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Our Pastor: A Characterization of Dr. Martin Luther King Sr.

Atlanta, GA

This document portrays a picture of Dr. King Sr. with an excerpt written by Emily Dodson McCrary.

Letter from Irving Engel to MLK

Monday, August 2, 1965
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, ISRAEL, GHANA

Dr. King has been invited to visit Israel. While they are delighted to have him, because of the demands of the Civil Rights Movement, it is suggested that he make this visit while he is at the meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Ghana in order to be considerate of his time.

Letter from Charles E. Rogers to MLK

Friday, April 14, 1967
Washington, D.C., VIETNAM

Charles Rogers writes Dr. King expressing his grief because of King's recent "allegiance to the communist cause in Southeast Asia." Rogers states that because of Dr. King's speech, his fame will face a decline and people will ask, "who is Martin Luther King?"

Urban Training Center for Christian Mission

Friday, July 7, 1967
Ohio (OH), Michigan (MI), Pennsylvania (PA), Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Included in this letter to the board members of the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission are several pertinent documents from the organization. The author of the letter, Jim Morton, informs the reader of an upcoming board meeting and encourages them to turn in an application for "The Now Thing" as soon as possible.

Letter from Hugh Bingham to MLK

Friday, April 22, 1966
New York (NY), AUSTRALIA, Little Rock, AR, Arkansas (AR), Los Angeles, CA, California (CA)

Hugh Bingham, Associate Editor of the London Daily Mirror, requests help planning his trip to the United States to report on the "progress and processes of integration." He explains that, in addition to the political aspects of integration, he would also like to write about the people involved in the movement.

Letter from MLK to Marguerite Braymer

Tuesday, January 10, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA)

In this letter, Dr. King thanks Mrs. Braymer of Questar Corporation for her generous contribution of 25 shares of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey stock to the SCLC.

Letter from Courtland Cox to MLK

Wednesday, September 23, 1964
Atlanta, GA, GUINEA

Courtland Cox of SNCC writes Dr. King reminding him that several of their members are away in Africa and informs him that Mr. Lewis will not be able to attend his convention.

Letter from Nelson Rockefeller to MLK

Wednesday, February 5, 1964
New York (NY), New Hampshire (NH), Atlanta, GA

Nelson Rockefeller writes to Dr. King hoping to have lunch with his family at Pocantico Hills. His intent is to raise funds for the Urban League of Westchester County and the SCLC.

Handwritten Notecard Defining Philosophy

Dr. King documents a quote from a book entitled "Philosophy of Religion".

Letter from MLK Regarding Atlanta University Center

Atlanta, GA

Dr. King writes to a woman concerning what he calls "the best Negro colleges in the South." He discusses the Atlanta University Center, which consists of Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark University and Morris Brown College.

Letter from Peter S. Shults to NAACP

Wednesday, August 25, 1965
Vermont (VT), New York, NY

Peter Shults writes the NAACP requesting a comment on a postcard he received that depicts Dr. King as a communist. He asks multiple questions regarding the validity of the picture on the postcard.

Response from MLK to Priscilla C. Spagne

Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA

Dr. King extends his appreciation to Priscilla C. Spagne for her supportive letter to the Boston Globe. He proclaims that it is important to, "Take every opportunity to make our consciences known to the public."

Letter from J.Campe to MLK regarding Book Royalties

Friday, May 19, 1967
New York, NY

This financial document references earnings from the Japanese editions of Dr. King's books, "Stride Towards Freedom" and "Why We Can't Wait."

Letter from Burke Marshall to MLK

Friday, July 13, 1962
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C.

Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General of the Dept. of Justice, responds to Dr. King's telegram requesting a Federal investigation concerning an incident involving Mr. Toomes Clendon and Sheriff W. E. Hammond. In closing, Marshall assures the Reverend that appropriate action will be taken should a violation be involved.

Letter from Reverend Virgil W. Glanton to SCLC

Saturday, June 18, 1966
Atlanta, GA, New York (NY)

In this letter, Reverend Virgil Glanton gives a contribution to SCLC and offers support for the Meredith March.

Memorandum from Stanley Levison Regarding Congressman Powell

Monday, September 19, 1966
New York, NY

This memorandum from Mr. Levison concerns legal issues regarding Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. His position is that those issues, valid or not, need examination in the overall context of "the real issue...the undemocratic nature of the congressional system."

Handwritten Notecard Regarding "Pelagianism"

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines "Pelagianism". 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, definitions, and bible verses.

Letter from The Charleston Business & Professional Men's Club to Dr. King

Thursday, October 2, 1958
New York, NY

Samuel Baskerville, of the Charleston Business & Professional Men's Club, wrote to Dr. King out of sympathy, for his nearly fatal stabbing at a department store in Harlem. Mr. Baskerville, on behalf of his organization, conveyed their delight in knowing of Dr. King's survival, per various press releases.

Letter to MLK Regarding the Direction of the Movement

The author expresses her opinion about Dr. King and how he should use his "impressive" vocabulary in the right direction. She further elaborates on her perceptions of the police protection, mobs, labor needs, and more.


Dr. King quotes the French philosopher Rene Descartes on the concept of "doubt."

Letter from MLK to Daniel Goodwin

Monday, August 12, 1963
New York (NY), Washington, D.C.

Dora McDonald conveys Dr. King's request for Mr. Daniel Goodwin to participate in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedoms.

Letter from H. C. Whitley to MLK

Friday, September 3, 1965

H. C. Huntley invites Dr. King to come speak at St. Giles Cathedral in Scotland during Holy Week.

Letter from Edward Rutledge and Jack Wood to Robert Weaver

Wednesday, November 1, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

Edward Rutledge and Jack E. Wood Jr. represent the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, Center for Fair Housing. They expound on housing, planning policies, and programs for New York City. In addition, they affirm their belief that policy-makers should include and reflect the concerns of the minority.

Letter from MLK to Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa

Monday, April 12, 1965
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King thanks James Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for his organization's $25,000 contribution to the SCLC. Dr. King explains the current works and beliefs of the SCLC and also stresses the importance of supporters like the Teamsters.


Dr. King quotes Leslie D. Weatherhead's "Why Do Men Suffer?"

Letter from MLK to Jefferson Poland

Friday, November 16, 1962
California (CA), San Francisco, CA

Dr. King thanks Mr. Poland for sharing his story and comments that the story shows "that it is possible to grow and change after a long heritage of prejudice."

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK encluding copy of British magazine SLANT

Wednesday, November 8, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM, Montgomery, AL, CHINA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Georgia (GA), Detroit, MI, Geneva, Switzerland, FRANCE, THAILAND, GUATEMALA, COLOMBIA, PERU, VENEZUELA

Joan Daves informs Dr. King that she has enclosed a copy of the British magazine SLANT that has a shortened version of his Riverside Church address inside.

Letter from MLK to Elder Grant

Dr. King declines an earlier proposal suggested by Mr. Grant, due to a lack of resources and time.

"Rev. King Jumps Back into the Act"

Washington, D.C.

This article expresses how Dr. King wants to take the attention off of the militants and place the focus back on non-violent expression.

Letter from MLK to Miss Joanne Adams

Thursday, November 7, 1963

Dr. King responds to a letter from Joanne Adams, a teenager from Central High School, stating that letters like hers from young people around the country inspire him that youth are so conscious of the issues that affect our world.