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SCLC Statement from Director of Communications

Monday, April 1, 1968
Memphis, TN

Tom Offenburger, SCLC spokesperson, releases a statement to the SCLC staff on future plans for the Poor People's Campaign in Memphis, Tennessee. Plans include marches and boycotts despite "brutal" actions on the behalf of Memphis police.

Around The World Pilgrimage Proposal

Tuesday, December 31, 1963
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, New York (NY), Hawaii (HI), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Mr. W Emerson Smith appoints Dr. King and Mr. Abernathy as leaders of a proposed pilgrimage around the world. Mr. Smith outlines the estimated costs and planned itinerary along with profits for the SCLC.

Letter from MLK to Robert D. Rasmussen

Monday, December 13, 1965
Pennsylvania (PA), Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL)

Dr. King writes Robert Rasmussen to express his regret for his inability to attend a Leadership Conference with the officials of the American Baptist Convention at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

SCLC Constituent to Rev. Abernathy

Thursday, May 2, 1968
New York, NY

This letter, originating from New York City in the aftermath of Dr. King's assassination, is from a supporter who is inquiring about the purchase of items relating to Dr. King's correspondence.

Spring Mobilization Committee Roundup of Nationwide Mobilization Activity

Monday, April 3, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM, Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD, California (CA), Berkeley, CA, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Connecticut (CT), New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Michigan (MI), Detroit, MI, New Hampshire (NH), Texas (TX), Iowa (IA), CANADA, Kansas (KS), Wisconsin (WI), Maine (ME), Minnesota (MN), South Dakota (SD), Ohio (OH), Indiana (IN), North Dakota (ND), Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington (WA), Missouri (MO), AUSTRALIA, Tennessee (TN), Arizona (AZ), Washington, D.C., West Virginia (WV), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Cincinnati, OH

This document outlines activities around the country leading up to the April 15 Spring Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam rally in New York City.

Jesus Christ

Dr. King references theological literature regarding the development of Christianity.

Post Card from Jerry Smith to MLK

Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Florida (FL), Birmingham, AL

Jerry Smith writes to Dr. King who is in the Birmingham Jail. Smith accuses Dr. King of not being a genuine reverend, but a communist hate monger.

Institute on Nonviolent Resistance to Segregation

Tuesday, August 11, 1959

The SCLC publishes this manifesto declaring that all eyes are focused on the South as it confronts the controversial issues of freedom and equality for Negroes. In the quest for equality, the southern Negros' plan of defense is Christian love and non-violent resistance. The document not only reveals tragic conditions in the South, but also affirms five principles by which equality can be achieved for Negro citizens.

Letter from Paul Verghese to MLK

Friday, October 21, 1966
SWITZERLAND, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Texas (TX), Dallas, TX, Missouri (MO), Kansas (KS), SWEDEN, South Africa

Father Verghese requests Dr. King provide a written statement regarding what spiritual resources he draws upon, to cope with the constant threat from elements of American Society, and how he uses this as a basis for his position on nonviolence.

Executive Director's Report

Tuesday, February 6, 1968
Washington, D.C.

William A. Rutherford sends an informal report to the SCLC Executive Board in Washington, D.C. This is Rutherford's first report as an administrator of the organization and it purposes the ways in which the SCLC can better utilize, and apply, their resources.

Letter from Paul Frumkin to MLK about Kup's Show

Monday, March 27, 1967
Chicago, IL

This letter, dated March 27, 1967, was written from Paul Frumkin to Dr. King. Paul Frumkin, producer of American Broadcasting Company's "Kup's Show," thanks Dr. King for making an appearance on "Kup's Show."

Letter of Support to SCLC from SAVE

Friday, July 7, 1967
New York, NY

Gladys Weekes states that she and her fellow members of the Southern Assistant Volunteer Effort (SAVE) are happy to again support the SCLC.

Telegram From Mrs. Mary Kru to MLK

Saturday, March 12, 1966
Illinois (IL)

In this telegram, Mrs. Mary Kru writes to Dr. King, "your plans of operation put me out of work".

Letter from Abie Williams to MLK

Thursday, February 1, 1962
New Jersey (NJ), Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Williams, a former parishioner of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, now imprisoned, bids Dr. King's pastoral advice. In addition, he requests a few of Dr. Kings books for studying purposes.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Jack H. O'Dell

Wednesday, July 3, 1963
New York (NY), New York, NY, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA

In response to recent allegations, Dr. King and members of the SCLC Administrative Committee conduct a formal investigation on Mr. O'Dell's reported association with Communist affiliates. Dr. King regrettably informs him that due to this speculation, despite lack of concrete results, he must permanently resign from his position with the SCLC's New York office.

Telegram from Nathaniel Tillman Jr. to MLK

Thursday, February 28, 1963
Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. chapter of Morehouse College Alumni invites Dr. King to speak at its first annual Public Affairs Forum. The organization suggests a topic of "The Negro 100 Years After Emancipation."

Guide for Churchmen in Interracial Conflict Situations

Wednesday, March 29, 1967
New Orleans, LA

In this document, the Southern Field Service encourages church leaders to aid in African American social justice mobilization.

Letter from Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld to MLK

Thursday, March 8, 1962
Montgomery, AL, Cleveland, OH

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld writes to Dr. King asking him to participate in a "Social Action Forum," in Cleveland, Ohio.

Peter Lombard

FRANCE

Dr. King outlines biographical information regarding theologian Peter Lombard.

Letter from Robert L. Green to Dora McDonald

Friday, November 3, 1967
Michigan (MI)

Mr. Green encloses a foreword to Dr. Neal Sullivan's book by Dr. King.

Letter from Andrew Young to Dr. and Mrs. Peretz

Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Massachusetts (MA), Cambridge, MA, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH)

Andrew Young thanks Dr. and Mrs. Peretz for their hospitality during a recent concert. He also explains that the concert, which had been designed as a fundraiser for the SCLC, did not meet financial projections.

Refinement By Fire

Mississippi (MS), Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Virginia (VA), Georgia (GA), Birmingham, AL

This brochure provides an overview of the SCLC Citizenship Education Program held at the Dorchester Community Center in Georgia.

Letter from Chauncey Eskridge to David Acton

Tuesday, November 21, 1967
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C.

This letter from Chauncey Eskridge to David Acton request the Leeds & Northrup Foundation provide a grant to the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation. Chauncey Eskridge includes a tax exempt letter and a copy of the trust instrument outlining the creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation. Both Dr. King and Mr. Bernard Jackson received a copy of this letter.

God

Dr. King records his thoughts on the book of Deuteronomy to illustrate the oneness of God.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Warren Chippindale

Wednesday, July 27, 1966
CANADA

Dr. King writes to respond to Mr. Chippindale's invitation to have Dr. King speak in Montreal. He states that due to prior engagements, he will not be able to accept the invitation.

Letter from Bayard Rustin to MLK

Los Angeles, CA

In a statement to the Democratic National Convention, the authors of this document proclaim that they are seeking freedom. They say that immediate change will only come if the elected Chief Executive is committed to giving life to the Constitution. In an attempt to achieve this, they request that all of the Presidential nominees meet the people's delegation.

Letter from MLK to Coretta Scott King

Saturday, October 1, 1960
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

In an intimate letter to Mrs. King, Dr. King informs her of his recent arrival to the State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia. He urges her "to be strong in faith" as she is also pregnant with their third child at the time. He expresses his hope for a family visit that coming Sunday, and his desire to remain intellectually engaged during his four-month sentence.

Letter from Jean Rand to MLK

Tuesday, April 4, 1967
San Francisco, CA, California (CA)

Jean Rand writes Dr. King requesting a copy of his speech regarding peace in Vietnam and sends him a monetary contribution.

Metaphysics

Dr. King notes William James' view of metaphysics.

Letter from Daniel Glantz to MLK

Friday, March 29, 1968
SWEDEN

This letter is from Daniel Glantz of Sweden. Glantz wrote the letter because he was ordered to do so by beings from outer space. According to Glantz the space beings look like angels and the angels would like to meet with Dr. King, whose mission they morally support. Glantz ends his letter by asking Dr. King if he recognizes the cosmic symbol, which is in the upper left-hand corner of the document and appears as a red circle with a white cross topped by a green triangle or pyramid.