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Letter from Gregory Bergman to MLK

Monday, April 10, 1967
California (CA), Berkeley, CA

Mr. Bergman asks if he could receive a copy of Dr. King's speech given at Riverside Church. He regarded the speech as "one of the great speeches of our time."

Declaration of the World Council of Peace on Vietnam

Monday, February 12, 1968
BELGIUM, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C.

The World Council of Peace issued this press release declaring their position against the Vietnam War. They state that they are pro-peace and against American oppression and that President Johnson is ignoring their peace proposals.

Race Problem

Dr. King discusses the solution to the race problem, citing Reinhold Niebuhr's view that human methods are irrational.

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 Vernon R. Byrd to MLK

Wednesday, April 4, 1962
BERMUDA, Atlanta, GA

Vernon R. Byrd invites Dr. King to be the speaker at the Annual Men's Day Service at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bermuda.


Dr. King writes about sin, according to Jeremiah 5:4.

Letter from the American Embassy in New Delhi, India to MLK

Friday, September 24, 1965

The Embassy of the United States invites Dr. King to come and visit India for at least a month. He can lecture in his special areas of interests. The embassy states that the best time to come is between November and April.

Telegram from Duncan Wood to MLK

Thursday, September 28, 1967

Dr. King receives a telegram from Duncan Wood in Geneva, Switzerland concerning upcoming international trips.

MLK Announces End of Montgomery Bus Boycott

Thursday, December 20, 1956
Montgomery, AL

Dr. King, as President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, issued this statement following the US Supreme Court’s decision declaring laws requiring segregation on busses unconstitutional. He announces that the year-long bus boycott is officially over and urges Negroes to return to the buses the next morning on a non-segregated basis. Negroes need to adopt a spirit of understanding toward their white brothers, he says. It is time to move from protest to reconciliation.

Letter from Leonard Zion to MLK

Thursday, April 22, 1965
Massachusetts (MA)

Leonard Zion writes Dr. King stating that SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Action) is organizing students and faculty at Brandeis University in Massachusetts to raise $40,000 to support him. The SCOPE project was run under the auspices of the Atlanta-based SCLC.

Telegram from Kenneth O'Donnell of the White House to MLK

Wednesday, June 19, 1963
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Kenneth O'Donnell sends this telegram to Dr. King encouraging the Reverend to attend a meeting with the President of the United States and several other Civil Rights leaders.

Letter from Rita Machelle Foster to MLK

Wednesday, January 30, 1963
Chicago, IL

Rita Machelle Foster, an eighth grade student a Harvard Elementary School, requests any information or documentation provided by Dr. King for her composition on Negro History Week. Ms. Foster asks that Dr. King provide a photograph and discuss the James Meredith situation.

Letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Mary Bonaventure

Ohio (OH), South Carolina (SC)

The author writes to Rev. Ralph Abernathy to express how impressed she was with the events surrounding Dr. King's funeral. She also made a lengthy request for mementos of the funeral service and Dr. King's speeches.

Letter to Dr. Neil V. Sullivan from Robert L. Green

Thursday, April 27, 1967
Michigan (MI), Berkeley, CA

Robert Green expresses his appreciation for Dr. Neil Sullivan's chapter contribution in the book, "Education and the Urban Poor." Mr. Green is pleased when he discovers Dr. Sullivan has contributed a portion of the book profits to Dr. King and the SCLC. The book will be in demand for college level courses focusing on education, psychology and sociology.

Letter from A.J. de Witte to Roy Wilkins

Sunday, April 23, 1967
Illinois (IL), New York (NY), New York, NY, VIETNAM

A.J. de Witte conveys his dissatisfaction to Roy Wilkins over the NAACP's criticism of Dr. King's opposition to the Vietnam War. De Witte withdraws his financial support to the NAACP, instead contributing to Dr. King, Stokley Carmichael of SNCC and Floyd McKissick of CORE.

Board of Christian Social Concerns of the Methodist Church Concerns on Vietnam

Thursday, April 13, 1967

The Board of Christian Social Concerns are troubled by the events transpiring in Vietnam. They believe that such violence cannot be God's will and offer their solutions on how to end the war. They also applaud Dr. King for his views and words concerning the war.

Letter from the Mississippi Club to MLK

Monday, January 14, 1963
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, Mississippi (MS)

Officials of the Mississippi Club make a contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and offer a prayer for Dr. King.

Letter from Christian Action to MLK

Monday, April 20, 1964
London, England, SOUTH AFRICA

L. John Collins, Chairman of Christian Action, writes Dr. King inquiring if he would be interested in attending a public meeting in London regarding race relations in South Africa. In addition to Dr. King, one of the prospective speakers mentioned was James Baldwin.

A Memo from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Thursday, April 6, 1967
New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Detroit, MI

This memorandum written by Lincoln Lynch, Associate Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), outlines proposed travel arrangements, speakers, workshop topics and entertainment for the upcoming National Convention.

Justice Harlan Concurring

Washington, D.C., Georgia (GA), South Carolina (SC)

This newspaper article discusses John Marshall Harlan's dissent with the case of "Plessy vs. Ferguson," and how Harlan was not acknowledged when the case was overturned.

SCLC Six-Month Report

Tuesday, February 6, 1968
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Thomas Offenburger, Director of Information for the SCLC Department of Information, composes a semi-annual report detailing the work of the department for Dr. King and Reverend Abernathy.

Reader's Digest: Martin Luther King's March on Washington

Monday, April 1, 1968
Washington, D.C.

This April 1968 article by William Schulz warns that the Poor People's March on Washington and the planned disruption of the nation's capital pose an enormous challenge to security forces and may humiliate the country internationally.


Dr. King records a short biography of the theologian Jerome.

Letter from Donald F. Hinds to MLK

Saturday, March 16, 1968
VIETNAM, Geneva, Switzerland

Donald Hinds writes Dr. King to discuss issues such as the Vietnam War and economic injustice towards Negroes.

Letter from Ram Aurangabadkar and Dinkar Sakrikar to MLK

Tuesday, June 7, 1966

The Sarvajanik Kalyan Samiti society praises Dr. King for effectively using the method of "mass civil resistance" developed by Mahatma Gandhi. As a token of appreciation, the society would like to donate a bust of Mahatma Gandhi to be installed in a children's park in the United States. The society requests that Dr. King arrange the installment.

Letter from Homer Littlefield McCall to MLK

Thursday, September 21, 1967
Alabama (AL)

In this letter, Mr. McCall requests that Dr. King send the certificate of his ordination from Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Letter from David Davis to MLK

Tuesday, October 5, 1965

Mr. Davis, Executive Director of American Center for Student and Artists, invites Dr. King to speak for one of their "Meet the Press" evenings in Europe. Davis also provides the names of previous speakers and information regarding the Center's participants and programs.

SCLC Report of the Director

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Virginia (VA), Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Louisiana (LA)

This document contains a six month SCLC Semi-Annual Report. The SCLC reports on their accomplishments in the areas of social action, fundraising, education, legal defense, etc. This document discusses the Virginia Christian Leadership Conference, the SCLC Leadership Training Program, and the Citizens Voter Registration Drive. Also included is a list of recommendations for the SCLC staff.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mildred R. Morris

Monday, August 19, 1963
Cincinnati, OH

Dora McDonald responds to Mildred R. Morris on behalf of Dr. King, who will take into consideration her offer after meeting with the Executive Staff of SCLC.

Letter from Polly M. Williams to Whom it May Concern

Sunday, January 29, 1967
Georgia (GA), Florida (FL)

Polly Williams, a former counselor of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, requests a full investigation of its director, Mr. Pace. Mrs. Williams requested a sick leave while undergoing surgery, yet later discovered that her request had counted as vacation time. She discusses numerous orders she received from Mr. Pace that negatively impacted her health and her recovery from surgery. She believes that she is a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace.