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Letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Mary Bonaventure

Ohio (OH), South Carolina (SC)

The author writes to Rev. Ralph Abernathy to express how impressed she was with the events surrounding Dr. King's funeral. She also made a lengthy request for mementos of the funeral service and Dr. King's speeches.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Courtesy Guild Fifth Anniversary

Sunday, February 14, 1965
Atlanta, GA

This document is a cover page for the program of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Courtesy Guild Fifth Anniversary. Included is a listing of Guild Officers and Ministers.


Dr. King quotes St. Augustine’s “Confessions.”

Letter from MLK to Gene Exman

Tuesday, March 19, 1963
New York, NY, Massachusetts (MA)

Dr. King responds to Eugene Exman's invitation to participate in the weekend seminar. Dr. King regrettably informs Exman that he will be unable to attend because he and his wife will be in Europe during that time.

Letter from John E. Smylie to MLK

Friday, May 31, 1963
Los Angeles, CA

In this letter, Chaplain Smylie requests for Dr. King to preach at Occidental College. Smylie states, "We would be honored to have you or one of your representatives at Occidental."

Telegram from MLK to Robert Kennedy

Washington, D.C.

Dr. King sends this telegram to Attorney General Robert Kennedy regarding Saint Augustine's refusal to desegregate its public facilities.

Letter from Andree Dwan Gipson to MLK

Wednesday, November 3, 1965
Milwaukee, WI

Andree Gipson, Director of the Human Rights Committee of the University Student Government, proposes a reception for Dr. King during his visit to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gipson also sends Dr. King a copy of the student newspaper, POST, that announces the date of Dr. King's speaking engagement.

Royalty Statement from Joan Daves to MLK

Friday, October 9, 1964
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Joan Daves sends Dr. King a royalty statement for "Stride Toward Freedom" and "Strength To Love."

St. Augustine, Florida: 400 Years of Bigotry and Hate

St. Augustine, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Massachusetts (MA), Connecticut (CT), Florida (FL)

The SCLC compiled and published this pamphlet about St. Augustine, Florida, describing a long history of racial discrimination and segregation supported by Northern tourism.



Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's view in "The Irony of American History" that "the paradise of domestic security is suspended in a hell of global insecurity."

A Supplemental Appropriation for the Office of Economic Opportunity

Atlanta, GA, New York (NY)

In this proposal, the Office of Economic Opportunity states that the Administration would like to fund the National Alliance of Businessmen out of the Office of Economic Opportunity appropriations. The Administration also doesn't wish to seek supplemental funds for special summer programs. These decisions could result in a reduction of funding in various programs like Head Start and Job Corps.

Letter from Ms. Dora Byron of Emory University to MLK

Friday, November 29, 1963
Atlanta, GA

In this letter, Ms. Byron of Emory University's Community Educational Service requests for Dr. King to appear on a new campus public service television program entitled "Profile."

Advice for Living

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Oklahoma (OK)

Dr. King addresses questions in the "Advice for Living" column published in Ebony Magazine on February 12, 1958.

Letter from Gloria Kenny to MLK

Thursday, October 20, 1966
New York (NY)

Mrs. Kenny encloses her monthly contribution of $50 to the SCLC and reports that a recent recruitment letter has resulted in 18 potential new members.

Letter from MLK to Walter Harding

Friday, November 26, 1965
New York (NY)

Dr. King expresses his deep appreciation for the dedication of Walter Hardin's book. Walter Hardin was considered a distinguished professor and scholar at State University College of Geneseo, New York.

Telegram from Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe to MLK

Friday, November 3, 1967
Texas (TX), Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Nbadiwe requests a meeting with Dr. King regarding a new proposal for the Nigeria-Biafra situation. After two coups earlier that year in Nigeria, Biafra seceded and civil war erupted.

Photograph of MLK Receiving Honorary Degree

Monday, June 1, 1959
Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA)

This photograph shows Dr. King receiving an honorary degree from Boston University.

Letter from Charles J. Benner to MLK

Monday, December 5, 1966
Illinois (IL), Detroit, MI, Selma, AL, Ohio (OH)

Dr. King is adversely described in this letter and accused of being a communist by Charles Benner. He further slanders the Negro race and objects to the current national movements lead by Dr. King.

Letter from W. Warner Beckett to MLK

Friday, June 23, 1967
California (CA), Montgomery, AL

Mr. Beckett, a publisher at New Lady Magazine, writes to Dr. King requesting that he lead an "armada" of people with the intent of focusing on businesses and industries. Mr. Beckett believes that Negroes and concerned whites should fight against large businesses by "diverting money from key industries."

Telegram from Phil Lenud to MLK

Sunday, December 18, 1966
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Phil Lenud sends a telegram to Dr. King expressing that Reverend Andrew Young will telegraph him.

Gregory the Great (540-604)


Dr. King outlines historical information regarding Gregory the Great otherwise known as Pope Gregory I.

Letter from Melvin W. Trent to Dr. King

Virginia (VA)

An individual desiring to remain anonymous, writes Dr. King expressing his concern with employment discrimination and his belief that Dr. King can change things.

Letter from Mike Van Ryan to Reverend Ralph Abernathy

Monday, April 8, 1968

Mike Van Ryn addresses this correspondence to Rev. Ralph Abernathy with an enclosure of $20 for the work of SCLC.

Ritschl (God)

Dr. King quotes Albrecht Ritschl’s “The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation.”

Newsletter from Rev. Ellis Vanderbilt

Wednesday, May 1, 1968
South Carolina (SC)

On April 14, 1968, a group of Black and White Christians met to form the first integrated Baptist Church in South Carolina. The congregation bought an abandoned church, however, the church members needed additional financial assistance, so the Reverend Vanderbilt solicited contributions of at least $100.00.

Letter from Rev. Jesse H. Williams to MLK

Tuesday, July 20, 1965
Pennsylvania (PA)

Reverend Jesse H. Williams, Pastor of Saint Luke Community Christian Church, invites Dr. King to speak at his church.

Letter from MLK's Secretary to Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr.

Wednesday, November 18, 1964
NORWAY, Oslo, Norway, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King's secretary sends information to Dr. King's parents regarding their upcoming trip to Oslo, Norway.

Letter from Usher Board of Saint Luke Community Church to MLK

Thursday, December 24, 1964
Pennsylvania (PA)

The Usher Board of the Saint Luke Community Christian Church invites Dr. King to be a guest speaker at their church.

Amsterdam News: The Measure of A Man - Jackie Robinson

Thursday, September 20, 1962
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King describes his interpretation on the life and efforts of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson to further the cause of Social Justice in America.

Statement by Dr. Robert W. Spike on the Mississippi Seating Challenge

Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS)

Reverend Dr. Robert W. Spike writes a statement concerning a plan to dismiss a seating challenge in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reverend Spikes discusses the political inadequacies concerning the denial of the Mississippi residents right to vote. Following the seating of the delegation, an investigation commenced to ensure the political legitimacy.