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Letter from Samuel S. Backlar to MLK

Friday, October 3, 1958
New York (NY)

Samuel S. Backlar, Chairman of the American Legion New York County Organization, writes Dr. King wishing him a "speedy recovery" and invites him to speak at Abraham Lincoln's 150th birthday celebration.

Letter from Robert Zuckerman to Dora McDonald

Monday, June 24, 1963
Florida (FL), New York, NY

Robert Zuckerman requests a copy of a commencement speech given by Dr. King.

Meister Eckhart

Dr. King outlines a brief history of German mystic philosopher Meister Eckhart.

Letter from MLK to May Edward Chinn

Monday, December 23, 1963
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Dr. King responds to Dr. May Chinn's letter of support and encouragement. King states, "Our struggle for freedom is often difficult and the moments are often frustrating, but we gain new courage to carry on..."

"The Negro's Road to Equality" by Roscoe Drummond

Washington, D.C.

This article reports on the historic decision of the United States Supreme Court to end segregation in 1954. Outlining a brief narrative of segregation in America, the writer makes it clear that the decision was imperative and timely.

Letter from Norman Taylor to MLK

Wednesday, February 9, 1966
Chicago, IL

Norman Taylor, an agent at Investment Bonds, Inc., commends Dr. King on his work and for being a man of integrity. He offers assistance to help improve the living conditions of the poor in the slums of Chicago.

MLK Address to Southern Association of Political Scientists

Friday, November 13, 1964
Birmingham, AL, Jackson, MS, New York, NY, Maryland (MD), San Francisco, CA, Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King addresses the Southern Association of Political Scientists in November of 1964. This address consists of the accomplishments made because of the Civil Rights Movement and areas that society needs to improve upon.

The Crisis - NAACP 50 Years - Freedom Civil Rights Progress

North Carolina (NC), New York, NY, New York (NY), Georgia (GA), Tennessee (TN), Arkansas (AR), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Press International, United States Federal Housing Administration., NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), National Urban League, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Syracuse University, Tuskegee Institute, United States Supreme Court, United States. Congress, Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., North Carolina (NC), New York, NY, New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), SOUTH AFRICA, Little Rock, AR, Louisiana (LA), Virginia (VA), New Orleans, LA, Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), Texas (TX), South Carolina (SC), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Tennessee (TN), Des Moines, IA, New Hampshire (NH), Oklahoma (OK), Michigan (MI), KENYA, Alabama (AL)

This 1959 issue of The Crisis celebrates the 50th anniversary of the NAACP. The contents include events that vary from legislation cases to African-American accomplishments relevant to the time.

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.

Letter from June Gordon to MLK

Friday, July 9, 1965
New York, NY, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

June Gordon, as the Executive Director of the Emma Lazarus Federation of Jewish Women's Clubs, issues a check to SCLC. They also pledge to assist other civil rights groups involved in the struggle for equality.

Letter from MLK to John Evarts

Tuesday, April 5, 1966
FRANCE

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, human rights, and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter. Dr. King thanks his contact in France after a successful joint fundraising event.

SCLC Direction

Thursday, November 17, 1966
California (CA)

The SCLC establishes a new direction in which they are seeking to promote nonviolence on an international level by creating a universal human rights movement. Ira Sandperl details this new direction of the SCLC which includes the improvement of current political and economic issues.

Letter from Esther G. Stone to MLK

Sunday, January 21, 1968
Columbus, OH, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR

Esther G. Stone writes to Dr. King to express her opinions on Negro leadership, American politics, and the Vietnam War. Stone writes that President Lyndon Johnson has done so much for Negroes and that Mrs. Johnson did not deserve the hurtful remarks of Eartha Kitt.

Letter from Member of SCLC to James Harrison

Wednesday, March 22, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY), Massachusetts (MA), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

The letter's author encloses copies of recent checks made payable to the SCLC and contact information for individual and organizational contributors.

Letter from John L. Gregory to MLK

Tuesday, November 19, 1963
Vermont (VT), Atlanta, GA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

John L. Gregory informs Dr. King about the check dedicated to the SCLC. The Vermont Church Council is concerned with the Civil Rights Movement and contributes to Dr. King's organization to be an asset to the improvement of the American society.

Memorandum Regarding Civil Rights Complaints

New York (NY)

Robert Greene, John Griffin and Ralph Scott make a claim against the state of New York, asserting that they were denied their civil rights and treated unjustly.

A Tribute to the Organized Labor Movement

Tuesday, March 1, 1960

The Jewish Labor Committee extends heartfelt gratitude to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) for twenty-five years of fraternal cooperation.

Newsletter from The Knights of the Confederacy

Georgia (GA), New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, GA

The Knights of the Confederacy, a student organization that promoted segregation in public schools, used this flyer to recruit students who were aligned with their goal of protecting "white rights."

Letter from Robert Harris to SCLC

Thursday, June 17, 1965
Michigan (MI)

Mr. Harris offers the SCLC assistance from the Michigan Chapter of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council to research civil rights problems.

Speech at Chicago Freedom Movement Rally

Sunday, July 10, 1966
Chicago, IL, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, Birmingham, AL, PUERTO RICO

Dr. King speaks of the urgent need to address issues in the city such as deplorable housing conditions, discrimination in employment, segregation and overcrowded schools. He urges his listeners to commit to fill up the jails if necessary, register every eligible Negro to vote, withhold rent from slumlords, withdraw economic support from companies that don't hire Negroes, and support Negro-owned businesses. He stresses the importance of using nonviolent methods.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mrs. Edward Greaves

Wednesday, August 14, 1963
Illinois (IL)

Miss Dora McDonald informs Mrs. Edward Greaves that additional copies of Dr. King's sermon entitled "Paul's Letter to American Christians" are unavailable. She refers Mrs. Greaves to locate the sermon in Dr. King's newly released book "Strength to Love."

Letter from Solomon and Dorothy Zeltzer to Dr. and Mrs. King

Wednesday, April 26, 1967
California (CA)

The Zeltzer family send warm regards and support to the King family.

Letter from Ernest Evans to MLK about Help

Wednesday, February 23, 1966
Chicago, IL

Ernest Evans is writing to Dr. King asking him to come by his home while he is visiting Chicago. Evans discusses the problems of his living conditions and the increase in the cost of living. He hopes that Dr. King will be able to bring about positive change for the community.

Does MLK Have the Right? the Qualifications? the Duty? to Speak Out on Peace

VIETNAM, New York (NY), New York, NY, Rhode Island (RI), FRANCE, CAMBODIA, LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, THAILAND, New Jersey (NJ), California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, PHILIPPINES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HAITI, NICARAGUA

SCLC National Executive Director Andrew Young addresses recent articles criticizing Dr. King's expressions on peace. Young argues that these attacks are largely based on misconceptions of Dr. King's views. He states that the media is quick to attack Dr. King, but whenever critics retract their statements, nothing is reported. To combat this, Young includes a sampling of accurate articles on Dr. King to "redress the imbalance."

Draft Letter from MLK to Mr. Lebbano and Mr. Mayle

Dr. King drafts a handwritten response letter. He informs the recipients of his pressing commitment to social justice.

Letter from W. J. Murphy to Deton Brooks

Monday, July 11, 1966
Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL

Congressman W. J. Murphy writes this letter to Dr. Deton Brooks, Executive Director of the Commission on Urban Opportunity. After listening to a radio show, of which Dr. Brooks and Dr. King posed commentary, Murphy was prompted with a response towards solving America's racial issues. Murphy states he initially opposed the executively ordered Fair Employment Practices Commission for the reason that brotherly love could not be legislated. FEPC requires that companies in governmental contract could not discriminate on the basis of race or religion.

Telegram from Senator Percy to MLK

Saturday, June 3, 1967
Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, New York (NY), New York, NY

Senator Charles H. Percy invites Dr. King to a private dinner to discuss innovative approaches for private sector involvement in the "urban problem."

Letter from Jennings Randolph to MLK

Thursday, April 29, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Jennings Randolph writes Dr. King expressing thanks for his previous telegram regarding support of the Voting Rights bill which would abolish poll taxes.

Letter from MLK to Rabbi Albert A. Goldman

Tuesday, July 13, 1965
Ohio (OH)

In this letter, Dr. King informs Rabbi Albert A. Goldman that he will not be able to be a speaker at the Community Thanksgiving Services at The Isaac M. Wise Temple this year.

Letter from Harry H. Wachtel to MLK

Thursday, January 12, 1967
New York, NY

Mr. Wachtel informs Dr. King that a large donation made by Mrs. Ann Farnsworth is now available. Wachtel then asks Dr. King who is to send the acknowledgment.