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Letter from Charles Szolyvai to MLK

Sunday, June 14, 1964
New York (NY), HUNGARY

Charles Szolyvai writes Dr. King requesting a meeting in an "effort to help you in your great fight for justice for all." Dr. King handwrites a response at the corner of the document stating his uncertainty of when he will be in New York.

Inauguration Response by J. Lynwood Gresham

Friday, November 10, 1967

This document is the inauguration response delivered by Dr. J. Lynwood Gresham of Barber-Scotia College.

Letter from Merle B. Foreman to MLK

Tuesday, October 11, 1966
Virginia (VA)

Merle B. Foreman is writing to Dr. King in hopes of receiving an autograph. She also encloses a self addressed stamped envelope.

Letter from Anton Marguleas to MLK

Tuesday, August 30, 1966
San Francisco, CA

Anton Marguleas, of the Paramount Export Company, writes Dr. King to express his views on democracy and human rights.

Sin

Dr. King quotes Blaise Pascal's "Pensees."

Letter from Harry Walker to Dora McDonald

Thursday, September 21, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY

Harry Walker summarizes a recent conversation he held with Dora McDonald, Mrs. Tobye Karl, and Particia Hederman that outlined the dates of future speaking engagements for Dr. King.

Letter from US Ambassador Findley Burns, Jr. to MLK

Monday, January 23, 1967
JORDAN, ISRAEL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

United States Ambassador Findley Burns writes Dr. King expressing his joy regarding King's upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Despite warnings due to Middle East conflict, Burns hopes that Dr. King will not cancel the trip. He sees the visit as an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the US and Jordan.

Letter from Arthur V. Hamman to MLK about Spirituality

Monday, June 19, 1967
Ohio (OH)

In this letter, Mr. Hamman lectures Dr. King on the concept of heaven and hell, asserting that there is no race, nationality, etc., before God.

Letter from David Morgan to Mrs. King

Friday, April 5, 1968
New York, NY, New York (NY)

David Morgan writes this letter of condolence to Coretta Scott King following Dr. King's assassination.

Letter from Bill Baxter to Harry Belafonte

Friday, April 12, 1968
Atlanta, GA

Bill Baxter, a public school arts teacher, addressed this letter to entertainer Harry Belafonte, following the assassination of Dr. King. The content of the correspondence expressed great admiration towards the work of Dr. King and the talents of Mr. Belafonte. Mr. Belafonte was a trusted friend and adviser of Dr. King, during the civil rights movement.

Religion

Dr. King quotes Ernest J. Chave's "A Functional Approach to Religious Education."

Letter from James E. Davis to MLK

Saturday, April 16, 1966
Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA

Rev. James A. Davis requests the assistance of Dr. King in his graduate studies focusing on pastoral care and race relations. Davis was recently appointed as the assistant pastor of the Carroll Street Methodist Church in Nashville and expresses distaste with the fact that there are no Negroes members in the congregation. Davis wishes for the Carroll Street Methodist Church to become more inclusive.

Letter from Govenor Nelson A. Rockefeller to MLK

Wednesday, September 5, 1962
New York (NY), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller encloses a copy of "The Future of Federalism." His book "traces the development of the federal idea in the United States."

Letter from Missouri Prisoner Melvin Shepard to MLK

Missouri (MO)

Melvin Shepard, a prisoner in the Missouri State Penitentiary, requests that Dr. King respond to his earlier letters. Shepard explains that Dr. King can help by sending "some young lawyers."

Letter from MLK to Dr. Milton Rokeach

Boston, MA, Michigan (MI)

In this letter, Dr. King writes to Dr. Rokeach concerning the involvement of social scientists and the civil rights movement. Dr. King encourages Dr. Rokeach to become actively involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Official Program of the Spring Mobilization

The following document is an official program listing the schedule of the Spring Mobilization on April 15, 1967.

Letter from Jerome S. Ozer to MLK

Thursday, May 18, 1967
New York, NY

Mr. Ozer informs Dr. King that his organization will be publishing "Eyewitness: The Negro in American History" by William Loren Katz, which covers the Negro in every aspect of American life. He then requests that Dr. King write an introduction for the book.

Mysticism

Dr. King quotes William Ernest Hocking’s “The Meaning of God in Human Experience.”

Telegram Invitation from President Johnson to MLK

Wednesday, June 22, 1966
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alexander sends this informal invitation to Dr. King requesting that he visits with the President of the United States.

Letter from Milton A. Reid to Mahalia Jackson

Sunday, October 20, 1963
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Virginia (VA)

Milton A. Reid, candidate for the Eighth Senatorial District, invites Mahalia Jackson to come and sing at the oldest Negro Baptist Church in America.

Letter from MLK to Rabbi Everett Gendler

Monday, December 2, 1963
New Jersey (NJ), Virginia (VA)

Dr. King thanks Rabbi Gendler for his significant contribution to the SCLC. He asserts that the financial contributions will aid in the SCLC's political and social agendas in Danville, Virginia.

Letter from Edmund Stinnes to MLK

Wednesday, December 9, 1964
SWITZERLAND, New York (NY), INDIA, GERMANY

Edmund Stinnes reports a recent visit with his and Dr. King's mutual friends Asha Devi and Dr. E. W. Aryanayakam along with news about other acquaintances. He also shares his excitement about an upcoming meeting with Dr. King. He closes by inviting Dr. and Mrs. King to vacation at his farm in Brazil.

SCLC Initiative Invitation: Poor People's Campaign Committee

Washington, D.C.

This recruitment letter is an invitation to volunteer for various committees to support the SCLC's Washington, D.C. initiative Poor People's Campaign. The committees cover areas from child care to fundraising and legal aid. The Campaign began in November 1967, but became bogged down due not only to Dr. King's assassination, but also that of Robert F. Kennedy's. The Campaign ceased operations in June 1968 but was resurrected in December, 2003.

Letter from Stiv Jakobsson to MLK

SWEDEN, FINLAND

Stiv Jakobsson expresses his wishes for Dr. King's well being due to the recent attacks against him. Various organizations in Sweden are engaging into an annual conference and are confirming Dr. King's acceptance to speak at the event.

U.S. Reds Fan Racist Flames To Stir Vietnam War Protest

New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, VIETNAM, New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN, Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

William F. Buckley, a conservative columnist, decries the involvement of Negro leaders such as Dr. King and Stokely Carmichael n a recent Vietnam War protest. He compares Carmichael with members of the Ku Klux Klan, and he also alleges Communist involvement with the protest.

Preliminary Outline for a Conference on Democratic Planning For America

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FRANCE

This preliminary outline features a number of keynote dignitaries and leaders who will address a number of economic, labor, and social justice issues during the three-day Conference on Democratic Planning for America.

Letter from Richard Allen to MLK

Wednesday, June 7, 1967
Montgomery, AL

Reverend R. Allen requests Dr. King's written contribution for a special issue of "The Leader" on race relations. "The Leader" is a Christian newspaper that is distributed in different parts of England.

The Witness: MLK Writes from Birmingham Jail

Thursday, June 27, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Texas (TX), Mississippi (MS), Montgomery, AL, Albany, GA

"The Witness" publishes the second part of Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." In this pivotal document, Dr. King expresses dissatisfaction with the white moderate and the white church regarding their silent stance on segregation and discrimination. He urges individuals to understand the delays, broken promises, and intimidation Negroes face to secure their freedom.

Letter from MLK to Robert Wagner

Tuesday, March 3, 1964
New York, NY

Dr. King sends condolences to Mayor Robert Wagner consequent to his wife's death.

Religious Education

Dr. King discusses the topic of religious education. King asserts that religious education should not become a substitute for personal evangelism and that "religious instruction without conversion is comparatively ineffective."