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Letter from James K. Mbuguah from MLK

Wednesday, January 17, 1962
KENYA

James Mbuguah is a young boy from Kenya who has been accepted into John Hopkins University. James is contacting Dr. King because he does not have the finances to attend the school and would like to receive assistance.

Letter from Mr. & Mrs. Mills to Rev. Abernathy

Saturday, April 27, 1968
Texas (TX)

This letter from a couple in Austin, Texas is a "message of encouragement" to Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, recently appointed as the head of the SCLC in the aftermath of Dr. King's assassination.

Theology

Dr. King asserts that religion and theology must coincide with one another because, "religion without theology is blind; theology without religion is empty."

Note Explaining Reason for Coming to Los Angeles

Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Georgia (GA), California (CA)

This document explains that Dr. King came to Los Angeles at the invitation of major organizations and concerned individuals.

Freudianism

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr on the subject of Freudianism from "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Letter from M. L. Phillips to MLK

Sunday, October 22, 1967
Tennessee (TN)

In this letter, Mrs. Phillips writes Dr. King to inform him that she enjoys listening to him speak on the radio.

Gandharva Mahavidyalaya 18th Anniversary

Saturday, August 2, 1958
New Delhi, India

This pamphlet highlights an event being held at the Fine Arts Theater for an 18th Anniversary celebration of the "Gandharva Mahavidyalaya" music and dance ballet. Also included is a list of the board members responsible for the event, as well as information pertaining to the organization itself.

Letter from Robert Kennedy to MLK

Wednesday, December 4, 1963
Albany, GA, Georgia (GA), New York (NY), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy writes to Dr. King regarding a case of civil disobedience in Albany, Georgia. He discusses the boycotting of Carl Smith's supermarket due to Smith serving as a juror in the civil action case of Ware vs. Johnson.

Letter from MLK to Glenn Greenwood

Wednesday, October 23, 1963
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Dr. King responds to Glenn Greenwood's letter thanking him for his suggestion regarding the Pentagon directive "in relation to Armed Forces personnel participation in civil rights demonstrations."

At the Beginning of the Youth Leadership Conference

Friday, April 15, 1960
North Carolina (NC)

While speaking to the Youth Leadership Conference in Raleigh, NC, Dr. King elaborates on the student sit-in movements, which he says served as a representation of the plight of the American Negro regarding their struggle for justice. Dr. King further lists the various details of their strategy for victory.

Letter from Lula Belle Williams to Dr. and Mrs. King

Tuesday, November 28, 1967
Birmingham, AL

Lula Williams writes Dr. and Mrs. King seeking help to pay her rent before she is evicted.

Convocation on Equal Justice Under the Law

Thursday, May 28, 1964
New York (NY), New York, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Albany, GA, Virginia (VA), Mississippi (MS), Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL, INDIA, INDONESIA, GHANA, BRAZIL

This is a transcript of remarks made by Dr. King at the Convocation on Equal Justice Under Law, sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on May 28, 1964.

Letter from the Student Christian Movement in Uppsala, Sweden

Wednesday, October 28, 1964
SWEDEN

Bolennart Andersson, President of the Student Christian Movement in Uppsala, Sweden, sends a congratulatory letter and an invitation to Dr. King to speak to their student union.

Letter from MLK to Rev. E. Wayne Roberts

Sunday, January 3, 1965
Washington (WA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King writes Rev. E. Wayne Roberts in support of his fellow friend and SCLC Co-Founder Rev. C. K. Steele, Jr. He notes Rev. Steele as "a thorough and competent pastor" that exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Letter from Kenyan Student to MLK

Monday, March 5, 1962
PUERTO RICO, KENYA

A student writes Dr. King expressing support for his movement and social views in regards to Civil Rights.

Draft Letter from MLK to Mr. Smith

Dr. King writes Mr. Smith thanking him for his contribution to the SCLC. He expresses that contributions help American Negroes to "continue in the struggle for freedom and equality."

Letter from Frederick E. Wallin to MLK

Sunday, March 1, 1964
West Virginia (WV)

Frederick E. Wallin, of Alderson-Broaddus College, invites Dr. King to debate Fulton Lewis III. The debate will be sponsored by the Young Americans for Freedom. Television and radio coverage will also be available.

Joan Daves Informs MLK of a Proposal to Print the Speech from the March on Washington

Friday, October 23, 1964
New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Washington (WA)

Joan Daves negotiates with John Avirgan on the royalty percentage for the rights to sale hand-lettered versions of the Speech from the March on Washington.

Letter from Dr. Benjamin E. Mays to Dr. and Mrs. King

Monday, February 11, 1963
Atlanta, GA

Benjamin E. Mays invites Dr. and Mrs. King to the Founder's Day Banquet at Morehouse College.

Letter from Raphael Gould to Coretta Scott King

VIETNAM

Mr. Gould of the Fellowship of Reconciliation sends Mrs. King a compilation of writings about and by Phan Thi Mai, a Vietnamese student who self-immolated on May 16, 1967 in an appeal to end the war in Vietnam. Mai "decided to burn herself to make her voice heard by the war."

Letter from Paul Verghese to MLK

Friday, October 21, 1966
SWITZERLAND, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Texas (TX), Dallas, TX, Missouri (MO), Kansas (KS), SWEDEN, South Africa

Father Verghese requests Dr. King provide a written statement regarding what spiritual resources he draws upon, to cope with the constant threat from elements of American Society, and how he uses this as a basis for his position on nonviolence.

Letter from Susan Drubin to SCLC

Florida (FL)

Ms. Drubin desires to make a monetary contribution to the SCLC to continue the work of Dr. King. As such, she writes to obtain more information about the procedures for contributing a percentage of her annual salary. She finalizes her letter by noting that she is taking a speech course in which she hopes to use the information sent to her to draft a speech.

Self

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology.”

Letter from Helen Marrow to MLK

Thursday, April 6, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, VIETNAM

Mrs. Marrow thanks Dr. King for his leadership and position on the Vietnam War. She also encloses a special composition dedicated to Dr. King for his commitment to peace.

Letter of Support to MLK

Saturday, November 12, 1966
JAMAICA, CANADA

In this letter, a supporter of Dr. King writes to let him know of how good of a job that they feel he his doing.

MLK's Statement on Church Bombing in Leesburg, GA

Wednesday, August 15, 1962
Georgia (GA)

MLK expresses his clear disgust with the actions of the civil rights resisters, denouncing their bombing of a local church.

Invitation to SCLF Celebration from MLK

Tuesday, October 24, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King sent this telegram to 30 prominent members of the Philedelphia community, inviting them to join the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation in presenting the Star for Freedom to Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, and Signey Poitier.

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Eugene Sands

Thursday, July 30, 1964
New York (NY)

Dr. King writes Mrs. Eugene Sands to thank her for her financial contribution to the SCLC.

Letter from Edna Hedrick to MLK

Sunday, November 8, 1964
Michigan (MI)

Edna Hedrick, writing on behalf of the Ypsilanti, MI, branch of the NAACP, congratulates Dr. King for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Preaching

Dr. King quotes Samuel Arthur Devan's "Ascent to Zion."