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SCLC Press Release About a Mississippi Political Rally

Thursday, February 8, 1962
Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

This press release describes a political rally of Negro voters in Clarksdale, Mississippi at which Dr. King spoke. It declares the need for voter registration and the possibility for Mississippi to have as many as five African-American congressmen in Washington.

Letter from Time Magazine Publisher Bernhard Auer to MLK

Friday, March 22, 1963
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Bernhard Auer communicates his disappointment that Dr. King will be unavailable to attend the 40th Anniversary Dinner of Time Magazine.

Draft Letter from MLK to Mr. Smith

Dr. King writes Mr. Smith thanking him for his contribution to the SCLC. He expresses that contributions help American Negroes to "continue in the struggle for freedom and equality."

The Word of God

Dr. King references Karl Barth on the "word of God."

Letter from Benjamin E. Smith to MLK

Monday, May 7, 1962
New Orleans, LA, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Louisiana (LA), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Tennessee (TN), Nashville, TN, Montgomery, AL, Baltimore, MD, Maryland (MD), South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Tuskegee, AL, Chattanooga, TN

This report highlights a Birmingham conference on the "Ways and Means to Integrate the Deep South" sponsored by the Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc. This conference included several hundred white and black leaders who sought to integrate the South.

Letter from MLK to Quentin N. Burdick

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

Dr. King expresses gratitude to Quentin Burdick, a United States Senator from North Dakota, for supporting the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Crusade for Citizenship

Friday, October 21, 1966
Atlanta, GA

This check was issued to Chauncey Williams for his assistance with the Crusade For Citizenship's voter registration campaign.

To Set Our People Free

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Hawaii (HI), ETHIOPIA

This poem by Mrs. Eudora V. Savage is dedicated to the African American veterans of World War Two.

Letter from President of Yugoslav Baptist Union to MLK

Tuesday, January 3, 1967
FORMER YUGOSLOVIA, LIBERIA, Atlanta, GA

The President of the Yugoslav Baptist Union writes excitedly as he finds out Dr. King will be in his country. He requests that Dr. King stop by the church or his home during his short visit.

Letter from Mrs. S. M. Brock to MLK about an Inheritance

Monday, May 29, 1967
Virginia (VA)

In this letter Mrs. S.M. Brock pleads with Dr. King for assistance in recovering her mother's inheritance. The inheritance was allegedly squandered by the mother's attorney. For the assistance, Mrs. Brock offers $50,000.

Letter from Dan H. Elkind to MLK

Tuesday, August 22, 1967
Florida (FL), ISRAEL

Mr. Elkind discusses recent actions of the SNCC and the SCLC's plans for a massive civil disobedience campaign. He believes that the actions made by the SNCC will lead to violence and also "alienate" supporters of civil rights legislation. He views Dr. King's plans for a massive civil disobedience campaign to be unlawful, and therefore suggests a different approach for Dr. King to take.

Civil Rights Movement Suggestions from MLK Supporter

This note to Dr. King outlines six suggestions to address inequality and aid with employment, education and civil rights reform.

Two Noted Rights Workers Added to Staff of SCEF

New Orleans, LA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This article explains Ella J. Baker and John R. Salter were added to the New Orleans based Southern Christian Educational Fund shortly before its headquarters were raided by more than 100 policemen on October 4th.

Letter from Dr. Nickolas W. Dick to MLK

Tuesday, September 6, 1966
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King expresses regret to Dr. Dick regarding his inability to participate in a series of meetings sponsored by the Conference of Mennonites in Winnipeg, Canada.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Edith Segal

Monday, July 27, 1964
New York (NY), Mississippi (MS), Florida (FL), Alabama (AL), Brooklyn, NY, St. Augustine, FL

Dora McDonald communicates to Edith Segal that she has be referred to the letter addressed originally to Bernard Lee. Miss McDonald informs Mrs. Segal that Dr. King is unable to comment on her book due to his consistent traveling endeavors in the South for the Civil Rights Movement.

Holiday Card from Iris Ambrose to MLK

Iris Ambrose Sends Dr. King a Christmas card, in which she relays a message from a Rev. Robinson.

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 Neil Sullivan to MLK

Thursday, May 25, 1967
California (CA), Berkeley, CA

In this letter, Superintendent of Schools Neil Sullivan writes about the complete integration of the Berkeley County Public Schools.

Letter from Paul Stagg to MLK

Monday, April 22, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Atlanta, GA

Paul Stagg, Program Director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, invites Dr. King to attend their convention along with a delegation of pastors from around the country. One of the highly anticipated sessions of the convention centers around the theme, "The Gospel in a World of Revolution."

Letter from Murray Thomson to MLK

Thursday, November 2, 1967
CANADA

A representative of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, a subcommittee of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada, writes Dr. King to invite him to a "Conference for Diplomats." The sender tells Dr. King that the Conference will take place in Portland, Ontario, and emphasizes Human Rights Year. He asks Dr. King to consider being the keynote speaker for the event.

Letter from Smithsonian Institution to MLK

Friday, April 2, 1965
Washington, D.C.

S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, invites Dr. King to attend the bicentennial birthday celebration of the organization's founder, James Smithson.

MLK's Speech Notes

FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR

In these speech notes, Dr. King references the plight of the Jewish community in the Soviet Union and the silent betrayal of onlookers. John Donne is quoted in his famous excerpt, "No man is an island entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

Letter from Walter Ducey of the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission to MLK

Friday, June 26, 1964
Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA

In an effort to reduce the number of school dropouts, Walter Ducey of the Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission requests to include Dr. King in their upcoming brochure. Ducey asks to include Dr. King's photograph and a quotation from a speech he delivered at Chicago's Soldier Field which highlighted academic achievement as a necessity.

Letter from MLK to Reverend David A. Gibbons

Wednesday, June 19, 1963
Ohio (OH)

Dr. King writes this letter of appreciation to Reverend David A. Gibbons, Executive Secretary of the Denison Christian Association at Denison University. King is overjoyed to accept the $255 donation from several students and faculty members of the university. He explains the importance of the contribution and how it supports SCLC's voter registration work in Birmingham.

Buddhism

Dr. King quotes James Bissett Pratt's "The Religious Consciousness: A Psychological Study."

Letter from MLK to David Brandyberry

Friday, August 9, 1963
Ohio (OH), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Dr. King thanks Mr. Brandyberry for his recent letter and explains why the current time is "a wonderful and challenging age." He also expresses his hope that the work done in Birmingham, Alabama will bring about better race relations.

Mr. & Mrs. John Wesley Dobbs Sends Best Wishes for 1960

Atlanta, GA

This card reflects the various dates in which progress has been made in the struggle for equal rights for all. In this card Mr. & Mrs. John Wesley Dobbs also gives their best wishes for 1960.

New Books: January to July 1964

Albany, GA, Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), London, England

The publication company Hodder & Stoughton reviews Dr. King's book "Strength to Love."

Telegram from MLK to Adam Clayton Powell

Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, New York (NY), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King offers words of encouragement to Adam Clayton Powell during the loss of his seat and chairmanship in Congress.

Anonymous Letter to John B. Oakes

Friday, August 26, 1966
New York (NY)

This letter to the Editorial Page Editor of "The New York Times" features an unidentified writer presenting a rebuttal to a previous article on violence and "young Negroes." The writer identifies himself as a "dark-skin, non white" and cites examples of racial violence in other areas of the world.