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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.

Letter from Student Mobilization Committee

New York, NY, New York (NY), VIETNAM, San Francisco, CA

The Student Mobilization Committee petitions for help to protest the war in Vietnam.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Blandena Lee Kossodo

Tuesday, November 29, 1966
SWITZERLAND, Geneva, Switzerland

Dora McDonald writes Blandena Lee Kossodo expressing that Dr. King is honored to have been offered to write the introduction to her book. However, Dr. King has to decline because he is writing his own book and for other publications.

Letter from Ralph J. Bunch to Raphael Gould

Thursday, May 13, 1965
New York (NY)

Though Ralph J. Bunche agrees with the "Unique Value and Importance of Education for Peace", he is unsure to the effectiveness of the principle.

Thank You Letter from MLK to Lilace Reid Barnes

Monday, May 23, 1966
Illinois (IL)

Dr. King expresses his deep appreciation for the contribution made by Lilace Barnnes to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. King states that without the contributions from supporters the initiatives of the SCLC would not be possible.

Letter from William Harris Jr and Others to MLK

Wednesday, October 2, 1963
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL

The DeMolay Cosistory, No.1 convey their sympathies for the four girls killed in a church bombing. The organization pledges to take action to demand rights and equality for all.

Telegram to MLK from Harold E. Fey with The Christian Century

Tuesday, March 6, 1956
Chicago, IL

In this letter, Harold Fey empathizes with Dr. King and his struggle in the fight against injustice. He offers words of encouragement and to continue the ongoing battle.

Invitation from Saint Vincent College to MLK

Friday, March 8, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Ralph J. Hils Jr., Director of Assemblies, invites Dr. King to address the student body at St. Vincent's College. He shares a local encounter with discrimination against their American and African Negro students. Mr. Hils outlines the history of the college and provides the names of other prominent visitors of the campus.

Letter from John A.McDermott to MLK

Thursday, January 27, 1966
Chicago, IL, Alabama (AL), Atlanta, GA

John A. McDermott, Executive Director of the Catholic Interracial Council, invites Dr. King to be a special guest of honor at the annual John F. Kennedy Award Dinner. Theodore C. Sorenson, former Special Counsel to the late President Kennedy, will be the principal speaker at this event. Dr. King received the award two years earlier.

Letter from Henry H. Arrington to Paul Whelehon about P. Ballantine & Sons Employment of Negroes

Thursday, January 12, 1967
Florida (FL), New Jersey (NJ)

The letter references letters between Arrington and John Farrell, regarding the employment of a Negro representative. Mr. Kiah Sayles, a representative of P. Ballantine & Sons, explained that P. Ballantine & Sons was the first company to hire Negro models which elevated Negroes in executive positions. Sayles went on to explain the liberal hiring policy of Coyle Beverage, a distributor of P. Ballantine and Sons.

Letter from Maynard Gertler to MLK

Wednesday, November 13, 1963
CANADA, Atlanta, GA

Maynard Gertler writes Dr. King requesting a copy of his speech given during the March on Washington. Additionally Gertler requests speeches by Baynard Rustin and A. Philip Randolph. Gertler also mentions that he was present when Dr. King spoke in Montreal last year.

Letter from Leon Levy to MLK

Tuesday, December 26, 1961
New York (NY)

Leon Levy congratulates Dr. King on his leadership and the efforts of the SCLC. Mr. Levy contributes to the organization and states that he follows Dr. King's work with interest.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ozell Sutton

Wednesday, July 1, 1964
Arkansas (AR), Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL

Ms. McDonald responds to Mr. Sutton's request for seventy-five copies of Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail." She regretfully informs the sender that their office is out of re-prints; however she suggests that he obtain copies of Dr. King's book "Why We Can't Wait" in which the Letter from the Birmingham Jail is printed.

Letter from Marie Brookter to MLK

Friday, February 9, 1968
Chicago, IL, New York (NY), Illinois (IL), Washington, D.C.

Marie Brookter offers Dr. King "information as to the needs of the Poor" in preparation for the upcoming March of Poor People to Washington.

Letter from MLK to Michael Joesph Mansfield

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

Dr. King thanks Senator Mansfield for his support in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Letter from MLK to Maurine B. Neuberger

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

Dr. King writes Oregon Senator Maurine B. Neuberger to express gratitude for her support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Memorandum from MLK to SCLC

Saturday, February 8, 1958
Atlanta, GA

In this memorandum to the representatives of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King encloses two resolutions that the Executive Board approved. The resolutions state that a letter should be sent to Senator Thomas C. Hennings and Attorney General William P. Rogers. Dr. King suggests that the resolutions be adopted at all of the SCLC's mass meetings, scheduled for February 12th.

Letter from Gregory Williams to MLK

Thursday, February 29, 1968
Des Moines, IA, Iowa (IA)

Eleven-year-old Gregory Williams expresses his admiration and support for Dr. King's leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.

Appeal to Community Business People

Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

This document is a letter from the Greater Chicago Scavenger Association to Negro citizens. The letter informs the citizens of the beneficial affect that The Greater Chicago Scavenger Association can have on them and their community.

Law Suit Against Wrens Nest

Wednesday, October 11, 1967
Georgia (GA)

This letter from Mrs. A. L. Wilkinson to a lawyer, is urging this person to help a man to win his case against tha Association responsible for keeping Negroes from entering the Wren's Nest in Atlanta.

Letter from Hester DeLacy to MLK

Los Angeles, CA

Hester De Lacy contributes to the SCLC and expresses an urgent need for written copies of Dr. King's speeches. Mr. De Lacy informs Dr. King that he would prefer a copy of a speech delivered to a large and small audience in both the North and South of the country.

Letter from Dora McDonald to James Pike

Tuesday, April 7, 1964
San Francisco, CA

Dora McDonald informs Dr. James A. Pike that Dr. King will be able to preach for Grace Cathedral's Consecration celebration. She suggests that Dr. Pike lists five possible dates for Dr. King to fulfill this commitment in San Francisco.

Letter from Dr. J. H. Young to MLK

Tuesday, September 6, 1966
Indiana (IN), SOUTH AFRICA, South Carolina (SC), VIETNAM, Selma, AL, Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA)

Dr. J. H. Young writes this letter to Dr. King about slavery, the Civil War, and President Lincoln. He reminds Dr. King that the Civil War was fought not over slavery, but succession.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Elisabeth Babcock

Tuesday, April 27, 1965
New York (NY), Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Alabama (AL), Atlanta, GA

Dora McDonald responds to a request from Elisabeth Babcock regarding the possibility of Dr. King visiting her in New York. Unfortunately, the hectic schedule in Dr. King's travels will not allow him such an opportunity. She conveys their gratitude for the "moral and financial support" Babcock has made for the betterment of the movement.

Letter from Shirley Katzander to MLK

Tuesday, March 14, 1967
New York, NY

Shirley Katzander, Director of Promotion for "The Reporter," requests Dr. King's commentary on an article written by Meg Greenfield titled "What is Racial Balance in the Schools?"

Letter from Dr. William G. Anderson to MLK

Monday, October 2, 1967
Detroit, MI, HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)

Dr. William G. Anderson accepts Dr. King's invitation to join the Board of Directors of the SCLC for a three year period.

Letter from Joseph A. Campbell to MLK

Tuesday, April 18, 1967
Virginia (VA), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Joseph A. Campbell writes to Dr. King in request of information on demonstrations as a means of expression.

Letter from Paul P. Martin to MLK

Monday, March 26, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA)

The Erie Branch of the NAACP invites Dr. King to be the principal speaker at its Freedom Rally.

Letter from Mr. Weston to MLK

Monday, August 14, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Mr. Weston writes Dr. King offering him advice regarding the Civil Rights Movement and how to seek peace between whites and blacks.

Letter from Robert J. McCraken to MLK

Friday, October 25, 1963
New York, NY

Reverend McCracken extends an invitation to Dr. King to preach at The Riverside Church in New York.