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Notecard Containing MLK's Handwriting Regarding Democracy

On this handwritten notecard, Dr. King outlines Ralph Barton Perry's views on Democracy. 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.

Redwood City, CA Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 1967
Berkeley, CA, Pennsylvania (PA)

At the bottom of this clipping, from the Redwood City, California Tribune, is a brief update on the release of Dr. King's final book. The book entitled: "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?", according to the tribune, anticipated that it would be a very must-read publication.

Old Bull, The Great Violinist

Dr. King relates the mishap of a great violinist, during a concert, to the general act of overcoming obstacles in life.

Letter from Ernest Shaefer to Dora McDonald

Saturday, March 18, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Pennsylvania (PA)

Ernest Shaefer, Executive Secretary for the Hadley Executive Committee, writes Miss McDonald to finalize a date and place for Dr. King to give a lecture in support of the Hadley Memorial Fund.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Hugh D. Daugherty

Wednesday, February 14, 1968
Michigan (MI)

Dr. King, in this correspondence, took the opportunity to thank Mr. Hugh Daugherty for his contribution to SCLC. He apologized for the delay in response, due to receiving numerous mail, while at the same time being short staffed. Furthermore, the letter acknowledged that Mr. Daugherty's contribution assisted in helping SCLC staff focus on voter registration in the South and working in the ghettos of the North.

Letter from Mrs. Aaron Oliver to MLK

Monday, June 29, 1964
California (CA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King extends his heart-felt appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Oliver for their hospitality during his visit to San Diego.

Evil

Dr. King quotes James Ward's "The Realm of Dr. King quotes James Ward's "The Realm of Ends" on the subject of evil.

Why We Can't Wait Title

New York, NY

This document is a portion of a newspaper that contains the title "Why We Cant Wait" by Martin Luther King Jr.

Public Statement by the Albany Movement

Tuesday, January 23, 1962
Albany, GA, Georgia (GA), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The statement from the Albany Movement addresses issues of racial injustice and stresses the importance of equality for all.

Letter from Ram Aurangabadkar and Dinkar Sakrikar to MLK

Tuesday, June 7, 1966
INDIA

The Sarvajanik Kalyan Samiti society praises Dr. King for effectively using the method of "mass civil resistance" developed by Mahatma Gandhi. As a token of appreciation, the society would like to donate a bust of Mahatma Gandhi to be installed in a children's park in the United States. The society requests that Dr. King arrange the installment.

Pride of Achievement

Dr. King quotes II Chronicles 26:15 regarding King Uzziah and cites Ralph Sockman’s “The Higher Happiness.”

Letter from Charles Daly to Dr. King

Sunday, April 10, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Charles Daly is attaching an article from the 1966 issue of the University of Chicago Magazine that he thought would be of interest to Dr. King.

Western Union Telegram from Willie Bascomb to Dr. King

Wednesday, September 24, 1958
Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, New York (NY), New York, NY

Willie Bascomb, of Montgomery, Alabama, addressed this telegram to Dr. King, wishing him a full recovery and well wishes.

Letter from Harriet C. Kelley to MLK

Monday, January 8, 1962
Indiana (IN)

Ms. Kelley explains to Dr. King why she cannot send a contribution to him. She is on a limited income and already donates both to the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund.

Letter from MLK to Alice Sargent

Tuesday, November 26, 1963
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King responds to an invitation to speak at Temple University from the Assistant Director of Student Activities. He states that he enjoys speaking with college and university students, he gracefully declines the invitation due to his civil rights commitments in the South. He also addresses Mrs. Sargent's question presented in her letter regarding the role Temple University can play in the Civil Rights Movement. He tells her that Rev. C.T. Vivian, Dr.

The Negro

Atlanta, GA

This poem describes the strength and perseverance of the Negro during difficult times.

Telegram from MLK to Andrew Heiskell and A. Philip Randolph

Washington, D.C.

Dr. King informs Mr. Heiskell and Mr. Randolph that he will not be able to attend the emergency convocation. He also notes why this convocation is needed.

Letter from New York Third Grader Debbie Bass to MLK

Tuesday, April 6, 1965
New York (NY), Alabama (AL)

Third grade student Debbie Bass chose Dr. King for her writing assignment. Bass feels that Dr. King was the right individual chosen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She also conveys her frustration towards Alabama Governor George Wallace for not allowing Negroes to vote.

Letter from Thomas Baker to Mrs. King

Friday, April 5, 1968
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Thomas Baker, a student in New York City, sends his condolences to Mrs. King the day after Dr. King's assassination.

Letter from E.M. Fruchter to MLK Regarding Hotel Reservations

Monday, December 12, 1966

E.M. Fruchter is notifying Dr. King of the hotel accomodations made on his behalf. He list the cost of the rooms per night and request a fifty-dollar deposit from Dr. King.

Letter from Dr. Helen Curth to the MLK Memorial Fund

Thursday, April 11, 1968
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Dr. Curth encloses a donation for the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund. She requests that a receipt for $5 be sent to each of her two grandsons so that they may feel connected to Dr. King's memory.

Long Beach Dispatch: American Talking Back

California (CA), VIETNAM

In this letter to the editor, Mr. Joseph Holmes uses rhetorical questions and graphic imagery to illustrate respective positions on the Vietnam War.

Letter from MLK to Hattie Brown

Thursday, July 15, 1965
New York (NY)

Dr. King writes Hattie Brown, President of the Women's Society at Tremont Baptist Church, expressing his deep appreciation to Reverend Ruland and the members of the Society for their financial contribution to the SCLC.

Letter from Clement Alexandre to MLK

Tuesday, September 23, 1958
New York (NY), New York, NY

Clement Alexandre sent Dr. King this get well letter following his nearly fatal 1958 stabbing in Harlem.

Congressional Record Regarding Antipoverty Funding

Wednesday, December 6, 1967

This Congressional Record documents a statement regarding the antipoverty bill. The statement, made to the public by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, urged Congress to support funding towards eradicating poverty for both black and white citizens.

Birmingham Manifesto

Birmingham, AL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This document boldly declares the stance of the oppressed Negro population of Birmingham, Alabama. Critiquing the validity of democracy, this manifesto speaks to the unjust treatment of the Negro as a second class citizen, including being "segregated racially, exploited economically, and dominated politically."

Messianic Hope

Dr. King writes these notes on "Messianic Hope" from Isaiah 11:6 and 11:8. He quotes Ludwig Feuerbach, a German philosopher, from his work "The Essence of Religion."

Letter from Prins Gunasekara to MLK

Sunday, December 5, 1965

A member of the Ceylon, Colombo Parliament sends Dr. King two books for inspiration. He encourages Dr. King to continue in the struggle for freedom and hopes that reading the books will renew Dr. King's commitment.

Letter from Mary L. Rhett to MLK

Thursday, May 4, 1967
South Carolina (SC)

Mary Rhett writes Dr. King informing him that she has a very important matter to discuss with him regarding the civil rights struggle.

Letter from Mary Whiteside to MLK

Monday, May 7, 1962
Washington (WA)

Ms. Whiteside, treasurer of the Democratic Club of Paseo, Washington, encloses a check to help Dr. King with "organizing and tutoring." The club decided to send the funds after reading a letter one of its members received from Dr. King.