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Dr. King cites Reinhold Niebuhr's definition of history and its relation to God.

Letter from Willis C. Tabor to MLK

Tuesday, June 15, 1965
Chicago, IL, Selma, AL, Detroit, MI, Pennsylvania (PA), New York (NY), New York, NY, Missouri (MO)

In this letter from Willis C. Tabor to Dr. King Mr. Tabor requests an application for employment with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after his dismissal as pastor of West Side Christian Parish.

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

Thursday, February 18, 1965
CANADA

Dr. King writes Murray Thomson expressing his inability to accept an invitation to be a consultant for Thomson's organization's conference in Portland, Ontario. He explains that due to his commitment to the civil rights struggle he can only accept a limited amount of engagements.

Letter from Mrs. Carrie Fillmore to MLK

Georgia (GA)

Mrs. Fillmore requests help from Dr. King as she informs him that she has six children and cannot afford to get them into schools. She also lets Dr. King know that she has gone to the NAACP without results.

Telegram from George W. Collins to MLK

Wednesday, January 26, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Alderman George Collins welcomes Dr. King to Chicago and also issues an invitation for Dr. King to visit his office at any time.

Letter From Bernard Lafayette, Jr. to Dennis Brunn

Thursday, January 25, 1968
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI), Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL)

This is a memorandum thanking Mr. Brunn for his letter of support for the labor unions.

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.

Telegram from SCLC to Miss Geneva Jones

Tuesday, August 17, 1965
Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA)

The SCLC writes Miss Geneva Jones providing her information on their traveling agenda for a trip to McIntosh, Georgia.

Social Ethics in Psalms

Dr. King writes about social ethics as discussed in Psalms 72.

Letter from Sampson & Sampson to Ms. Dora McDonald

Wednesday, May 1, 1968
South Carolina (SC), Brooklyn, NY

Ms. Dora McDonald received this telegram pertaining to Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The sender requests that Mrs. King speak at a political action event in South Carolina. The author of this telegram was running for state senate.

MLK Interview: The Negro Protest

Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Albany, GA

Kenneth B. Clark conducts a televised interview with Dr. King, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X. Clark discusses with Dr. King his personal history, the relationship between the love ethic and nonviolent direct action, Malcolm X's claim that nonviolence is perceived by white leaders as weakness, and Baldwin's concern that Negroes will not remain nonviolent if met with brutal responses.

An Appeal by Puerto Ricans for Fair Treatment

New York (NY), Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Connecticut (CT), VIETNAM, PUERTO RICO

This document reviews the economic, political, and cultural disparity of Puerto Ricans. The authors explain the history of American imperialism in Puerto Rico and how Puerto Ricans have been mistreated in the United States, particularly in New York. Criticizing the Vietnam War, the authors suggest focusing the funding used abroad on community building.

Letter from Cheryl Chambers to MLK

Thursday, November 28, 1963
Ohio (OH), Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Cheryl Chambers asks Dr. King to send an autographed picture and a copy of his Letter from Birmingham Jail. She is doing a paper on civil rights for her government project and requests any available literature. Ms. Chambers, who is also a member of the NAACP Youth Council, informs Dr. King that the Council is getting ready to begin their membership drive and inquires if he has any helpful suggestions.

Letter from Annie Grace to MLK

Thursday, August 17, 1967
Boston, MA

Thirteen-year-old Annie G. Miller expresses her admiration for Dr. King.

Guidelines for a Constructive Church

Sunday, June 5, 1966
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL)

In this sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Dr. King spells out guidelines for the church: healing the broken-hearted, preaching deliverance to the captive (freeing people from everything that enslaves), and preaching the acceptable year of the Lord. The acceptable year of the Lord, he says, is every year the time is right to do right, stop lying and cheating, do justice, learn to live as brothers and beat swords into plowshares.

Letter from Ethel Harvey to MLK

Tuesday, February 6, 1968
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Ethel Harvey writes to Dr. King regarding her desire to support the Civil Rights Movement. She then expresses her ideas towards resolving tension between whites and black relations.

Handwritten Notes Individuality and Participation

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines his views on individuality and participation. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definition, and bible verses.

Letter from Melvin Kennedy to Mr. Ralph Helstein Recommending a Student Scholarship

Thursday, March 2, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL

Melvin Kennedy, Chairman of the Department of History at Morehouse College, recommends a student for a United Packinghouse Scholarship.

Central Methodist Church Program

Sunday, August 18, 1957
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI), Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Dr. King speaks at the Central Methodist Church after a Sunday service regarding the work that he has done for the community.

Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca

New York (NY)

This form letter from the Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca and the Cornell Committee Against Segregation announces both the guest appearance of Dr. King as well as a fundraising drive for the SCLC.

Letter from the Seventh Grade Class of Woodward School to MLK

Saturday, February 3, 1968
FRANCE, CANADA

Anita Davis, Gail Williams, and Joan Rockwell request an interview with Dr. King for their class project.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Hindman

Dr. King informs Mr. Hindman that although they share the same perspective regarding capital punishment, he does not get involved with civil suits, but instead works to change laws.

Stars for Freedom 1967

San Francisco, CA, Texas (TX), Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., JAMAICA, Los Angeles, CA, Hawaii (HI), JAPAN, PHILIPPINES, AUSTRALIA, ISRAEL, Stockholm, Sweden, FRANCE, New York (NY), New York, NY, GREECE, SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA, Birmingham, AL, Florida (FL), Atlanta, GA, California (CA), Montgomery, AL, Louisiana (LA), New Orleans, LA, Selma, AL

This magazine highlights celebrities who have contributed to the Civil Rights Movement as well as the contributions of SCLC and other programs across America. Featured in the article is statement by SCLC President, Dr. King.

Letter from Nancy Davison to MLK

Thursday, May 18, 1967
California (CA), San Francisco, CA

Nancy Davison writes Dr. King to thank him for his words published in Ramparts. She writes that she finds it thrilling to be able read his own words instead of quotations used by others out of context. She thanks him for the stance he has taken on Vietnam, for fighting injustice, and for "having the courage to reveal what is in your heart."

Miracles

EGYPT, ISRAEL

Dr. King paraphrases the Old Testament scripture of Exodus chapter 13, verse 22, in which God leads the Israelites with a cloud by day and a a pillar of fire by night.

Barth and Brunner

Dr. King notes the views of Swiss theologians Karl Barth and Emil Brunner on God, making reference to Soren Kierkegaard (SK).

Letter from Clarence G. Petersen to MLK

Thursday, August 25, 1966
Illinois (IL)

Clarence G. Petersen tells Dr. King that he should avoid marching in the city of Cicero. Petersen describes Cicero as a slum with old houses and an oppressive, industrial atmosphere. While Petersen supports Dr. King's campaign, he believes it'd be best if the city were avoided for Dr. King's safety.

SCLC 10th Anniversary Flyer

Wednesday, August 16, 1967
Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Michigan (MI)

The flyer highlights the 10th anniversary of the SCLC and outlines the speakers and events which will take place.

Invitation from Douglas Davis to MLK

Thursday, November 7, 1963
New York, NY, CANADA, New York (NY)

Douglas A. C. Davis invites Dr. King to speak at the University of Western Ontario's School of Business Administration. He explains that Dr. King's visit will be one of great pleasure and honor.

Letter from Maynard Gertler to MLK

Wednesday, November 13, 1963
CANADA, Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Maynard Gertler writes Dr. King to request a transcript of his speech given during the March on Washington. Gertler also discusses a book by Henry Thoreau that is to be published in the near future.