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Newspaper Article on MLK

Sunday, August 9, 1964
Ohio (OH), Alabama (AL), Washington, D.C., Birmingham, AL

In this article, written by Robert L. Powers, the author gives his assessment of the book "Why We Can't Wait." Powers provided poignant excerpts from the literature.

The Church Says No on Proposition 14

California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Thie Council of Churches in Northern and Southern California argues against the goals of Proposition 14. This 1964 ballot proposition sought to amend the California consitution by nullifying the Rumford Fair Housing Act. Prop 14 would go on to pass, but two years later the California Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional.

Letter from Bernard Roche to MLK

Wednesday, August 16, 1967
New York (NY)

Mr. Roche asks Dr. King whether he has considered that whites not only intimidate and murder African Americans, but also each other. He argues that whites don't treat anyone any worse than they treat themselves.

Metaphysics

Dr. King quotes William James' perception of metaphysics.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Wednesday, June 12, 1963
Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Albany, GA, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

In this copy printed in "The Christian Century," Dr. King writes his letter in response to several Alabama Clergymen who accuse him of being unwise and untimely. His accusers call him an extremist and an "outside agitator" who should not be in Alabama. Dr. King references several sources in his counter to their arguments.

John Duns Scotus

UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE

Dr. King records these notes about the life of John Duns Scotus, a noted Scottish philosopher and theologian of the High Middle Ages.

Letter from George A. Wiley to Rev. Andrew Young

Monday, March 25, 1968
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

George A. Wiley writes Reverend Andrew Young and other staff of the SCLC regarding National Welfare Rights Organization's (NWRO) participation with the Poor People's Campaign.

Letter from James Allen to MLK

Wednesday, April 6, 1966
Chicago, IL, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

James Allen expresses his opinion of the United States' involvement in Vietnam.

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

Friday, February 11, 1966
CANADA

Dr. King regretfully informs Murray Thomson that he cannot accept his invitation to Toronto due to his prior commitments for the month of June.

Letter from Thomas Johnson to MLK

Monday, November 20, 1967
New York, NY, Detroit, MI

Thomas Johnson, a reporter for the New York Times, writes to Dr. King requesting his participation in a symposium to be published in Playboy, regarding the civil rights movement.

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Marian S. Dockhorn

Friday, April 24, 1964
Pennsylvania (PA), Berlin, Germany, GERMANY

Dr. King responds to Mrs. Marian S. Deckhorn's letter concerning the invitation extended to him and Coretta Scott King for the Bucks Count World Peace Fair. Dr. King notifies Mrs. Deckhorn that they will be unable to attend on the suggested date due to his international travel to Berlin.

Letter from Student Supporter Richard Hathaway to MLK

Sunday, April 24, 1966
Pennsylvania (PA)

Richard Hathaway, a student at Haverford College, requests a copy of a speech Dr. King delivered at the United Nations Plaza. Hathaway was a participant in the march and rally at which Dr. King spoke, but was unable to hear the speech because of the crowd.

Letter from Norman Baugher, Galen Ogden and W. Harold Row to MLK

Monday, July 29, 1963
Illinois (IL), Atlanta, GA

Prominent officials from the Church of the Brethren's Committee on Race Relations writes Dr. King informing him of the power of television in promoting nonviolence. Since many individuals around the nation are unfamiliar with the practices of nonviolence, Norman Baugher, Galen Oden and W. Harold Row recommend that Dr. King call upon various associates to appear on television and educate the public on the nonviolent philosophy.

Morality

SOUTH AFRICA

Dr. King documents a quote from British statesman John Morley regarding the morality of war. Dr. King refers to the quote, taken from Morley's publication "Recollection," as a "grand, potent monosyllable." Following the citation, Dr. King comments, "This is an agnostic talking."

MLK's Address to Addison Junior High

Thursday, October 22, 1964
Cleveland, OH, Birmingham, AL

Dr. King explains the importance of education and encourages the students to exercise their abilities to the fullest and strive for excellence. Dr. King further describes the duties each student must fulfill to make an impact on their community and the world.

Spring Mobilization Committee Information Sheets

New York (NY)

These information sheets concern the Spring Mobilization Committee's rally taking place within the United Nations. Topics discussed include meals, housing, and child safety.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

Florida (FL)

The author of this letter requests the help of Dr. King in dealing with the Principal of W. J. Creel School, who is allegedly a racist and uses racial slurs against his students.

Confidential Memorandum

Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Montgomery, AL, Virginia (VA), New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

This handwritten document outlines plans for the SCLC's Direct Action program. The program will target Birmingham, Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama and Danville, Virginia.

Making the Best of A Bad Mess

Sunday, April 24, 1966
Atlanta, GA

This text of Dr. King's "Making the Best of a Bad Mess" sermon encourages the congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church to remain faithful in times of destitution. He makes clear the point that happiness is not found, but is instead created.

Letter from Perceel Lanfair to MLK

Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Perceel Lanfair informs Dr. King that she and her husband are looking for a larger apartment.

Letter from MLK to Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Greenstein

Monday, January 30, 1967
New York (NY)

Dr. King sends thanks to Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Greenstein for a contribution made to the SCLC.

Library Book Due Date Card

This document is a ledger that contains a due date for an over night loan.

Birthday Card from Birmingham Mirror Newsapaper

Birmingham, AL

Ella Martin of the Birmingham Mirror newspaper sends Dr. King a birthday card, wishing him many happy returns of January 15th.

Letter from John A. Clark to MLK Regarding Scriptures, Spiritual Advice and Prayer

Friday, June 9, 1967
Mississippi (MS), Montgomery, AL, Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI

In this letter, Reverend John A. Clark provides spiritual advice, scripture and prayer for Dr. King during hard times as well as for preparation of the future. Reverend John A. Clark also mentions starting a revival and revisiting Washington to D.C. to preach for a cause.

Evil

Dr. King quotes Harris Franklin Rall's "Christianity," highlighting the topic "the evil of the universe."

Letter from Elder A. S. Grant to MLK

Monday, November 1, 1965
JAMAICA, New York (NY), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Elder A.S. Grant, a member of The West Indies Laymen National Christian League Church and State, writes a letter to Dr. King. Grant states the need for solidarity among global Black leaders, both church and state. He requests monetary donations that would go towards a headquarters for his organization.

Letter from Govenor Nelson A. Rockefeller to MLK

Wednesday, September 5, 1962
New York (NY), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller encloses a copy of "The Future of Federalism." His book "traces the development of the federal idea in the United States."

From Reverend M. L. Jackson to MLK

Friday, May 4, 1962
Indiana (IN)

Rev. Jackson expresses his appreciation and support for the work of Dr. King. Rev. Jackson pledges his dedication to the cause and encourages Dr. King to continue his monumental work.

Letter from Ralph H. Eaton to MLK

Friday, June 18, 1965
Arizona (AZ)

Ralph Eaton explains to Dr. King why he will no longer send contributions to the SCLC.

Royalty Statement from Joan Daves to MLK

Wednesday, June 14, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY

This document is a royalty statement from Joan Daves to Martin Luther King Jr. for his text "Stride Toward Freedom". June 14, 1967