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Letter from E.B. Putnam to MLK

Washington, D.C.

Mrs. E.B. Putnam writes Dr. King regarding her concerns with the Communist Party's presence in America. She believes they are using race issues to gain power. The author also tells Dr. King that he should focus on leading people to Christ and not on race relations.

Notes on Atlanta Housing Hearing

Friday, April 10, 1959
Washington, D.C., California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), New York (NY), New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL), Texas (TX), Dallas, TX

This document contains the United States Commission on Civil Rights notes on an Atlanta Housing hearing. The Commission believes that Atlanta will present "new aspects of the problem." The Commission is also collecting information to determine whether equal opportunity in housing is denied due to discrimination. Also included are questions the Commission plans to ask regarding housing.

Letter from Joseph A. Howell to MLK

Tuesday, December 12, 1967
Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Howell requests that Dr. King support the efforts of the United Church of Christ to stop smoking in America.

Telegram from Dora McDonald to Hans Massaquoi

Chicago, IL

In this telegram, Dora McDonald writes to Mr. Massaquoi from Ebony Magazine, informing him that Dr. King is not left handed.

Letter from MLK to Zelma George

Wednesday, November 6, 1963
Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH

Dr. King thanks Zelma George and her husband for their hospitality while he visited Cleveland.

Letter from Dr. C. O. Simpkins to MLK

Friday, March 19, 1965
New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Baltimore, MD, Maryland (MD)

Dr. Simpkins writes Dr. King to discuss the actions he has taken to end discrimination in the Dental Society. He expresses that a letter from national leaders like Dr. King would assist him greatly in his endeavors with the American Dental Association.

Letter from Mr. & Mrs. Ericson to MLK

Thursday, February 22, 1968

Mr. and Mrs. Ericson are expressing their immense support for Dr. King and his humanitarianism. They stress the importance to look beyond the racial lines and focus on a more cohesive world community.

Letter from Jan A. Hatch & Norman A. Bacon to MLK

Tuesday, February 23, 1965
Massachusetts (MA), Selma, AL

Jan Hatch and Norman Bacon, white citizens of Athol, Massachusetts, write Dr. King inquiring about how they can contribute to the fight for racial equality. They inform him of the non-existent Negro population in Athol and request information on how to join the NAACP if it is conducive to their movement and financial limitations.

Telegram from W. L. Bentley to MLK

Philadelphia, PA

W. L. Bentley expresses to Dr. King that his ill health prevents him from being present. He also requests to enroll and would like to be forwarded the cost.

Letter from Edward J. Warren to Senator Jacob K Javits

Friday, March 16, 1962
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, New York (NY)

Mr. Warren writes to Senator Javits to confirm receipt of a previous correspondence. He expresses gratitude for Javits position on Human Rights.

Letter from C. I. C. Bosanquet to MLK

Monday, October 2, 1967
London, England, Atlanta, GA

C. I. C Bosanquet, Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, expresses delight in Dr. King upcoming visit to receive an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree. He sends Dr. King a lists possible transportation options from London to the university and inquires about the length of his stay.

Telegram from MLK to Family of Marshall Shepherd

Friday, February 24, 1967
Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. King offers condolences and encouragement to the bereaved family of Marshall Shepherd, a Minister at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Church in Philadelphia. Due to a previous commitment, Dr. King will be unable to attend the funeral.

Thank You Note to Martin Luther King Jr. from Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Sunday, July 30, 1967

This letter was written to Dr.King from the Mt.Olive Baptist Church. They were sending a donation to the SCLC and thanking them for rebuilding their church that had been burned.

Royalty Statement for MLK from Joan Daves

New York, NY

In this royalty statement, Joan Daves provides a detailed report of earnings for the British edition of Dr. King's book "Strength to Love."

My Jewish Brother

Wednesday, February 2, 1966

Dr. King responds to a recent anti-Semitic remark made by a fellow civil rights leader. He discusses the need for Hebrew prophets to revitalize the moral conscious of society. "Let justice roll down like the waters of righteousness as a might stream."

Letter from Blanche Shropshire to MLK

Saturday, November 11, 1967
New York (NY)

Mrs. Shropshire expresses her gratitutde to Dr. King for his inspiring words at an address delivered in Buffalo, New York.

61:19 General Correspondence 1961 (R)

Tuesday, October 24, 1961
Michigan (MI), Georgia (GA)

Maude Reid request a manuscript copy of Dr. King's speech at New Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Letter from MLK to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kuhlman about Support

Illinois (IL)

In this letter Dr. King expresses his belated gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuhlman for their letter of support. Dr. King also comments on nonviolence and the war in Vietnam.

Letter from Roy Wilkins to MLK

Friday, January 5, 1968

Roy Wilkins, of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, wrote Dr. King to explain his increasing concern over the violence in Nigeria. Wilkins requests Dr. King's presence for a meeting with Nigerian Leaders to discuss the possibilities of ending the hostilities.

Letter from MLK to A.S. Grant

Dr. King thanks Elder Grant for the kind remarks from his previous letter and lets him know that due to the business of his schedule as the President of the SCLC, he is unable to devote attention to Grant's proposal.

Letter from Gerald G. Fenn to MLK


In this letter, Geraldine Fenn described the many ventures that occurred the previous year. Her main focus was on 4-H and combining agriculture with race relations. She felt that by understanding and respecting people from different backgrounds, it could then lead to a collective of peace and love.

Man's Struggle for Freedom

Sunday, June 25, 1967
Chicago, IL, Montgomery, AL, Mississippi (MS), Selma, AL, Wisconsin (WI)

The "Chicago Tribune" reviews Dr. King's book "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"

You and the Poor People's Campaign

Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Selma, AL, Mississippi (MS), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Greenwood, MS

This document contains detailed information regarding the Poor People's Campaign. This document also discusses the Satyagraha movement, a nonviolent movement that means "truth force."

What Is a Cause

Dr. King quotes Alfred North Whitehead's "Principles of Natural Knowledge."

Memorandum from Ralph D. Abernathy to SCLC Board Members and Executive Staff

Friday, January 6, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Chicago, IL

Rev. Ralph Abernathy informs the board members and executive staff of SCLC that Dr. King is taking a leave of absence for two months to write his book, "Where Do We Go From Here?" During Dr. King's absence, Rev. Abernathy took over the activities of the SCLC.

Letter from MLK to Joe C. Sullivan Jr.

Wednesday, July 1, 1964
Texas (TX)

Dr. King thanks Joe Sullivan for his previous correspondence supporting the civil rights movement and the implementation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. King expresses how he will use nonviolence against those who believe in segregation.

The Concordia Lutheran: First Quarter 1968

Oregon (OR), Milwaukee, WI, South Dakota (SD), Missouri (MO), Wisconsin (WI), NORWAY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

The Concordia Lutheran Conference distributed a newsletter to aid fellow Lutherans. The purpose was to provide various Bible verses and teachings that could be applied to the reader's life.

Letter from Wyatt T. Walker to Ella

Wednesday, July 22, 1959
Atlanta, GA

Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker provides his appraisal regarding an earlier proposal by Spelman College to create an Institute on Nonviolence. Walker addresses the letter to Ella describing several categories of interest pertaining to the organization of this event.

Letter of Commitment to Reverend Jesse Jackson from John Wooten

Friday, February 10, 1967
Chicago, IL

John Wooton expresses the commitment of the Negro Industrial Economic Union towards the efforts of Reverend Jesse Jackson and SCLC's Operation Breadbasket.


Dr. King references God and quotes theologian Paul Tillich from "Systematic Theology: Reason and Revelation."