1966
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Mr. and Mrs. Yankowski of New York inform Dr. King of their plan to open a museum for junior high students featuring Americans of great importance. They request a collection Dr. King's past articles and photographs to be highlighted in the museum.

Letter from the National Committee To Combat Nazism to MLK

Tuesday, June 6, 1967
Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY

Rabbi S. Burr Yampol, Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Nazism, sends Dr. King a resolution on civil rights that was passed at their fourth annual conference in Chicago. The resolution formally announces the organization's support of the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter of Appreciation to MLK from Mrs. A.M.Digilio

Friday, July 30, 1965

In this letter, Mrs. A.M. Digilio writes to Dr. King. Along with her expressions of appreciation, she admits to being one of the millions of whites who have "prayerfully" followed Dr. King's work. Mrs. Digilio states that Dr. King has been a voice to those of the "inarticulate working class", both white and black. She speaks of the unfortunate decline of morality amongst Americans and the necessary Christian might to rectify it. Mrs. Digilio further compares Dr.

President's Committee on Government Contracts

California (CA), Texas (TX)

In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the President's Committee on Government Contracts. This organization was created to ensure anti-discrimination compliance with any organizations affiliated with government contracts. This report highlights "Five Years of Progress" within the organization.

Letter from Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld to MLK

Thursday, March 8, 1962
Montgomery, AL, Cleveland, OH

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld writes to Dr. King asking him to participate in a "Social Action Forum," in Cleveland, Ohio.

Telegram from Rev T R Albert to MLK

Louisiana (LA), New York, NY

Rev. T.R. Albert, Pastor of Weslay Methodist Church, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sent Dr. King words of encouragment while he recovered in the Harlem hospital.

MLK's Recommendation Letter for Alan Wachtel

Pennsylvania (PA)

This original letter was handwritten and initialed by Dr. King for Alan Wachtel, who he was recommending for law school.

Letter from Carey Preston to MLK

Tuesday, May 5, 1964
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA

Carey B. Preston, Administrative Secretary for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., urges Dr. King to re-examine his schedule in order to address their convention during the summer of 1964.

Letter from Annalee Stewart to MLK

Monday, April 19, 1965
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania (PA), Selma, AL, Alabama (AL), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Annalee Stewart, Legislative and Branch Liaison for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, invites Dr. King to speak at the organization's fiftieth anniversary banquet. She provides a historic backdrop for the organization and explains its current focus on "Peace, Freedom and Bread."

Letter from Juanita Epps to MLK

Tuesday, March 23, 1965
New York (NY)

Juanita Epps sends Dr. King a check on behalf of the People's Community Church of Queens, New York. Epps acknowledges that their church doesn't have a huge congregation but they wanted to make their contribution towards justice and equality.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Apartment Complex

Wednesday, September 13, 1967
North Carolina (NC)

Ralph D. Abernathy informs Mr. J. Lafayette Morgan that he is unable to supply the information Mr. Morgan requested.

Letter from Clair M. Cook to MLK

Wednesday, July 1, 1964
Washington, D.C., Indiana (IN), Ohio (OH)

Mr. Cook, legislative assisant to Senator Hartke of Indiana, thanks Dr. King for his recent letter lauding Senator Hartke for supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Cook also recalls his and Dr. King's experience at Boston University.

Letter from Harold Bass to MLK

Tuesday, April 14, 1964
Washington (WA), Atlanta, GA

Tacoma, Washington native Harold Bass sends a contribution to aid in the work of the Civil Rights Movement. Bass, pastor of his own independent church, also forwards Dr. King a copy of their newsletter that promotes peace efforts all over the country.

Letter from Congressman Donald M. Fraser to MLK

Minnesota (MN), Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA), Denver, CO, Colorado (CO)

Minnesota Democratic Congressman Donald Fraser asks Dr. King to serve on the advisory board of the National Committee on Tithing in Investment (NCTI). Fraser reports recent successes in the area of open occupancy housing, such as a project in Boston that rehabilitates homes for low-income families, and a project in Denver that raises seed capital for "integrated cooperatives and other housing ventures."

Letter from TIME Magazine to MLK

Monday, January 8, 1968
New York, NY

James Shepley, publisher of TIME Magazine, thanks Dr. King for his editorial contributions to the magazine in the past year.