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Poor People's Campaign 1968

Washington, D.C.

This pamphlet produced by the Southern Christian Leadership Council promotes the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D. C. for the spring of 1968.

Letter from Otto Emil Geppert to MLK

Wednesday, May 3, 1967
New York (NY), Illinois (IL), Memphis, TN

In this letter, Otto Emil Geppert expresses his opposition to the Vietnam War and encloses a monetary contribution to Dr. King, in support of his nonviolent approach.

SCLC Agenda's

Monday, June 26, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Kentucky (KY), Chicago, IL

This is the agenda set out to specific people within the SCLC.

I Have A Dream

South Carolina (SC), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), Louisiana (LA), Alabama (AL)

In the most famous of his speeches, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King drew on themes from previous sermons and speeches, including an address he called The American Dream. Citing Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the US Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, King calls upon the nation to fulfill its promise of freedom and justice for all of its citizens. Although he began by reading from a manuscript, he later abandoned it and spoke directly to the crowd of more than 200,000.

Letter from J. Stanley Purnell to Rev. MLK, Sr.

Monday, February 26, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA)

The Chairman of the United Health Foundations, J. Stanley Purnell, sends out an gratitude of thanks to Daddy King.

People in Action: "The Negro Looks at America"

New York (NY), Memphis, TN, WESTERN SAHARA

Dr. King discusses the synonymous relationship between segregation and colonialism which was addressed at the Arden House Campus of Columbia University. This discussion was formally named the American Negro Leadership Conference for it covered in array of issues and involved various organizations.

Letter from Mahalia Jackson Foundation Requesting Financial Support

Illinois (IL)

In this letter addressed to "Friend," gospel singer Mahalia Jackson requests financial support for the Mahalia Jackson Foundation, which helps deserving children obtain a higher education.

Religion

Dr. King quotes Albrecht Ritschl's "The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation."

Letter from Mrs. Frances Pauley to Albany Residents

Monday, July 30, 1962
Albany, GA, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Little Rock, AR

Mrs. Pauley provides a call to action amidst the troubles in Georgia so that everyone can participate to resolve the troubles.

Letter from Christena Miscall to MLK

Monday, March 20, 1961
Maine (ME)

Christena Miscall, member of the Student Government Association at Saint Joseph's College, writes Dr. King requesting him to send a personal article for her college's famous persons' auction.

Letter from William L. Harris to MLK

Sunday, March 10, 1968
Virginia (VA)

William Harris, vice-chairman of the Extra Legal Forum at the Law School of the University of Virginia, invites Dr. King to speak at a Forum event.

Letter from MLK to Mr. G. H. Bishop

Thursday, July 28, 1966
Missouri (MO)

Dr. King expresses his gratitude for Mr. G. H. Bishop's financial contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Religion (Its Inescapableness)

Dr. King quotes Nels F. S. Ferre's "Faith and Reason" on religion as the "inescapable" bind between us and the universe.

Letter from Calvin Kimbro to MLK

Monday, March 12, 1962
Georgia (GA)

Calvin Kimbro expresses his interest in famous African Americans and asks for a summary of Dr. King's life. Kimbro also wishes Dr. King luck and success in the near future.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Cantor Mendelson regarding I Have A Dream

Tuesday, November 2, 1965
New York (NY), New York, NY

In this letter, Dora McDonald tells Cantor Mendelson that Dr. King is pleased to know that the Men's Club of Beth Sholom is interested in setting to music excerpts from "I Have a Dream." McDonald refers Mendelson to Clarence Jones, an attorney who handles such matters.

Covenant Between Operation Breadbasket and The A&P Company

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Unit of The A&P Company seeks to build a relationship with the Negro community by implementing equal opportunity employment policies. In return, the ministers of Operation Breadbasket will bring to attention the extensive commitment the A&P Company has to the economic and social future of the Negro community.

Letter from Alfonzo Henderson to Afro-Americans

Detroit, MI, New York (NY), New York, NY, Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA), New Orleans, LA, Louisiana (LA), Texas (TX), Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

This letter from ARIDO (Afro-American Resource Industrial Development Organization) president Alfonzo Henderson outlines the organization's program goals.

Memorandum to the SCLC Staff

Monday, April 1, 1968
Memphis, TN, Washington, D.C.

In a memorandum sent to the SCLC staff, just days before Dr. King's assassination, Tom Offenburger informs members of a meeting Dr. King had with his advisers. The main focus of the meeting was the march in Memphis which turned violent, as well as the future of the Poor People's Campaign. In spite of the violence, there remains plans to go to Washington and correct the economic racism the US faces.

Letter from Vincenzo Lapiccirella to MLK

Thursday, January 7, 1965
Birmingham, AL, ITALY

Vincenzo Lapiccirella invites Dr. King to a symposium for philosophers, cardiologists, and theologians. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the relation of health illnesses to psychological and emotional state. The symposium will be sponsored by the mayor of Florence and the Scientific Carlo Erba Foundation of Milan. Lapiccirella hopes Dr. King will be able attend this grand event.

Letter from Lyman Cady to MLK

Wednesday, July 5, 1967
Ohio (OH), Birmingham, AL

Lyman Cady, of Westminister Presbyterian Church, expresses his support for Dr. King's recent book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" He also commends Dr. King's overall leadership throughout the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from Congressman Marvin Esch to MLK

Monday, November 27, 1967
Washington, D.C.

Congressman Esch expresses appreciation to Dr. King for supporting the anti-poverty program. Attached is a copy of the Congressman's statement regarding the "Economic Opportunity Amendments of 1967."

God

Dr. King cites a scripture from the biblical book of Isaiah which demonstrates the eternalness and holiness of God.

Telegram from Sargent Shriver to Coretta King

Tuesday, November 14, 1967
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Sargent Shriver, American statesmen, activist, founder of Job Corps and Peace Crops, expresses gratitude for Mrs. King's public endorsement of the war against poverty.

Letter from A.J. de Witte to Roy Wilkins

Sunday, April 23, 1967
Illinois (IL), New York (NY), New York, NY, VIETNAM

A.J. de Witte conveys his dissatisfaction to Roy Wilkins over the NAACP's criticism of Dr. King's opposition to the Vietnam War. De Witte withdraws his financial support to the NAACP, instead contributing to Dr. King, Stokley Carmichael of SNCC and Floyd McKissick of CORE.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mrs. E. A. Larson

Wednesday, August 14, 1963
Missouri (MO), RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Dora McDonald notifies Mrs. E. Larson of Dr. King's absence and informs her that he has never been to Russia, but has no objection to a visit there.

MLK to Ozie Vincent at Chicago's WBEE

Chicago, IL

Dr. King apologizes to Mr. Vincent for not being able to tape five messages for his program in the month of December.

Raphael Gould Thanks MLK For Support

Thursday, July 8, 1965
New York (NY), VIETNAM, Ohio (OH)

Gould thanks Dr. King for his letter of support to the Clergymen's Emergency Committee in Vietnam. Gould further approves of King's dialogue printed in Playboy Magazine and encourages him to go on late night TV interview shows to reach a larger population of Americans.

Telegram from Dorothy Height to MLK

Saturday, December 5, 1964
New York (NY), New York, NY

Dorothy Height, President of the National Council of Negro Women, sends Dr. King well wishes.

SCLC and The American Foundation on Nonviolence: Proposal for Housing

Alabama (AL)

The American Foundation on Nonviolence and the SCLC set forth a proposal for low cost self-help housing in Greene County, Alabama.