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Social Ethics

Dr. King cites a scripture that deals with the topic of social ethics.

Telegram from the Church of Sweden to MLK

Tuesday, March 3, 1964
Stockholm, Sweden

The Church of Sweden invites Dr. King to take part in a great church event in the fall of 1964. The church assures Dr. King that all expenses will be paid for his travel and the archbishop of Sweden will provide him with the official invitation letter.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Thursday, April 6, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Joan Daves informs Dr. King that Jespersen Og Pios Forlag has made an offer for the Danish language rights to "Strength To Love." Enclosed are agreements signed by Jespersen Og Pios Forlag.

Transcript of Press Conference on Hotel Restaurant Desegregation

Atlanta, GA

Dr. King states in this 1962 press conference that he sees integration of Atlanta hotels and restaurants as imminent. With the exception of Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina, civil rights are progressing throughout the South. The many groups working on the issue are working toward a common goal and using a variety of strategies, including direct action, litigation, legislation, and education.

Theology

Dr. King quotes William Ernest Hocking's "The Meaning of God in Human Experience."

Justice in Mississippi

Mississippi (MS)

Dora McDonald records notes by Dr. King concerning an unjust ruling in Mississippi. He claims that more legislation is needed to enable the federal courts to prosecute these crimes.

Letter from MLK to Bryan Fulks

Saturday, March 31, 1962
Arizona (AZ)

Dr. King thanks Bryan Fulks for sending him a copy of "The Humanist" magazine.

Newsday: Poor Listeners

Tuesday, November 15, 1966
New York (NY), VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ)

The writer issues an indictment of the current Presidential administration for its failure to listen to others' views of the situation in Vietnam.

Letter from John B. Morris to Alfred Hardman

Wednesday, July 3, 1963
Atlanta, GA

The Executive Director of the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity writes the Lovett School Board of Trustees regarding the decision not to accept Negroes. Reverend John Morris informs Reverend Alfred Hardman that the church does not agree with the decision and will protest it. Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King III was one of the students not admitted into the school.

SCLC Launches Chicago Political Drive

Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS)

The SCLC releases a statement regarding the launching of a Chicago Political Drive, sponsored by the SCLC and the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations. SCLC Southern Project Director, Hosea Williams, will head the campaign. The focuses of this campaign are voter registration and education.

Sin (Augustine's definition)

Dr. King records a note on St. Augustine's definition sin, referencing passages from Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation," volume 1: "Human Nature."

Letter from T. Z. Riggins to MLK

Sunday, July 26, 1964
Washington (WA)

T. Z. Riggins writes Dr. King a thoughtful letter commending his leadership and the influence he brings to America. Aside from Abraham Lincoln, Riggins views Dr. King as the only leader who can bring people together. Riggins believes that Dr. King's job was assigned to him by God and expresses his pride that Dr. King was chosen to "lay the foundation" for the US.

Letter from Peter Mullin to MLK

Tuesday, February 6, 1968
Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM

Peter Mullin of the Gold Key Society of Boston College writes Dr. King informing him of being awarded the Gold Key Award.

Letter from W. Ivan Hoy to MLK

Sunday, January 20, 1963
Florida (FL)

W. Ivan Hoy, on behalf of the University of Miami, invites Dr. King to be a guest lecturer for their Miami Religion Lecture Series.

Anonymous Support for MLK

Sunday, October 30, 1960

An anonymous individual expresses his or her support and concerns about Dr. King's affiliation with presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.

The State of Alabama - Equal Administration of Justice

Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C.

This document addresses issues of discrimination in the South, particularly in Alabama, by state and federal institutions since the Republican Compromise of 1877. The document outlines a response to the many forms of discrimination occurring.

The Practical Value of Religion

Dr. King writes about Albrecht Ritschl's views on the practical value of religion.

Aristotle

Dr. King cites Aristotle's ideas regarding matter and form.

Judgement or Justice

Dr. King quotes a book entitled "Sea Dreams," by Alfred Lord Tennyson, regarding judgement and justice.

Christ

Dr. King quotes Albert Knudson's thoughts about how the disciples viewed Jesus Christ.

"Question of Credibility"

Sunday, October 16, 1966
Mississippi (MS), New York (NY)

In this article, the author highlights and questions the credibility of The Child Development Group, which was created to assist in educating the youth of Mississippi.

Hosea

Dr. King writes notes regarding the prophet Hosea and his views of God.

SCLC Answers Attorney General Cook

Friday, August 16, 1963
Atlanta, GA

Mr. Clayton releases a statement concerning accusations made against Dr. King. In the statement, Georgia Attorney General Eugene Cook states that Dr. King refused to give him information him concerning a known communist named Jack O'Dell. Dr. King confirms that he has, in fact, cooperated with Cook and that O'Dell no longer works for the organization.

Dr. Abernathy Selected for World Peace Mission

Friday, December 29, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, INDIA, New Delhi, India, New York (NY), New York, NY, Montgomery, AL, SWITZERLAND, Geneva, Switzerland, ITALY, TURKEY, ISRAEL, VIETNAM, JAPAN, Tokyo, Japan, Hawaii (HI), California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH, Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference announces that Ralph D. Abernathy and his wife will embark on a world-wide mission for peace. Abernathy will serve as a delegate to the International Inter-religious Symposium on Peace.

Western Union Telegram from Mr. and Mrs. Count Basie to Dr. King

New York (NY)

Famous jazz musician, Count Basie and his wife Catherine, sent Dr. King this Western Union telegram, following Dr. King's nearly fatal 1958 stabbing in Harlem. The Basie family, offered Dr. King any assistance he may have needed during his recovery.

Notecard Written by MLK Regarding "The Bible"

This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verses.

Letter from Randolph Blackwell to Greene, Ayers, Swigert & Cluster

Thursday, March 31, 1966
Florida (FL)

Randolph T. Blackwell responds to the gentlemen of Greene, Ayers, Swiger & Cluster concerning a previous issue.

Letter from Daniel B. Brewster to MLK

Wednesday, April 28, 1965
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Senator Daniel B. Brewster writes Dr. King to thank him for urging his support for the elimination of the poll tax.

Letter from MLK to Ellis Pinkston

Friday, January 19, 1968
Chicago, IL

Dr. King expresses his gratitude to Mrs. Ellis Pinkston for her support. He also extends gratitude on behalf of Mrs. King.

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.