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Mars Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 15, 1958
Illinois (IL), Montgomery, AL

This 1958 program features Dr. King as guest lecturer for the Mars Lectures at Northwestern University.

Letter from Reverend William D.F. Morris to MLK

Sunday, December 20, 1964
CANADA, Atlanta, GA

Rev. William D. F. Morris, of Centennial United Church in Toronto, invites Dr. King to visit his church during Lent.

SCLC Constituent to Rev. Abernathy

Thursday, May 2, 1968
New York, NY

This letter, originating from New York City in the aftermath of Dr. King's assassination, is from a supporter who is inquiring about the purchase of items relating to Dr. King's correspondence.

Letter from Stephen Siteman to MLK

Monday, September 11, 1967
New York, NY

In this letter to Dr. King, Stephen Siteman encloses a letter that Norman Thomas wrote for the New York Times.

The Practical Value of Religion

Dr. King writes about Albrecht Ritschl's views on the practical value of religion.

Cape Times: No Reply to Luther King Invitation

Tuesday, November 23, 1965
SOUTH AFRICA

L. Marquard writes an article discussing the discontent that Dr. J. D. Vorster and Rev. J. A. Heynes had regarding Dr. King's honorary degree from the Vrye Universiteit of Amsterdam.

Letter to the Editor of Chicago Daily News Regarding Israeli Statehood

Friday, September 8, 1967
ISRAEL, VIETNAM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This letter from Mrs. Irene M. Koch to the editor of the Chicago Daily News addresses the issue of anti-Semitism and the Israeli War in 1967. Mrs. Koch, while not anti-Semitic, does not support the war Israel is prosecuting against its Arab Neighbors. Mrs. Koch draws parallels between Israel's war and the United State's involvement in Vietnam.

The Trinity

Dr. King provides the historical origin and ideology of the Trinity.

Telegram from SANE Co-Chair Benjamin Spock to MLK

Friday, April 30, 1965
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM, Boston, MA

Dr. Benjamin Spock, acting as co-chairman of the National Committe for a Sane Nuclear Policy, transmits a telegram to Dr. King inviting him to deliver a speech at Madison Square Garden in reference to Vietnam.

Letter from Anderson Davis to MLK

Thursday, October 3, 1963
West Virginia (WV), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Mr. Davis invites Dr. King to speak at West Virginia's Emancipation Proclamation centennial celebration. Mr. Davis informs Dr. King that the event is an opportunity to collect contributions for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Letter from Rabbi William Herskowitz to MLK

Wednesday, December 6, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Rabbi William Herskowitz, editor of The Jewish Horizon, asks Dr. King to read and write a review on the book, "Negro and Jew."

Letter from MLK to Gaylord Nelson

Wednesday, June 24, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King expresses gratitude to Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, for supporting the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Letter from George Y. Sodowick to MLK

Saturday, February 10, 1968
Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, California (CA)

George Sodowick expresses to Dr. King disapproval of the planned Poor Peoples Campaign of 1968. Sodowick suggests that, instead of occupying Washington, the demonstrators should settle in and enhance "riot torn cities."

Definition of History

Dr. King explains a definition of history.

Letter from Ralph J. Bunch to Raphael Gould

Thursday, May 13, 1965
New York (NY)

Though Ralph J. Bunche agrees with the "Unique Value and Importance of Education for Peace", he is unsure to the effectiveness of the principle.

Memorandum from David M. Wallace to Dora McDonald

Saturday, February 11, 1967
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

David Wallace informs Dora McDonald of contributions made to the SCLC from John H. Johnson, George Jones, and Willard Payne, Sr.

Letter from Julia Keller to MLK

Thursday, January 26, 1967
West Virginia (WV), Washington, D.C.

Julia Keller, a student at Geneva Kent Elementary School, requests that Dr. King change the date of a scheduled demonstration that conflicts with her class trip to Washington, D.C.

Letter from Stanley Lavison to MLK Regarding Speeches

Thursday, March 17, 1966
Georgia (GA), New York, NY, Chicago, IL

In this letter to Dr. King, Stanley D. Levison references text books with Dr. King's speeches and The Chicago Rally.

The Witness: MLK Writes from Birmingham Jail

Thursday, June 27, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Texas (TX), Mississippi (MS), Montgomery, AL, Albany, GA

"The Witness" publishes the second part of Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." In this pivotal document, Dr. King expresses dissatisfaction with the white moderate and the white church regarding their silent stance on segregation and discrimination. He urges individuals to understand the delays, broken promises, and intimidation Negroes face to secure their freedom.

Letter from Lucy Amerson to MLK

Tuesday, June 28, 1966
California (CA), Atlanta, GA

Lucy Amerson corresponds with Dr. King in reference to a $150 donation made by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. to SCLC. The donation was a portion of the funds raised through the Ebony Fashion Fair project.

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

Thursday, November 9, 1967
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King regretfully informs Murray Thomson he will not be able to speak at the upcoming conference in Portland, Ontario due to commitments for the Civil Rights Movement in the US and his pastoral duties for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Proposed Program: Lincoln Memorial

Washington, D.C.

This program entails several male and female speakers who are deeply rooted and connected in the Civil Rights Movement. These speakers were expected to speak at the Lincoln Memorial.

Letter from Hubert Humphrey to MLK Regarding Regarding Wiley Branton

Thursday, April 29, 1965
Washington, D.C.

In this letter the office of the Vice President informs Dr. King of the new role of Wiley Branton to serve as Executive Secretary of the President's Council on Equal Opportunity.

Dr. King's Involvement with the Second Emancipation Proclamation

Saturday, March 24, 1962
CANADA

This article states, Dr. King recently announced President Kennedy has request he submit for his signature a second Emancipation Proclamation.

Letter from Jim Kelber to MLK

Tuesday, March 19, 1968
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Due to Dr. King's candidacy in the Choice '68 Presidential Primary College Ballot, the Chaffey College requests Dr. King to speak to the student body. Jim Kelber, campus coordinator of Choice '68, informs Dr. King of the campus location and the press coverage he would be susceptible to receive.

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Gay to MLK

Friday, August 16, 1963
Detroit, MI

Britt and Hagel Gay write Dr. King enclosing a contribution to help him in his "wonderful work."

Immortality

Dr. King quotes German philosopher Dr. Oswald Spengler regarding his ideology of immortality. According to Spengler, history holds no permanent value. King states "If such a philosophy of history is right there would be no reason to desire continued existence...immortality would have no meaning."

Letter from Harry Wunsch to MLK

Connecticut (CT)

Harry Wunsch encloses a contribution to support Dr. King's stance on the war in Vietnam.

Letter from a Lithuanian American to MLK

California (CA), LITHUANIA, VIETNAM, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR, HUNGARY

In this letter to Dr. King, a Lithuanian immigrant to the United States writes that he agrees with the campaign for Negro rights and believes that all U.S. citizens should be treated equally.

Post Card from Critic to MLK

This unstamped post card comes from a writer who identifies himself as "Ole Dorky" and targets Dr. King and the American Civil Liberties Union as "Communist skum." The writer disagrees with the work of civil rights and believes that efforts are "making matters worse for negroes."