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Letter from a Weary Taxpayer to MLK

Atlanta, GA

A weary taxpayer writes Dr. King informing him that a 15 million dollar bond issue was passed to pave roads in Cobb County; however, blacks cannot buy property in the area. The writer is angered because Negroes still have to help pay off the bond through taxes and asserts that the case must be taken to federal court.

Biographical Sketch of James Bevel

Nashville, TN, Tennessee (TN), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Jackson, MS, McComb, MS, Greenwood, MS, Mississippi (MS), Albany, GA, Selma, AL, Chicago, IL

This one page biography summarizes the achievements of James Bevel, one of the founding members of SNCC. The biography highlights Bevel's involvement with civil rights drives in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, including the Freedom Rides and numerous SCLC action programs.

Conditions for Entering the Kingdom

Dr. King opens these sermon notes by discussing a child's behavior and actions. According to King, "a child has the inexhaustible capacity to forgive" and is inquisitive, honest, and open-minded. These are characteristics that adults should possess, which would help them gain entry into the Kingdom.

People In Action: The Complete Life

Saturday, April 27, 1963
Birmingham, AL, New York (NY)

Dr. King was in jail in Birmingham and unable to contribute his regular column to the New York Amsterdam News. The editors published these excerpts from a sermon he had recently given at Riverside Church on "The Dimensions of a Complete Life."

Letter from Pierre Servais to MLK

Monday, November 16, 1964
Atlanta, GA, FRANCE, BELGIUM

Pierre Servais informs Dr. King that his company will publish the French translation for the book "Strength to Love." He congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and invites him to be a part of various interviews in Paris and Brussels to promote the book.

Mr. Reed, Mr. Baldwin and Slums

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King writes a story pertaining to a Mr. Reed and Mr. Baldwin to describe the importance of keeping after one's soul.

Emergency Rally--Walk with Dr. Spock for Peace in Vietnam

New York (NY), VIETNAM

The following document is promoting a rally for peace in Vietnam. Dr. Benjamin Spock, among others, is scheduled to speak at the rally.

Man

Dr. King quotes Jeremiah 17:5 and suggests that “those of us who oppose humanism” might speak against it like Jeremiah did and provide a rational defense of theism.

Letter from Robert Friedman to Dora McDonald

Wednesday, February 28, 1968
Oregon (OR), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Robert Friedman, a representative of "The Forensic Quarterly," asks Dora McDonald to find out if another SCLC staff member can write an article about compulsory service systems for his publication.

OEO Moves to Aid Hungry Families in Seven States

Wednesday, May 3, 1967
Washington, D.C., Arkansas (AR), Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN)

The Office of Economic Opportunity initiates a new Food Stamp Loan program that will enable impoverished families to purchase "much needed" food.

Official Religious Representatives Attending MLK Funeral

Florida (FL), Los Angeles, CA, North Carolina (NC), New York (NY)

This document contains a list of official religious representatives who will attend Dr. King's funeral.

God: Attributes, Relation to World et.

Dr. King references numerous biblical scriptures on the attributes of God.

Letter from Gerald Feffer to MLK

Thursday, October 17, 1963
Philadelphia, PA

Gerald Feffer of Lehigh University invites Dr. king to speak at the university in the near future.

CIC Press Release: Hilliard to Head Catholic Testimonial for MLK

Wednesday, September 23, 1964
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), New York (NY), New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

The Catholic Interracial Council releases a statement announcing Raymond M. Hilliard as the Chairman of the 1964 John F. Kennedy Award Dinner. During the event, Dr. King will be honored for his leadership and dedication to the civil rights struggle. Hilliard, whom President Johnson named to the National Citizens Committee for Community Relations to advise on the implementation of civil rights legislation, called Dr. King's work "inspired and truly Christian" and said that the CIC was honored to celebrate him.

Telegram from Minsters of Operation Breadbasket to Robert E. Slater

Wednesday, November 22, 1967
Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD

The John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company is called to discuss racial discrimination. Ministers from Operation Breadbasket explain that they will commence an investigation to possibly eradicate the unequal employment practices of the company.

Schedule for Oslo Visit

NORWAY, Oslo, Norway, Atlanta, GA, London, England, FRANCE, Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN, KENYA

This document outlines Dr. King's twelve-day travel schedule to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Award. The itinerary includes various banquets, speaking engagements and meetings with individuals including the leaders of the British Council of Churches and the mayor of Oslo.

Telegram from Clarance L Carroll to MLK

Thursday, January 27, 1966
Chicago, IL

Mr. Carroll sends a congratulatory telegram to Dr. King. He also requests future correspondence.

Walk in Sympathy and Brotherhood

Monday, April 8, 1968
Atlanta, GA

This is the itinerary for the Walk in Sympathy and Brotherhood to Dr. King's funeral site. A group of bereaved citizens from Northeast Atlanta organized this walk to express human solidarity.

Letter from Theodore Brown to MLK

Tuesday, March 7, 1967
New York, NY, Washington, D.C., London, England

Theodore Brown, Executive Director of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, writes Dr. King to invite him to a meeting with members of the British Parliament to discuss the developing racial crisis in their country. This letter includes Dora McDonald's holograph shorthand in red ink.

Letter from the Children of Bulstrode School to MLK

Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL)

The Bullstrode School Children write Dr. King to inform him of their fundraising efforts with the sale of daffodils from their community garden in hopes that it will assist poor Negro children.

Letter from W.J. Hurt to MLK

Sunday, August 13, 1967
Oklahoma (OK), Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM

W.J. Hurts thanks Dr. King for his tireless efforts to call for an end to the Vietnam war. He notes that although he doesn't agree with Dr. King on most things, he definitely can stand with him on his position regarding Vietnam.

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.

American Education: Segregation, Northern Style

Arkansas (AR), Little Rock, AR, Louisiana (LA), New Orleans, LA, Mississippi (MS), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH, New Jersey (NJ), Connecticut (CT), Michigan (MI), Detroit, MI, Massachusetts (MA), Indiana (IN)

This article from American Education focuses on the problem of de facto segregation in Northern and Southern cities that results from discrimination in housing and contributes to further housing discrimination and minority unemployment. De facto segregation is as detrimental as legalized (de jure) segregation. The author provides an overview of efforts around the country to eliminate segregation in public schools and some of the difficulties encountered.

Lette from Eugene Blake to MLK

Tuesday, June 28, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Geneva, Switzerland, Mississippi (MS), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, GERMANY, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG, ITALY, CUBA, GREECE, INDIA

Mr. Blake informs Dr. King of his tentative schedule for the speaking engagement which, as Mr. Blake explains, will be broadcast all over Europe.

Letter from Lillian Smith to MLK

Thursday, July 7, 1966
Florida (FL), Atlanta, GA, SOUTH AFRICA

Lillian Smith, author of 'Strange Fruit,' writes Dr. King to tell of her current health condition. During this time Ms. Smith was battling breast cancer, and was hopeful she would recover. Smith requests Dr. King to visit upon her return home to Clayton County.

Letter from Charles Sherrod to Friends of SNCC

Saturday, July 22, 1961
Atlanta, GA, Tennessee (TN)

Field Secretary Charles Sherrod invites friends of the SNCC to an emergency meeting to outline the direction of the student and Civil Rights Movement. The meeting is to be held at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee which serves as a training ground for nonviolence and civil rights activities.

Religion

Dr. King quotes Borden Parker Bowne. The first name Gordon on the note card is incorrect.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mrs. H. Libby

Friday, September 8, 1961
New York (NY)

Dora McDonald sends Mrs. Libby a copy of Dr. King's sermon "Paul's Letter to American Christians." McDonald could not retrieve a copy of the address preached at the Riverside Church that Mrs. Libby requested.

A Gift from Mr. and Mrs. Digioia to MLK

Thursday, April 21, 1966
Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Michigan (MI)

Greta B. Digioia expresses how she and her husband have come to know Dr. King as a "symbol" of his race. She then offers Dr. King a one-of-a-kind gift.

Letter from John H. Scott to MLK

ISRAEL

John H. Scott writes Dr. King regarding his planned trip to the Holy Land. Scott expresses his admiration for Dr. King and seeks to join the tour.