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Reason and Faith

Dr. King writes a quote from William Spurrier's Guide to the Christian Faith.

Telegram from Senator Phil Hart to MLK

Friday, June 21, 1963
Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI

Senator Phil Hart of Michigan sends this telegram to Dr. King expressing his optimism about the eradication of segregation in America.

Anonymous Criticism of MLK's Stance on Vietnam

Tuesday, May 23, 1967
VIETNAM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C.

This anonymous letter writer feels that Dr. King's active stance against the Vietnam war takes away from his fight for civil rights. He includes a newspaper article that encapsulates Dr. King's views on the subject, and lists the reasons he feels that Dr. King is being unpatriotic.

Letter from E.G. Avery to MLK

Monday, December 9, 1963
Oklahoma (OK), Washington, D.C.

E. G. Avery commends Dr. King for his "I Have a Dream" speech from the March on Washington. Mr. Avery requests a copy of the full content of the speech because he had only partially heard the address on the radio.

MLK Remarks at The World March Toward Human Rights Luncheon

Thursday, May 28, 1964
Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Virginia (VA), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King addresses the 25th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Dr. King delivers remarks honoring the work of the Fund in combating the system of racial segregation and striving for human rights. He advocates the need for current civil rights legislation, but finds congressional hesitation frustrating and problematic. Referencing the 1964 Civil Right's Act, King is convinced that if the bill is not passed, the "nation will drift toward its moral and political doom."

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Winfred P. Buckwalter III to MLK

Monday, October 23, 1967
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, Wisconsin (WI), VIETNAM

Mr. and Mrs. Buckwater enclose a check for $500.00 that is intended to assist Dr. King in his efforts to stop the Vietnam conflict and help establish world peace.

Letter from David M. Wallace to Dora McDonald

Monday, February 6, 1967
Chicago, IL

David Wallace writes Dora McDonald and attaches contributions from Negro businessmen involved with Chicago's Operation Breadbasket.

Crusade For Citizenship

Texas (TX), Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Virginia (VA), Mississippi (MS), Tennessee (TN), Florida (FL), Little Rock, AR, Birmingham, AL, Montgomery, AL, Memphis, TN, New Orleans, LA, Tallahassee, FL, Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY

"Crusade For Citizenship," an initiative of the SCLC, illustrates the importance of Negro voters in the South. The brochure incorporates important facts to implement emphasis on how imperative the cause is.

Letter from Brigitte Horburger to MLK

GERMANY

Brigitte Horburger sends Dr. King a photograph of a black child and white child playing the piano together. Under the photograph it states, "To produce real harmony you must play both the black and white keys."

MLK Notes - Voting Issues and Strategies

North Carolina (NC)

These handwritten notes of Dr. King's, found on the back of a memorandum, focus largely on voter registration issues and strategies. Of interest is an item adjacent to the body of the notes remarking, "Daddy King has yet to understand non-violence."

Messages From Dora McDonald to Dr. King

Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, London, England, Atlanta, GA

Notes from Dr. King's secretary, Dora McDonald, detailing phone messages from key movement stakeholders and colleagues.

Letter from MLK to James Foreman

Thursday, March 14, 1963
Atlanta, GA

Dr. King informs James Forman of SNCC that the SCLC will not be able to "defray the cost of the litigation" concerning Bob Zellner. He explains that a recent benefit event did not raise as much money as expected.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

ISRAEL

The author objects to Dr. King's journey to Jerusalem with his followers. He also expresses his perception of the Negro race.

Letter from John W. Wydler to MLK

Tuesday, January 5, 1965
Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Congressman Wydler of New York responds to Dr. King's letter on the seating of the Mississippi delegation to Congress. Dr. King's letter, sent to several government officials prior to the vote, urges House Representatives to vote against the seating of the current delegation.

Letter from Robert Stark to President Johnson

Wednesday, October 18, 1967
Missouri (MO), Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI, Milwaukee, WI, VIETNAM, Dallas, TX

Mr. Stark sends the President his views on Liberty and Justice for All, calling programs designed to benefit Negroes a "farce," denouncing Negro lack of responsibility and claiming that it is civil rights not the Vietnam War that is expensive. He is upset that there is so much media focus on blacks and believes it is time to insist upon white rights.

A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart

New York, NY, EGYPT, ISRAEL

"A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart" by Dr. King discusses the importance of creating a synthesis of opposites and characteristics of one engaged in shrewd thinking with a loving spirit.

Letter from Samuel Bucholtz to MLK and Wyatt Tee Walker

Wednesday, November 27, 1963
California (CA)

The Temple Israel of Hollywood sends a contribution to the SCLC and praises Wyatt Tee Walker for his appearance.

Letter from Percival Ennis to MLK

BELIZE, HONDURAS

Percival Ennis, president of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in British Honduras, asks Dr. King if he is able to visit British Honduras and speak to his organization.

Check from the SCLC "Crusade for Citizenship" Program

Friday, December 31, 1965
Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Jimmy Wilson was issued this check from the Crusade for Citizenship organization.

Letter from Mr. Matthias Mirschel to MLK

Saturday, June 10, 1967
Berlin, Germany

In this letter Mr. Matthias Mirschel of Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin expresses commitment to Dr. King's stance against American intervention in Vietnam as well as integration for colored citizens. "We ask you not to cease with your endeavors...many people in the USA and all over the world hear your voice and support your campaign," writes Mr. Mirschel.

I Marched on Washington

Washington (WA), Louisiana (LA), Philadelphia, PA

Kelly E. Miller composed this poem for Dr. King as a tribute to the March on Washington.

Otherworldliness

Dr. King quotes the Epistle of Clement and Friedrich von Hügel's "Eternal Life."

Letter from C. B. Kelley to MLK

Tuesday, May 9, 1967
Ohio (OH), Massachusetts (MA), Cincinnati, OH, VIETNAM

C. B. Kelley shares his disagreement with Dr. King's statements regarding the Vietnam War.

Letter From Bernard Lafayette, Jr. to Dennis Brunn

Thursday, January 25, 1968
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI), Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL)

This is a memorandum thanking Mr. Brunn for his letter of support for the labor unions.

MLK Request from Princeton Committee for Negotiation Now

Friday, November 10, 1967
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Washington (WA), Oregon (OR), Colorado (CO), Denver, CO, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Louisville, KY, Michigan (MI), Detroit, MI, Missouri (MO), Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Mary Temple of the Princeton Committee for Negotiation, invites Dr. King to make an appearance at a fundraising event.

Letter from Mrs. R. K. Matthews to Mrs. King

Tuesday, April 9, 1968

This letter is from a middle class housewife who expressed her despair and frustration to Mrs. King in learning of Dr. King's assassination.

Letter from Melvin Kennedy to Mr. Ralph Helstein Recommending a Student Scholarship

Thursday, March 2, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL

Melvin Kennedy, Chairman of the Department of History at Morehouse College, recommends a student for a United Packinghouse Scholarship.

Answer to a Perplexing Question

Sunday, March 3, 1963
Atlanta, GA, South Africa, ISRAEL

Dr. King preaches about faith, based on Matthew 17:14-20, and applies it to the Civil Rights Movement. He defines faith as cooperating with God by surrendering to God's will so that His strength may act freely through us. He asserts that faith, intellect, and work must blend together.

The New York Herald Tribune Articles Concerning Vietnam

Friday, November 23, 1962
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM, FRANCE, ALGERIA

These copies of several news articles denounce United States military involvement in the Vietnam War.
The New York Herald Tribune claims the there is no formal program to inform the public about what is happening in Vietnam.
The Nation claims that the United States Army is being used to bolster a brutal dictatorship in an undeclared war.
The Washington Star carried an Associated Press report on children with napalm burns.

Problems of Whitehead

Dr. King discusses the problem of metaphysical dualism as presented by philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Dr. King reviewed much of Whitehead's work while at Boston University and later quoted him in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.