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Humanism

Dr. King quotes Algernon Charles Swinburne's "Hymn of Man" and William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" as representative of humanist thought.

Introduction of Edward M. Kennedy

Massachusetts (MA)

Dr. King introduces Robert Kennedy at a gathering in Jackson, Mississippi, calling him a "capable statesman" with a "great social vision."

Opportunity, Fidelity, and Reward

Friday, January 1, 1954
Alabama (AL)

This handwritten outline reflects a sermon delivered by Dr. King at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in January of 1954. The sermon is structured around "The Parable of the Talents" taken from Matthew 25:14-30. Dr. King highlights how the passage assures a "reward for faithfulness."

Letter from Harry Walker to Dora McDonald

Thursday, September 21, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY

Harry Walker summarizes a recent conversation he held with Dora McDonald, Mrs. Tobye Karl, and Particia Hederman that outlined the dates of future speaking engagements for Dr. King.

Letter from International Institute for Peace to MLK

Sunday, June 12, 1966
Geneva, Switzerland, VIETNAM, AUSTRIA

O. P. Paliwal and Yves Choliere, from the World Council of Peace, invite Dr. King to speak at a session in Geneva about the well being of Vietnam.

A Thank You for Their Hospitality

Monday, August 13, 1962
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Lawyer William Kunstler writes this thank you to Dr. and Mrs. King and discusses a few legal matters.

Annual Record and Report of Life and Work

Pennsylvania (PA), Atlanta, GA

This document is a blank "Annual
Record and Report of Life and Work" for the American Baptist Convention. Had it been filled out, it would have contained information about the activities of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Food & Allied World Crises: Is There A Solution?

CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN, New Delhi, India, New York, NY, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS), RUSSIAN FEDERATION

This document is a composition of several articles addressing the global state of food consumption and production.

SCLC Sustaining Contributors Annual Card-1967

Sunday, January 1, 1967
Michigan (MI)

Warren J. Day submits his annual contribution to the SCLC. He adds a small note thanking Dr. King for taking a strong role in the peace movement.

Letter from Benjamin Mays to MLK

Monday, November 28, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Dr. Mays presents Dr. King with a $300 honorarium for giving the first convocation address at Morehouse College.

Letter from Pamela Schnida to MLK

Friday, October 10, 1067
Wisconsin (WI)

Pamela Schnida writes to Dr. King requesting information on the riots that occurred in 1967.

Summer Session Banquet: The Role of Education in the Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, July 15, 1965
New York (NY)

Dr. King gives an address on the role of education in the civil rights movement at Syracuse University's Fourteenth Annual Summer Session Banquet.

Memorandum from MLK

Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), Boston, MA

Dr. King regrets his absence at the Unity Council meeting and apologizes for his inability to sign a statement because it disagreed with his methods of civil disobedience.

Condolence Letter to Mrs. King

Friday, April 5, 1968
New York, NY

This letter from a middle school student in New York City is one of condolence written to Mrs. King the day after Dr. King’s assassination.

Letter from Rhoda Dorsey to MLK

Thursday, May 21, 1964
Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL

Rhoda Dorsey, Dean and Associate Professor of History at Goucher College, informs Dr. King that they have included "Letter From Birmingham City Jail" on the freshman class reading list.

Handwritten Thank You Letter From MLK

Dr. King expresses his gratitude for contributions made to the SCLC, and informs the reader of the results of recent studies regarding illegitimate birth rates among negroes as opposed to whites.

The Blame in Birmingham

Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, South Carolina (SC)

The article, "The Blame in Birmingham", discusses the situation in Birmingham where four little girls were killed during a Sunday school class when a bomb was detonated. Governor Wallace's reaction and the consequences of the actions are mentioned in the article.

Memorandum from John Gunther to Urban Coalition Steering Committee

Monday, December 11, 1967

John Gunther submits a report to the members of the Steering Committee of the Urban Coalition stating that the Urban Coalition should be concerned with issues related to education, employment and housing. The memorandum outlines the job of the Council of Local Coalitions and states that the Steering Committee may add to the Coalition's numbers at any time. Lastly, Gunther informs the members of the staffing polices explaining how staffing will be planned on a yearly basis.

Apocalyptic Religion

Dr. King quotes John Oman's "the Natural and The Supernatural."

Congressional Record Regarding Antipoverty Funding

Wednesday, December 6, 1967

This Congressional Record documents a statement regarding the antipoverty bill. The statement, made to the public by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, urged Congress to support funding towards eradicating poverty for both black and white citizens.

The Boycott Explained

Saturday, April 10, 1965
Alabama (AL)

Dr. King writes this article in the form of questions and answers to explain the purpose and impact of an upcoming boycott in Alabama.

Letter from Lillian Smith to MLK

Sunday, October 25, 1964
Georgia (GA)

Lillian Smith writes to Dr. King in regards to being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she expresses her admiration of his leadership, and how his success has helped her through her numerous hospital visits.

Letter from MLK to Gaynette Henderson

Monday, November 2, 1964
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King regretfully informs Gaynette Henderson that he will be unable to visit the sorority suite of Delta Sigma Theta during his visit to Pennsylvania State University.

Letter from Robert M. Hatch to MLK

Friday, April 9, 1965
Massachusetts (MA), Atlanta, GA

Rev. Hatch of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts responds to Dr. King's request for "financial assistance" on behalf of SCLC. Rev. Hatch cheerfully tells Dr. King that the Diocesan Council has agreed to answer the request favorably, and he references an enclosed check for two thousand dollars.

Letter from Harriet Meyers to Benjamin Nelson

Thursday, December 15, 1966
Chicago, IL, London, England, Illinois (IL)

Ms. Meyers writes to Judge Nelson dissatisfied with the way he conducts trials, especially in her situation of a malpractice suit. She requests plastic surgery to correct the erroneous surgery.

Letter from Joseph Duffy to MLK

Thursday, June 15, 1967
Georgia (GA), New York (NY), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, New York, NY

The Executive Director of the American Booksellers Association, Joseph A. Duffy, expresses his appreciation to Dr. King for giving a speech at their Convention.

Chicago Daily Defender: SCLC Aide Makes Spirited Capital March Call Here

Monday, February 5, 1968
Chicago Theological Seminary, S.C.L.C. Operation Breadbasket, United States White House, Poor People's Campaign, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., VIETNAM, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, FRANCE

The Chicago Daily Defender published this article about Rev. Ralph Abernathy's visit to Chicago to promote the Poor People's Campaign. According to Abernathy, "Come this summer, thousands of poor Americans are going to take their burdens to the White House and they'll leave them with LBJ."

Letter from Max Goldberg to MLK

Wednesday, May 29, 1963
Denver, CO

Max Goldberg asserts that the interview conducted with Dr. King a year ago serves relevance for the current progression attempts for the American Negro. Mr. Goldberg is attempting to produce copies of the interview and distribute them to various cities.

Letter from Amelia Jones to MLK and the SCLC

Friday, February 18, 1966
Ohio (OH)

The Toldeo NAACP Branch invites Dr. King to be their keynote speaker. Amelia Jacobs Jones, representing the NAACP, requests that suggested dates regarding Dr. King's availability be forwarded to her.

Donation Receipt

Thursday, January 13, 1966
Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA

This document is a receipt for a donation made to the Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc.