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Letter from A High School Student

A white high school student writes Dr. King to encourage the continuation of demonstrations to free the Negro people.

God (His Infinity)

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology" on the finite and infinite.

Letter from Martha Roberts to MLK

Tuesday, April 25, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA), VIETNAM

Martha Roberts, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, chastises Dr. King for leading marches and speaking against the war in Vietnam. She expresses to Dr. King that his focus should be on teaching "your people" to learn trades, enhance education and accept gradual change.

Letter from Bret Harte Junior High School to MLK

Tuesday, October 3, 1967
California (CA)

The eighth grade class from Bret Harte Junior High School writes to Dr.King to inquire about his opinion on race relations. The students expressed that they believed that Negros deserve equal rights.

Letter from Henry J. Dillon to MLK

Saturday, August 20, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL

Henry Dillon, Vice President of Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union, writes Dr. King. He states, "as long as you choose to support the discredited program and philosophy of this Local...I cannot support- or ask my members to support your organization."

Letter from Robert Way to MLK

Tuesday, April 25, 1967
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA

Robert Way, Chairman of the Hadley Executive Committee, writes to correct a misunderstanding regarding restrictions on the contents of a lecture Dr. King is scheduled to deliver. Mr. Way assures Dr. King he has the freedom to express what he feels is important.

Sin

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

Letter from Stanley Becker to MLK

Wednesday, November 4, 1964
New York, NY

Stanley Becker, the principal at the Amsterdam School in New York, congratulates Dr. King for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from L. M. McCoy to MLK

Thursday, February 23, 1967
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, New York, NY, BRAZIL

The Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, on behalf of the Methodist Church of Brazil, invites Dr. King to speak at the centennial celebration of Methodist missionary work in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. McCoy also provides a brief history of the Methodist Church of Brazil.

Letter from MLK to W. Russell Chapman of the NAACP

Thursday, February 1, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King declines an invitation to speak from the York County NAACP.

Letter to Rev. Malcolm Calhoun to MLK

Monday, January 29, 1968
Virginia (VA)

Dr. King appreciates Rev. Calhoun's concern for the SCLC and the mission the organization has for the creating equality. Dr. King then explains how other programs offer contributions to the SCLC so that they may continue to engage in education, voter registration, economic development, and training of ministers for urban ministries.

Information about Poor People's Campaign

VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., New York (NY), New York, NY

The Poor Peoples Campaign asserts that it will demand decent jobs and income for poor Americans of all races and ethnicities. Furthermore the Campaign vows to address constitutional and moral rights, along with the rights of exploited immigrants.

Letter from MLK to Paul Madsen

Friday, November 29, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King informs Reverend Paul O. Madsen that he does not have availability to work for the Home Missions Societies of the American Baptist Convention because he is very busy with the civil rights struggle.

Letter from V.R. Hardy to MLK

Pennsylvania (PA)

V.R. Hardy lectures Dr. King regarding his methods of obtaining equality. He asserts that such methods will only result in a race of people wallowing in self-pity. Hardy cites the long-term oppression of Jews as a case in point of how to overcome the tragedies of the past.

Race Relations Sunday

Sunday, February 13, 1955
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America writes a message regarding race relations. The message discusses God's stance on prejudice and racism, stating that any prejudice act is against the will of God.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Dean Rhoda Dorsey of Goucher College

Friday, June 26, 1964
Baltimore, MD

Dora McDonald conveys Dr. King's delight in knowing that Dean Rhoda Dorsey of Coucher College will include "Letter from Birmingham Jail" on their school's reading list. She urges Dean Dorsey to purchase Dr. King's recent book "Why We Can't Wait," which contains the full text of the letter.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ernest Shaefer

Wednesday, May 11, 1966
Pennsylvania (PA), Atlanta, GA

Dora McDonald writes Ernest Shaefer on behalf of Dr. King to inform him that Dr. King will write him regarding his invitation in the future. She also asks Mr. Shaefer to inform them of the exact date of the meeting and travel expenses for Dr. King and his associate.

Letter from Roland Gammon to MLK

Friday, December 20, 1963
New York, NY

Roland Gammon requests an interview with Dr. King for a sequel to Faith Is A Star, a book about the role faith has played in the lives of prominent Americans. The sequel will focus on world leaders.

Letter from Floyd Henderson to MLK

Saturday, February 3, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA), Florida (FL)

Floyd B. Henderson informs Dr. King that he supports African Americans as a whole. He proceeds to ask him to help elect Richard Nixon for President.

Letter from Dora McDonald to L. H. Horace Perera

Thursday, May 26, 1966
SWITZERLAND, Atlanta, GA, Geneva, Switzerland

Dora McDonald responds to a letter of recent date from Mr. L. H. Perera regarding an invitation for Dr. King to speak at an event. McDonald states the Dr. King is out of town and will respond once he arrives.

Man

Dr. King quotes Pascal's "Pensees" in this excerpt that focuses on man's greatness.

Sin

Dr. King quotes two verses from the book of Leviticus.

Letter from Rachel Davis DuBois to MLK

Monday, August 29, 1966
New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Ms. Dubois writes to Dr. King regarding the strategy of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches. She believes that a change in attitude of whites, so that they desire to work with "Americans of darker complexion" should be a part of this strategy.

Letter From Emma Kramer to Dora McDonald

Thursday, October 28, 1965
Chicago, IL, Michigan (MI)

Emma Kramer writes Dora McDonald concerning a cancelled contract for Dr. King. Kramer emphasizes how imperative it is for a letter to be written on Dr. King's behalf providing an explanation as to why he is unable to fulfill his commitment.

Letter from Cornelius E. Gallagher to MLK

Tuesday, January 12, 1965
New Jersey (NJ), Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Atlanta, GA

Congressman Gallagher of New Jersey writes Dr. King to confirm reception of his telegram in which he urges House Representatives to vote against the seating of the Mississippi Delegation. The Mississippi Congress was seated despite Congressman Gallagher's vote against the action.

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 H. Robert Gemmer to MLK

Thursday, December 1, 1966
New York (NY)

The Rev. H. Robert Gemmer, of the Utica Area Council of Churches, donates one share of Commonwealth Life Insurance Company stock to Dr. King in support of the SCLC.

God's Omniscience

Dr. King references the Biblical Book of Psalms regarding God's omniscience. King notes that God knows everything before it is even done. This, however, does not have an effect on human free will.

Letter from Debby Swichkow and Michael Goldberg to MLK

Friday, March 10, 1967
Georgia (GA), Wisconsin (WI), Milwaukee, WI

This is a letter from Debby Swichkow and Michael Goldberg to Dr. King inviting him to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish Seminar on Negro-Jewish relationships.

Individualization and Participation

Dr. King records notes on the individualization and participation of man.