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What is The OIC Institute?

Philadelphia, PA

The Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) Institute was founded in 1964 by Reverend Leon H. Sullivan in response to public demand for a centralized resource for economic and social progress. This brochure outlines the program's history, principles, and current executive leaders.

61:19 General Correspondence 1961 (R)

Tuesday, October 24, 1961
Michigan (MI), Georgia (GA)

Maude Reid request a manuscript copy of Dr. King's speech at New Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Letter from Philip M. Segelin to MLK

Wednesday, July 29, 1964
Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Philip M. Segelin, Member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board, informs Dr. King that he has read Dr. King's book "Why We Can't Wait" and that said publication has provided enlightenment on the issue of civil rights. He recommends that Dr. King look into having a paperback edition published to widen distribution.

Telegram from Francis Lucas to Lucille Banta

Friday, January 17, 1969

Francis Lucas, assistant to Coretta Scott King, informs Lucille Banta of a scheduling conflict. She also requests information about which people "have agreed to sign the cable gram to His Holiness Pope Paul."

Letter from MLK to Lillian M. Robertson

Wednesday, July 31, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Atlantic City, NJ

Dr. King writes Lillian Robertson acknowledging receipt of her letter inviting him to speak at the annual meeting of the Baptist Pacifist Fellowship in Atlantic City. The Reverend closes by stating it will be after the first of the year before he can make a definite commitment.

Credit

Saturday, September 1, 1962

This poem examines a man's earthly worth and finally his heavenly worth.

Letter of Recommendation for Sally Cantor

Saturday, February 25, 1967
Atlanta, GA

Mrs. W. M. Taylor, an English teacher at Grady High School, writes a letter of recommendation on behalf of Sally Cantor, a Russell H. Bull Scholarship applicant.

Telegram to Dr. King Regarding "Camp In At the United States Senate"

Friday, October 27, 1967
Washington, D.C.

In this letter, Lucious President share his opinion about Dr. King's actions at the Senate. "A massive camp in at the United States Senate is contrary to God's teaching. You will not have God on your side."

Dr. King's Schedule October 1967

San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Texas (TX), Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ), Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Iowa (IA)

This schedule lists Dr. King's travel itinerary and speaking engagements, October 1967.

God

Dr. King quotes Dr. William Temple, stating that "God minus the world equals God; the world minus God equals nothing."

Faith

Dr. King quotes an excerpt from William Adams Brown's "Beliefs that Matter."

Christian Social Philosophy

Dr. King focuses on the interrelatedness of Christian social philosophy, Christian ethics and theology. He argues for the rejection of theology that has no social ethics and also contends that ethics must be dynamic.

Report of the Insurgent Editor's Conference

Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Tennessee (TN), Nashville, TN

These minutes of the "Insurgent Newspaper Editor's Conference" record the events of the conference from start to finish. The minutes also describe prominent topics of the conference, including the difficulties publishing an insurgent newspaper on a tight budget, reaching a large audience, and generating powerful content. The minutes end on a positive note: "a good time was had by all."

Letter from MLK Validating Press Release

Thursday, December 1, 1966
Chicago, IL

Dr. King validates a press release from SCLC's Department of Special Projects and Economic Development about expanding Chicago's Operation Breadbasket to a national level.

Letter from Moreland Griffith Smith to MLK

Wednesday, February 17, 1965
Washington, D.C., Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA

Moreland Griffith Smith, Chairman of the Alabama Advisory Committee, invites Dr. King or a representative to an open meeting which will be held in Alabama. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information regarding equal protection under the law in areas such as housing, voting, and employment.

Letter from Peter S. Shults to NAACP

Wednesday, August 25, 1965
Vermont (VT), New York, NY

Peter Shults writes the NAACP requesting a comment on a postcard he received that depicts Dr. King as a communist. He asks multiple questions regarding the validity of the picture on the postcard.

Royalty Statement for Casterman Published Edition of "Strength to Love"

Wednesday, January 31, 1968
New York, NY

This royalty statement references royalties earned for a French-language edition of "Strength to Love".

The Student Voice: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Newsletter

Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL), Washington, D.C., Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Indiana (IN), Louisville, KY, New Orleans, LA, Maryland (MD), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), North Carolina (NC), Oklahoma (OK), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Virginia (VA), New York (NY), California (CA), PUERTO RICO, ISRAEL, Montgomery, AL, Illinois (IL), Kentucky (KY), Jackson, MS

In this issue of The Student Voice, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee writes about the progress being made in the Civil Rights Movement, including recent ... desegregation of all public golf courses in Mobile, Alabama and the desegregation of lunch counters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Adverse Message from Dr. Douglas of Sarasota, FL

Wednesday, February 16, 1966
Illinois (IL), New Hampshire (NH)

This message from Dr. Douglas was given over the telephone #525-1717 in Springfield, Illinois. Douglas discusses his beliefs on racism and communism in regards to Dr. King. He discusses how communist are the followers of Dr. King, and also how the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to King in order to cause a "communist world revolution." Bayard Rustin is described by Douglas as a "pervert, jail bird" close associate of Dr. King.

Letter from MLK to Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Arnold about a Contribution

Monday, January 30, 1967
California (CA)

In this letter Dr. King offers his belated gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Arnold for their financial contribution to the SCLC while also explaining why such contributions are important.

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Stoug

Dr. King writes Mrs. Stoug thanking her for sending a copy of the play, "Listen America." He also offers advice on how to market her play and expresses his appreciation for her support for the Civil Rights Movement.

Knudson, Albert

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

Letter from MLK to Former Supporters

VIETNAM, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, CHINA, FRANCE, JAPAN

Dr. King addresses former supporters concerning his controversial stance on Vietnam. He examines the country's colonial history and struggle for independence as contributing factors to America's current military presence in Vietnam. The civil rights leader defends his commitment to nonviolence as an "exceptional moral responsibility" that must transcend international borders.

Cloudy Summit

Sunday, January 15, 1967
New York (NY)

In this article, Mr. Randolph organizes a conference of Negro leaders to take action in the suspension case of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell.

Letter from Walter Jackson to MLK

Thursday, March 11, 1965
California (CA), Berkeley, CA

Walter Jackson of Lincoln School in Berkley, California writes Dr. King extending his gratitude for the Reverend's efforts in Civil Rights.

Letter from Henry Lee Gibson to MLK

Detroit, MI

Henry J. Gibson is aware of Dr. King's understanding of "God" and spirituality. Subsequent to a recent surgery, Mr. Gibson is now conscious of the meaning of being "born again." Praying enhanced his knowledge of God's presence in the human race which brought clarity for his perception of the "yellow man." Mr. Gibson requests to meet with Dr. King to further discuss his recent spiritual experiences and newly found wisdom.

Greek Philosophy Subject Index Card

On this notecard, Dr. King points to the aim of Greek Philosophy. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verses. Topics covered include theology, philosophy, and history. Some material from these reference notes would later emerge in his speeches and sermons.

United States Department of Agriculture

Thursday, February 1, 1968
Washington, D.C., Cleveland, OH, Boston, MA, Missouri (MO), South Carolina (SC), Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL), Texas (TX), Virginia (VA), Florida (FL), Mississippi (MS), Louisiana (LA), New Mexico (NM), Maryland (MD)

This document references Secretary Orville L. Freeman's speech regarding administrative programs to improve food assistance and nutrition. One of the programs that is discussed is the School Breakfast Program, which will make free breakfast available to thousands of children. Other programs are also mentioned and described as the document proceeds.

Telegram from Rev T R Albert to MLK

Louisiana (LA), New York, NY

Rev. T.R. Albert, Pastor of Weslay Methodist Church, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sent Dr. King words of encouragment while he recovered in the Harlem hospital.

Letter from MLK to Rev. James Endicott

Monday, December 18, 1967
CANADA

Dr. King acknowledges the receipt of Rev. Endicott's telegram inviting him to speak at a rally in Toronto. He regretfully declines the invitation due to the volume of work with his organization.