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Non-Violent Procedures to Inter-Racial Harmony

Tuesday, October 16, 1956
New York (NY)

In this early speech to a NY Universalists' convention, Dr. King lays out his nonviolence method, based on Gandhi's. He outlines five of the six principles he will use later. They are: active, courageous resistance; winning the moral conversion of the opponent, not defeating him; attacking the forces of evil, rather than the persons doing evil; using love to avoid "internal violence of the spirit"; and faith in the inclination of the universe towards justice.

Doctrines

Dr. King records a definition of the word "doctrine."

Letter from Horace Sheffield to MLK

Saturday, September 23, 1961
Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL

Mr. Sheffield sends Dr. King a press release that discusses a Trade Union Leadership Council telegram to Dr. J.H. Jackson in response to his remarks regarding Dr. King and the Freedom Movement.

Waste in Foreign Aid

Sunday, February 19, 1967
New Jersey (NJ), BRAZIL, Washington, D.C.

Irene M. Kashmer suggests Dr. King address the issue of wasted foreign aid in his march on Washington. She encloses a New York Times article from February 15, 1967 to emphasize her point.

Robert F. Thorne's Response to the SCLC

Tuesday, July 11, 1967
California (CA), VIETNAM, NORTH KOREA, CONGO / ZAIRE

Robert F. Thorne expresses his commitment to the civil rights cause, but will discontinue his financial contributions to the SCLC due to Dr. King's statements regarding the Vietnam War.

Letter from Ralph J. Bunche to MLK

Thursday, October 15, 1964
Oslo, Norway

Ralph Bunche inquires if Dr. King and his wife will be available for lunch and dinner with himself and members of the United Nations before leaving for Oslo.

Letter from MLK to Kathy Sasso

Monday, April 27, 1964
New York (NY)

Dr. King shares his pleasure in being named "Person of the Week" by Miss Sasso's class. He encloses a copy of one of his speeches.

Fred M. Holt, Jr. Asks MLK to Suggest A Member of the Senior Citizens Commitee

Monday, May 27, 1963
Texas (TX)

Fred H. Holt, Jr., Chairman of the Annual Meeting Committee for the Houston Council on Human Relations, writes Dr. King asking him to recommend someone on the Senior Citizens Committee to serve as the speaker for a banquet.

Letter from Anne Jewett to MLK

In this letter dated May 5, 1967, Jewett informs King of her song. Let There Be Peace. Jewett believes that this simple song is what churches and peace marchers need, so that they can be heard. She has given the song to King in hopes that the people everywhere will be able to sing out.

Letter from J.W. Augustus to Ralph Abernathy

Monday, April 29, 1968
Louisiana (LA)

The Ad Hoc Committee for Good Government of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, issued this letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy requesting his assistance. Director of Political Action for the committee, J. W. Augustus, informed Rev. Abernathy of attempts by white city parish commissioners to buy the votes belonging to Negro political organizations.

"I, Too" by Jerry Peace

Alabama (AL)

This document displays the poem "I, Too" by Jerry Peace

Letter from Ralph J. Bunch to Raphael Gould

Thursday, May 13, 1965
New York (NY)

Though Ralph J. Bunche agrees with the "Unique Value and Importance of Education for Peace", he is unsure to the effectiveness of the principle.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Thursday, April 27, 1967
New York, NY

Joan Daves reminds Dr. King of her request for an available copy of his "doctors dissertation", for possible national and international publication.

Telegram from the James A. Bailey Family to MLK

Monday, September 22, 1958
Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), New York (NY), New York, NY

The James A. Bailey family offers its prayers for Dr. King's recovery.

Letter from Burke Marshall of the Department of Justice to MLK

Monday, April 13, 1964
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall informs Dr. King that the Department of Justice is investigating the assault upon Reverend Paul Chapman.

Letter from Sam Massell Jr. to MLK

Thursday, November 19, 1964
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Sam Massell Jr., President of the City of Atlanta Board of Aldermen, congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from J. P. Brookshire to MLK

Texas (TX), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM

J. P. Brookshire supports Dr. King's desire for equality and justice, but is critical of the methods by which Dr. King uses to obtain these goals. He also criticizes Dr. King's stand on the conflict in Vietnam and the draft.

Telegram from John P. O'Rourke to MLK

Thursday, March 28, 1968
Atlanta, GA, New Jersey (NJ)

John P. O'Rourke writes Dr. King to express his support of the Southern Baptist Convention.

One Vote for Every Man: Civil Rights Act

Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Montgomery, AL, Selma, AL, North Carolina (NC), Mississippi (MS), Albany, GA, Georgia (GA), St. Augustine, FL, Florida (FL), Texas (TX), Louisiana (LA), New Orleans, LA, Illinois (IL), New York (NY)

In this draft of an article for the March 1965 IUD Agenda, an AFL-CIO monthly publication, Dr. King recounts the progress made by the Civil Rights Movement and states that the issue in 1965 is the right to vote and the venue is Selma, Alabama. He discusses the pattern of exclusion, including the abuse of power by local sheriffs, illegal use of local and state laws, delay tactics of registrars, and literacy tests. He outlines measures that a Civil Rights Act of 1965 should include.

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.

SCLC Agenda's

Monday, June 26, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Kentucky (KY), Chicago, IL

This is the agenda set out to specific people within the SCLC.

Letter from Robert T. Stafford to MLK

Tuesday, August 24, 1965
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Congressman Robert T. Stafford writes to Dr. King acknowledging receipt of a recent request to support a particular bill. Stafford asserts that he will respect the majority rule of the District of Columbia and possibly revisit the petition at a later date.

Letter from Dora McDonald to MLK about CORE National Convention

Thursday, June 11, 1964
New York, NY

This response letter dated June 11, 1964, was sent from Ms. McDonald, secretary of Dr. King to Mr. James Farmer. She states that while Dr. King will not be able to attend the CORE National Convention, he will send a representative from the SCLC to the meeting.

Telegram from Newcastle University to MLK

Tuesday, January 17, 1967
UNITED KINGDOM

The registrar of Newcastle University inquires if Dr. King would be able to accept an honorary degree from the institute.

Plans for Progress: Atlanta Survey

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Florida (FL), Ohio (OH), Alabama (AL)

The Southern Regional Council releases a special report regarding Atlanta's "Plans for Progress," a program that gives the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity power to require contractors to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. According to a study, only three of the twenty-four firms appeared to be interested in abiding by the "Plans for Progress." These were Lockheed, Western Electric Company, and Goodyear.

Telegram from Gitta Gossmann to MLK

Wednesday, March 24, 1965
New York (NY), New York, NY

Gossmann sends Dr. King a royalty check for his book "Why We Can't Wait" in the amount of $3,448.76.

Letter from Theo Roling to MLK

Tuesday, August 29, 1967
NETHERLANDS, Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL

Theo Roling writes Dr. King requesting an autographed photograph for his collection.

Letter from the McKeesport, Pennsylvania NAACP to MLK

Wednesday, March 21, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA)

The McKeesport Branch of the NAACP invites Dr. King to be the guest speaker at its upcoming Human Rights Dinner.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

Friday, August 5, 1966
New York (NY), CHINA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, JAPAN

An anonymous writer sends a letter to Dr. King and several other civil rights leaders. Although the exact message of the letter is unclear, the writer quotes numerous Biblical passages and Christian prayers. The writer, intermittently, also refers to the recipient as "Michael."

Letter from Robert Weaver to MLK

Thursday, August 31, 1967
Washington, D.C., Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Secretary Weaver responds to a former letter from Dr. King requesting assistance for an economic project sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church. He informs Dr. King to contact Mr. John Thigpen at the Atlanta Federal Housing Administration office.