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Letter from E. H. Singmaster to MLK

Thursday, May 18, 1967
Florida (FL)

E.H. Singmaster informs Dr. King that they should "hang together" and not separate in war and peace. He advocates that those involved in the military are "improved," regardless of color or gender.

Letter from Sandy F. Ray Regarding "Holy Land Pilgrimage"

Monday, July 17, 1967

Sandy F. Ray, president of Concreta Tours writes a letter sharing the details concerning Dr. King's Holy Land Pilgrimage. She explains that an office representative recently returned from the Middle East "with first hand information regarding tour conditions there." This document includes a report on hotels, roads, inhabitants, and basic information permitting travel to Israel and the West Bank of Jordan.

Letter from Bishop P. Randolph Shy to MLK

Friday, August 11, 1967
Atlanta, GA, California (CA)

Presiding Bishop of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, P. Randolph Shy, declines Dr. King's invitation to attend an upcoming convention. Bishop Shy mentions that he will make a contribution "through our churches to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference."

53rd Annual NAACP Convention

Tuesday, June 5, 1962
New York, NY, Texas (TX), Michigan (MI), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), Georgia (GA)

Serving as an itinerary for the 53rd Annual NAACP Convention, this document outlines the schedule, location, and speakers of the seven-day event.

Letter from L. K. Jackson to MLK

Wednesday, May 29, 1963
Atlanta, GA, Indiana (IN), Louisville, KY, Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, PA, Missouri (MO), Chicago, IL

Rev. Jackson updates Dr. King on his recent activities, how hard he has been fighting for equality for all Americans, and regrets to inform him that he is ill.


Dr. King records one atheist’s perspective on man.

Letter from Prof. D. Martin Fischer to MLK

Berlin, Germany

Professor Fischer writes a word to the American people urging them to be merciful in their acts and deeds, especially as pertains to the Vietnam war.

Report from Morehouse College President to the Board of Trustees

Thursday, November 9, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Missouri (MO), California (CA), Michigan (MI)

In this report Hugh M. Gloster, the new President of Morehouse College presents his report to the Board of Trustees for the 1967-68 academic school year. In this report he addresses daily activities of the college, student body, new programs, enrollment, college faculty, grants and incentives received by Morehouse. He also addresses the goal for the college to raise 11 million by the year 1970 for its endowment.

Letter from Berta Reller to MLK

Monday, October 23, 1967
Brooklyn, NY, Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI

Berta Reller writes a letter to Dr. King regarding an article she has enclosed. The letter discusses recent riots and that extremists from the left and right wings are motivating them. Reller believes that there should be more focus on education.


Dr. King outlines his views on evil and categorizes it into three types.

Letter from John Thomas Porter to MLK

Thursday, June 28, 1962
Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO, Michigan (MI), Birmingham, AL

Mr. Porter, pastor of First Baptist Institutional Church, writes to Dr. King concerning a previously discussed letter of recommendation. The letter will address a vacant pastoral position in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Church

Dr. King writes a note on the Church, calling it the "center of hope."

Letter from Martin Paryer to MLK

Tuesday, August 9, 1966
New York, NY

Martin Paryer wrote Dr. King this letter to respond to his July form letter, stating that he finds Black Power and the violence associated with it to be detrimental to the nonviolent Civil Rights campaign. He further states that poverty is not only a Negro problem, but also a problem of all races.

Letter from Reverend Charles G. Adams to a Fellow Minister about the Concord Towers Campaign

Monday, March 25, 1968
Boston, MA

In this letter, Rev. Charles G. Adams requests financial donations to be used for the Concord Towers Campaign in Boston, which is a campaign to benefit certain families currently living in substandard dwellings.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Monday, March 13, 1967
New York, NY

Joan Daves informs Dr. King that Constance Webb would to ask him questions regarding the biography she is writing on Richard Wright.

Letter from Doug Dodge to MLK

Wednesday, February 28, 1968

Mr. Doug Dodge writes Dr. King to request his help in identifying an appropriate role in the Civil Rights Movement for a young white male who is seeking to get involved.

Royalty Statement from Harper & Row Publishers

Here Harper and Row Publishers itemize the royalties from Dr. King's "Stride Toward Freedom" for a total of $689.44.

Postcard Sent to MLK

Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA

This unsigned postcard sent from Memphis, Tennessee depicts Dr. King and Lyndon B. Johnson pulling down a judge who symbolizes justice.

Letter from Cantor Solomon Mendelson to Dora McDonald

Tuesday, February 1, 1966
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Cantor Mendelson of Congregation Beth Sholom writes to Miss McDonald requesting some of Dr. King's biographical material. Cantor Mendelson also informs her that he has met with Dr. King's attorney, Clarence Jones, to discuss the "I Have A Dream" as a "basis of a musical work."

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.

Letter from Rev. Robert E. DuBose, Jr. to MLK

Thursday, June 30, 1966
Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Robert E. DuBose Jr. offers a prayer to Dr. King, after his march in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. DuBose was not able to attend the march.

Schleiermacher (Relation of Morality to Religion)

Dr. King outlines Friedrich Schleiermacher's view on the relation of morality to religion.

Show Business Salute to Danny Stradella

Wednesday, September 6, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Joey Adams invites Dr. King to attend the AGVA Youth Fund dinner featuring Danny Stradella.

Knudson, Albert

Dr. King references Albert Knudson's "The Doctrine of Redemption."

The A. Philip Randolph Institute

New York, NY

The A. Philip Randolph Institute was organized to mobilize labor, religious and other groups in support of the civil rights movement. Dr. King was a member of the Advisory Board.

Flight Schedule Proposal for MLK and Party

Atlanta, GA, Oslo, Norway, London, England, FRANCE, Stockholm, Sweden, New York (NY), DENMARK

Henderson Travel Service, Inc. created this suggested flight schedule for Dr. King, Ralph D. Abernathy, Andrew Young, Bernard Lee, and Dora McDonald.

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

Friday, February 11, 1966

Dr. King regretfully informs Murray Thomson that he cannot accept his invitation to Toronto due to his prior commitments for the month of June.

Hints on Religious Music for Radio

New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, New York (NY)

This pamphlet, written by Charles Schmitz, acknowledges the impact of music on religious radio. Schmitz maintains that music helps establish the purpose of religious radio programs and that certain musical selections have the power to create Christian mood and comfort. This pamphlet gives instructions on how best to implement music.

Letter from Peter P. Bland to MLK

Sunday, April 3, 1966
London, England, Montgomery, AL, UNITED KINGDOM, Alabama (AL)

Peter Bland seeks Dr. King's autograph to add to his collection.

David T. Doherty Letter of Request to Dr. King

Friday, February 10, 1967
California (CA)

Mr. Deherty, a PH.D candidate at Stanford University, asks Dr. King if he will answer a few questions regarding the influence of Henry David Thoreau on his philosophy of non-violence.