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List of Historical Theologians and Events

Here, Dr. King lists a series of historical theologians and events dating from the second to nineteenth centuries.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Gus Efroymson

Thursday, January 28, 1965
Massachusetts (MA)

Dr. King expresses his deep appreciation to Mr. Gus Efroymson for the contribution of $100.00 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Letter from Wilbur C. Davis to MLK

Tuesday, February 8, 1966
Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL, Washington, D.C.

Wilbur C. Davis writes Dr. King seeking prayer for him and his family. Davis also includes a poem that he wrote regarding Dr. King's life and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Worship

Dr. King defines worship.

Letter From Martin Peretz to MLK

Tuesday, November 8, 1966
Massachusetts (MA)

Martin Peretz asks Dr. King for an autograph while commending his courage in the struggle for justice and peace.

Refinement by Fire

Mississippi (MS), Tennessee (TN), Georgia (GA), Virginia (VA), Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Michigan (MI), Detroit, MI, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Louisiana (LA), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Texas (TX), New Orleans, LA

R. Elizabeth Johns describes the events surrounding voter registration in the South and tactics used by civil rights and opposition leaders.

Invitation from Earl S. Smith to MLK

Tuesday, July 27, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), URUGUAY

Earl S. Smith invites Dr. King to speak at Montevideo, Uruguay on the methods of nonviolence in Latin America.

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Nels F. S. Ferre's "Faith and Reason."

Memorandum from James Framer to CORE Group Leaders

Monday, September 25, 1961
New York, NY, Mississippi (MS)

Jamer Framer, National Director of CORE, outlines several examples of legal and "extra-legal" harrassment of CORE and Freedom Riders by Mississippi officials.

MLK's Public Statement Regarding Julian Bond

Tuesday, January 12, 1965
Georgia (GA)

Dr. King expresses his indignation for the State Legislatures refusal to seat Representative-Elect Julian Bond. Dr. King asserts that there are obvious racial overtones in the State Legislatures decisions since Mr. Bond received 82 percent of the votes in his district. Dr. King will commence direct action due to the state of urgency.

Letter from Betty Morton to MLK

Sunday, October 8, 1967
Selma, AL

Betty Morton of Selma, Alabama writes to solicit help from Dr. King. She also informs him of her hardships with school and her family.

Letter from I.M. Sternberg to MLK

Wednesday, December 1, 1965

I.M. Sternberg, Western Electric Public Affairs Representative, poses four questions regarding the social conditions of Blacks. Sternberg requests feedback from Dr. King in order to raise awareness and to promote social justice activism among company employees.

Letter from MLK to Wallace F. Bennett

Tuesday, June 23, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King expresses gratitude to Wallace F. Bennett, a United States Senator from Utah, for supporting the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Press Release from the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty

Sunday, January 15, 1967
Washington, D.C., New York (NY), Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Michigan (MI), Texas (TX), Ohio (OH), Columbus, OH

The Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty releases a letter to President Johnson signed by numerous civil rights, labor, religious and community action groups calling for him to take leadership in the War on Poverty by increasing funding. The press release also announces a January 26 national meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the War on Poverty.

Letter from Major E. Smith to MLK

Tuesday, April 6, 1965
Detroit, MI, Alabama (AL)

Rev. Major Smith briefly informs Dr. King of the support he has given Dr. King's program and asks him to reconsider the Alabama Boycott. He explains that he does not agree with this decision and states that this may cost him some supporters.

Right & Wrong

Dr. King quotes James Martineau’s “Types of Ethical Theory, Volume II.”

Unsigned Letter of Support

Monday, December 25, 1967

The following document is a letter of support and encouragement written to Dr. King, the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Letter from J.H. Wheeler to MLK

Monday, October 25, 1965
Atlanta, GA

The secretary of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees writes to Dr. King, enclosing the minutes of their meeting of April 10, 1965.

Letter from Mrs. G. Wayne

VIETNAM, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. G. Wayne, a white American mother, expresses support for Cassius Clay and everyone who denounces the Vietnam War.

Memo from Gloria Fraction to Andrew Young

Friday, June 17, 1966
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Gloria Fraction states Dr. Dorothy Sutton Branch spoke with Dr. King about meeting a group in Lawndale. She also inquires of Andrew Young when Dr. King would be available for an interview with a reporter.

Letter from a Supporter of MLK

An anonymous person pleads with Dr. King to not accept a rumored government job that was offered to him, in exchange of his plans to alleviate poverty.

Fascism

Dr. King paraphrases one of Benito Mussolini's thoughts on fascism in "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism.

Crisis of Culture

Dr. King refers to his note card on "morality" and cites an example of the crisis of culture.

Revised School Desegregation Policies Under Civil Rights Act of 1964

Thursday, December 1, 1966

This document, published by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, gives revised policies for school desegregation. The list of areas covered includes unequal programs and facilities, desegregation of staff and dismissals.

Notecard on Philosophy

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines Herbert Spencer's views on philosophy. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verses.

MLK's Mandate for White Christians Review

Thursday, December 2, 1965
Richmond, VA

Dr. King provides a review for Kyle Hazelden's book, "Mandate for White Christians." In his review he gives an overview of the book's content, along with his opinion on its value.

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."

Letter from Gertrude Jimerson to MLK

Tuesday, February 19, 1963
Ohio (OH)

Gertrude Jimerson requests biographical information for Dr. King.

Stichting Werkgroep Wereldunie Writes to MLK

Monday, December 18, 1967
NETHERLANDS, SWITZERLAND

Johan Keijser, writing for the Board of the Foundation of Stichting Werkgroep Wereldunie, sends a letter to Dr. King. It includes a list of names of those whom the group has invited to form a committee of support for their efforts in creating a "provisional world government." The list includes artists, intellectuals, national government leaders, and religious leaders from all over the world. Remarkably, it also includes "father of the hydrogen bomb" Edward Teller.

Letter from Walter E. Sanford to MLK

Wednesday, February 19, 1964
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Walter Sanford, Labor Adviser for the United States Department of Labor, writes Dora McDonald regarding Mr. John Dube's visit to Atlanta. In Dr. King's absence, Dube will meet with his Executive Assistant, Wyatt T. Walker, to discuss the structure of the SCLC and techniques employed to "promote improved civil rights for the Negroes in the US."