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Alabama Council Newsletter

Washington, D.C., South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Virginia (VA), Michigan (MI), Alabama (AL), New Hampshire (NH)

Amidst a battle between federal and states' rights, Reverend Hughes discusses the arrival of the Commission on Civil Rights and its intended purpose in the state of Alabama.

Telegram from A. Philip Randolph to MLK

New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

A. Philip Randolph congratulates Dr. King on the statement he made on "Face the Nation."

Letter From Chas D. Wherry to MLK

Thursday, January 18, 1968
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Chas Wherry advises Dr. King to consult with Dr. H. H. Brookins about accumulating more funds for the March on Washington. Wherry also inquires about Dr. King sending a letter to the Los Angeles Times regarding Mrs. Bain's newly appointed position.

Letter from W. A. Rutherford to James Orange

Friday, December 15, 1967
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Rutherford encourages Reverend Orange to be patient regarding his request for a raise, which must receive Dr. King's final approval.

Notes on a Letter from Birmingham Jail

Dr. King records notes on three different topics. First, he examines the concept of extremism and individual responses in their respective environments. Next, he expresses disappointment with the white church and its leadership. The final note describes the challenges and hardships of early Christians.

Telegram to Dr. King about Vietnam

Monday, April 10, 1967
California (CA), Georgia (GA)

The Magee Volunteers for International Developement have communicated with Dr. King regarding the international projects within Vietnam.

Men of Past and Present Pamphlet

INDIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This pamphlet features quotes 'Men of Past and Present,' including religious and political leaders, on democracy and cooperatives.

Letter to MLK from Philip L. Estrada about Operation Breadbasket Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Phillip Estrada, the editor of the Milwaukee Star News, request Dr. King's presence in support of the Breadbasket Operation. Estrada describes this growing organization as one that has made an impression on Milwaukee. He hopes that Dr. King will deliver words of encouragement to keep the morale up and to show his support.

Letter from Mose Pleasure, Jr. to MLK

Saturday, January 27, 1968
Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Pleasure writes Dr. King to inform him of his decision not to accept employment with SCLC. He refers to an earlier visit with Dr. King and friends in Atlanta, and comments that the group's enthusiasm bodes well for the upcoming Poor People's March on Washington.

Letter from Frank Annunzio to MLK

Saturday, January 9, 1965
Washington, D.C., Illinois (IL), Mississippi (MS), Atlanta, GA

Frank Annunzio informs Dr. King that he appreciates his views on the Mississippi Delegation. Annunzio states that he voted to remove the seniority status of the Mississippi Congressmen "from their respective Committees."

Letter from MLK to Anna Frank

Monday, May 7, 1956
New York, NY

Dr. King informs Mrs. Frank, assistant to Dr. Chalmers, of his travel arrangements to New York where he is set to speak at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund dinner.

Letter from Harper & Row Publishers to Joan Daves

Friday, March 10, 1967
New York, NY

Harper & Row, Publishers representative Cass Canfield provides feedback about Dr. King's manuscript for "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" to Joan Daves, Dr. King's agent. Canfield suggests replacing the last chapter of of the draft with a briefer and less expansive final section.

The Purpose of Religion

Dr. King argues that the purpose of religion is not to "perpetuate a dogma," but to create witnesses to the power of God. He also considers whether salvation comes from upholding a particular creed or whether it comes from an individual reconciling with God.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Essie M. Perry

Thursday, January 3, 1963
Tennessee (TN), Chicago, IL

Dora McDonald informs Mrs. Essie M. Perry to discuss Dr. King's availability to speak at Lane College for the 50th Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. King informs Mrs. McDonald that his schedule is too strenuous to engage into this wonderful opportunity.

American Foundation on Nonviolence

Friday, October 1, 1965
Lowndes County, AL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

As Honorary Chairman of the American Foundation on Nonviolence, Dr. King presents a draft letter in which he calls for individuals to tackle the issues of voter registration, non-violence training, and protection of civil rights leaders by joining the organization and serving on its Board of Directors. Dr. King himself pledges $25,000 of his Nobel Peace Prize funds to the American Foundation on Nonviolence.

Letter from Cass Canfield to MLK 7/25/1967

Tuesday, July 25, 1967
New York, NY

Cass Canfield, of Harper & Row Publishers, drafted this correspondence to Dr. King. Mr. Canfield was delighted to inform Dr. King of the impressive sales of his last book. He acknowledged that reorders for Dr. King's book came to an amazing $1,020, the best in comparison to bestsellers and wholesale stores. The book being referred to, in this document, would be Dr. King's most prophetic, entitled, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"

Pamphlet on Benjamin E. Mays

Benjamin E. Mays, the President of Morehouse College, is highlighted in this pamphlet.

The Chicago Plan

Friday, January 7, 1966
Chicago, IL, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Tennessee (TN), Indiana (IN), Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, CONGO / ZAIRE, BELGIUM, SOUTH AFRICA, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY

Dr. King makes a public statement addressing the poor economic and housing conditions in the North. Dr. King specifically identifies Chicago as the prototype for the conditions occurring within this region. He describes a three phase plan detailing how to properly address and manage the problems effectively.

Metaphysic[s]

Dr. King quotes William James’ “The Sentiment of Rationality” on Arthur Schopenhauer’s view of metaphysics.

Telegram from MLK to Sheraton Lincoln Hotel

Monday, October 9, 1967
Texas (TX)

Dr. King makes a reservation with the Sheraton Lincoln Hotel in Texas.

Letter from Gitta Gossman to MLK

Wednesday, March 24, 1965
New York (NY)

The document references earnings from Dr. King's books "Strength to Love" and "Stride Toward Freedom."

Antagonistic Letter

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Abraham Lincoln is referenced in this negative message.

Public Statement at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Wednesday, July 22, 1964
Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King speaks at a rally held for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Dr. King stresses the importance of government assistance in protecting African Americans citizens from violent actions when registering and voting during elections. In areas such as Mississippi where harassment and murders took place frequently, African Americans were in dire need of a political party that was free of racism so that they could fairly be represented in a prejudice society.

Letter from Senator Robert F. Kennedy to MLK

Thursday, March 31, 1966
Washington, D.C., VIETNAM, ISRAEL, Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Chicago, IL, Montgomery, AL, Birmingham, AL

Senator Robert Kennedy thanks Dr. King for a previous correspondence and expresses his aligned views regarding nonviolent reconciliation. Senator Kennedy believes in the preservation of dignity and freedom internationally without imposing "incessant military conflict" upon those with unaligned views. He references Dr. King's statement regarding the precedence of progress in America to that of other countries. He also wishes to hear Dr. King's reaction to a series of his speeches on "A Program for the Urban Crisis" that he has attached.

Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers

CANADA

Harvest House Limited, a publishing company, announce the release of Henry David Thoreau's essay collection regarding anti-slavery and reform.

Science

Dr. King's notecard addresses the analytical method of science. King interprets Alfred North Whitehead's "Science and the Modern World" to mean "[t]he method of science is to diversify or break up this experience into its component elements." He quotes Whitehead coining the term 'diversification of nature.'

Letter from Dora McDonald to F. Newton Miller

Tuesday, February 9, 1965
New York (NY)

In Dr. King's absence, Dora McDonald writes F. Newton Miller concerning Dr. King's appearance in Rockville Centre on February 21. McDonald encloses a copy of a letter sent to Mrs. Rose R. Silvers of the Rockville Centre Commission to clarify the misunderstanding.

Letter from John A. Bodkin to MLK

Friday, April 7, 1967
New York, NY

John Bodkin writes Dr. King regarding the speech Dr. King delivered at Riverside Baptist Church in New York detailing his views on the war in Vietnam.

Letter from MLK to Asbury Howard

Tuesday, December 13, 1966
Denver, CO, Colorado (CO)

Dr. King expresses his appreciation to Mr. Howard for a recent letter which informed him of a proposed merger of labor unions.

MLK Speaker's Contract

Monday, April 3, 1967
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Wisconsin (WI)

This Speakers Bureau Contract states that Dr. King has a speaking engagement on May 12, 1967 at the University of Wisconsin.