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Letter from Phyllis Kaplan to Readers

Los Angeles, CA

Academic Media sends out a questionnaire to gather important data regarding financial aid programs.

"Poverty Scene"

Wednesday, June 29, 1966
California (CA), INDONESIA

This newspaper clipping features a young Jakarta girl, as the face of poverty, in Indonesia.

Handwriiten Notecard Regarding Freedom

This notecard written by Dr. Martin Luther King, cites a quote, of Tillich, regarding freedom.

Letter from Leslie Cohen to MLK

New York (NY)

Leslie Cohen informs Dr. King that Miss Egnal's eighth grade classes from Great Neck South Junior High School in New York have each elected him their "Man of the Year" over all other world leaders.

Victor Capron Requests MLK Deliver Condolences to Lt. Col. Odumeguu Ojukuu

Thursday, March 14, 1968
BELGIUM

Capron requests that Dr. King deliver a personal message of condolence to the President of Biafra, Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu. MLK's trip to Biafra in March of 1968 was canceled.

Letter from Sampson Oliver to MLK

Wednesday, May 3, 1967

Sampson Oliver writes Dr. King expressing his feelings concerning the immoral notion of Vietnam War.

Letter from MLK to Hal Lenke

Alabama (AL)

Dr. King thanks Hal Lenke for investigating the situation in Huntsville, Alabama and reporting his findings to SCLC. He is currently considering Lenke's suggestions. Lenke later coordinated press relations for Resurrection City, the Poor People’s Campaign encampment in Washington, DC.

Letter from Senora Springfied to MLK

Tuesday, September 6, 1966
Mississippi (MS)

Mrs. Senora Springfied requests that Dr. King send Leon Hall, an SCLC employee, back to Grenada, Mississippi. She praises Hall and mentions that the town needs leaders like him.

Letter from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to MLK

Friday, July 17, 1964
Georgia (GA), Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Pennsylvania (PA), Illinois (IL)

Carey B. Preston of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority thanks Dr. King for his willingness to participate in the Forty-first Boule held in Philadelphia.

American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa Memorandum

Wednesday, May 17, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, NIGERIA, Washington, D.C., UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MALAWI, ZIMBABWE, NAMIBIA

Theodore Brown, Executive Director of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, provides a progress report on ANLCA's work on Nigeria, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Southwest Africa (now Namibia). He mentions that the group offered to help the Nigerian federal government and the four regions mediate the conflict that resulted in the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War (1967-1970).

Letter from MLK to Peter Servetnyk

Thursday, July 14, 1966
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King declines an invitation from Peter Servetnyk to speak in Toronto.

MLK Statement Before the Credentials Committee of the DNC

Saturday, August 22, 1964
Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), SOUTH AFRICA, CUBA

Dr. King addresses the Democratic National Committee urging them to stand up against the inequities that prevent Negro participation in the political process in the state of Mississippi.

Letter from L. H. Stibbards to MLK

Thursday, April 1, 1965
CANADA, Selma, AL, Alabama (AL)

Mr. Stibbards sends a donation and words of encouragement from the McMaster Divinity Student's Association. He assures Dr. King that their members are at Dr. King's service.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Bodo Charles Ohly

Monday, July 17, 1967
New York (NY), Brooklyn, NY

Dr. King writes Mr. Bodo Ohly regarding the new stanza he wrote to the National Anthem.

Letter from Hubert Reaves to Ralph Abernathy

Thursday, May 2, 1968
Michigan (MI)

Rev. Ralph Abernathy was the recipient of this letter from a prison inmate. The author also makes a request for an SCLC membership form and a picture of Dr. King, as a keepsake.

MLK Notes

Dr. King expresses concern about common attitudes towards the Church. In his words, "So often people will do a good thing, and then spoil it by some ugly twist of the spirit."

Letter from B. J. Mason to President Johnson

Friday, February 9, 1968
Georgia (GA), Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL)

B. J. Mason deplores how justice is not yet color-blind, at least in Alabama. Mason states that Mr. Boykin's right to "due process of law" is being violated. Edward Boykin admitted guilt to a crime and was sentenced to death, but the trial judge had not ensured that the defendant understood the plea. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction in Boykin vs. Alabama (1968), citing the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Man's Dilemma

Dr. King states that man’s dilemma results from “the divorce of nature from the supernatural.”

L. A. Dotson Attempts to Speak with MLK

Saturday, August 19, 1967
Atlanta, GA

L. A. Dotson has made several attempts to speak with Dr. King on a personal matter. Unfortunately, Dr. King has not responded. L. A. Dotson forwards contact information to Dr. King and has taken residence at the Regency Hyatt room 226.

Letter from David W. Letts to the S.C.L.C.

Wednesday, April 10, 1968
Cleveland, OH

This letter, coupled with a donation, was sent from Baldwin-Wallace College to the S.C.L.C following Dr. King's assassination. The writer discusses the initiation of student activism that was taking place at the college in response to Dr. King's tragic death.

First Congregational Church Program

Atlanta, GA

Dr. King is listed to speak at an evening church service entitled, "The Immorality of Racial Segregation."

Letter from MLK to Carey B. Preston

Thursday, September 3, 1964
Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA

In this letter, Dr. King expresses his appreciation to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for making his visit to their convention enjoyable and for also contributing $1500.00 to the SCLC.

Letter from Carey B. Preston to MLK

Friday, August 28, 1964
Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL

Carey Preston of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, thanks Dr. King for being the public meeting speaker at their convention.

Letter from James W. Ealey to MLK

Friday, June 21, 1963
Richmond, VA, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

The Baptist Minister's conference of Richmond and vicinity writes Dr. King, enclosing a contribution of $367.20 for the expenses incurred in the Birmingham struggle.

Letter from William Mahoney to MLK

Tuesday, January 30, 1968
Washington, D.C.

William Mahoney asks Dr. King for his input on a SCLC monthly publication in which he is attempting to create. The publication would seek to educate the public on social, economic, and political problems African Americans endure.

Nietzsche

Dr. King quotes German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Receipt for Sigrid L. Sharp

Thursday, August 20, 1964
California (CA)

Acknowledging receipt of a letter and a $100 contribution to the SCLC, Dr. King sends his appreciation to Mary Sarvis. Dr. King makes reference to an enclosed receipt of the contribution.

Letter from Soma Ragir to MLK

Saturday, February 17, 1968
Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH), Louisville, KY, Kentucky (KY), New Jersey (NJ), Los Angeles, CA, California (CA)

Soma Ragir extends her support for Dr. King's planned Poor People's March on Washington, but expresses her desire for heightened political organization in order to elect black congressional members who can ultimately "reform our social system."

Bayard Rustin Statement on Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney

Tuesday, August 4, 1964
Mississippi (MS)

Baynard Rustin notes the recent violence against three Negro male volunteers in the voter registration drive. Mr. Rustin describes the death of these men as acts that violate the "constitutional rights" of the Negro people. In the hopes of Mr. Rustin, this occurence will initiate a new force of the nonviolent movement.

Memorandum from William Rutherford to Staff Members

Friday, December 29, 1967
Atlanta, GA

William Rutherford, Executive Director of SCLC, sends a memorandum to the staff informing them of a program entitled "Poverty in Mississippi," which is being broadcast on Channel UHF in the Atlanta area on January 7, 1968.