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Draft of I Have a Dream

Wednesday, August 28, 1963
Washington, D.C.

This version of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech reveals important changes to ideas and phrases that Dr. King chose either to alter or omit completely the day he addressed the throng gathered before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Dr. King's argument against the "normalcy" of bigotry remained a key message on the day he took the podium.

Letter from James Gilliam to MLK

Thursday, December 14, 1961
Mississippi (MS), Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Gilliam sends Dr. King financial support in the amount of fifty dollars.

Congratulations To Rev. Martin Luther King And Mrs. King

Thursday, February 24, 1966
Chicago, IL

An anonymous supporter sends encouraging words to Dr. and Mrs. King.

Letter from Lucius D. Clay to MLK

Sunday, June 16, 1963
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Retired Army Officer Lucius D. Clay, responds to Dr. King, informing him that his telegram has be forwarded to T. C. Fogarty.

Walter Reuther Remarks at the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 1963
Washington, D.C.

Walter P. Reuther, President of the International Union, UAW, expounds upon the cause of freedom and democracy in America from the perception of the external world. Reuther highlights the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and how they have been denied to African Americas living as "second-class" citizens. He further discusses the necessary duties of the United States Congress to recognize and initiate civil rights programs.

Index card written by MLK regarding Faith

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines another thinker's insights on the subject of faith. This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for quick reference to quotations, ideas, and bible verses, among other things. Material covered on these index cards includes topics such as theology, philosophy, and history. Some material from these reference notes would later emerge in his speeches and sermons.

Draft of MLK's An Open Letter to Negro Youth

Montgomery, AL, Selma, AL, Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL

In an open letter to Negro Youths, Dr. King urges them to stay committed to the nonviolent principles of social change in their plight to gain broad access to education and employment.

Letter from Jerry Russell to Mrs. King

Thursday, April 11, 1968
Georgia (GA)

Jerry Russell offers his sympathy to Coretta Scott King following the death of Dr. King. He describes Dr. King as an individual of greatest integrity.

Letter From T. K. Mahadevan to MLK

Saturday, December 24, 1966
New Delhi, India, Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

T. K. Mahadevan, a representative of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, writes Dr. King regarding an upcoming visit to the United States. Some primary interests during his visit includes meeting key Negro leaders, spending time with an average Negro family, and perhaps a few speaking engagements.

City Wide Freedom Rally Featuring MLK

Friday, March 20, 1964
Ohio (OH)

This 1964 program from a rally in Canton, Ohio, features Dr. King as speaker.

Letter from MLK to James M. Kangongoi

Monday, April 16, 1962
PUERTO RICO, KENYA

Dr. King writes Mr. James M. Kangongoi acknowledging the receipt of his letter and expressing how good it was to meet him in Puerto Rico.

The Gary Crusader: The World of Books

Saturday, June 24, 1967
Indiana (IN)

This review of Dr. King's "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" highlights his examination of the Black Power movement as well as his emphasis on non-violence.

Letter from Sharon Judith Bresler to SCLC

California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Sharon Bresler encloses a check to the SCLC and requests that they write Rabbi Sanford Shopero from the Congregation of Temple Emmanuel to inform him that the gift was made in his honor.

Social Ethics

Dr. King quotes Isaiah 3:15 while taking notes about social ethics. The passage that he quotes says that those who oppress others are sinning against God.

Meeting on National Negro Politics

Sunday, March 31, 1968
New York, NY, South Carolina (SC), North Carolina (NC), Mississippi (MS), Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Missouri (MO), Brooklyn, NY, Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA)

The Meeting on National Negro Politics highlights congressional races with "the most potential for political gains by black Americans" in the 1968 elections.

Letter from Jerome S. Ozer to MLK

Thursday, May 18, 1967
New York, NY

Mr. Ozer informs Dr. King that his organization will be publishing "Eyewitness: The Negro in American History" by William Loren Katz, which covers the Negro in every aspect of American life. He then requests that Dr. King write an introduction for the book.

Congratulatory Letter from L.K. Jackson to MLK

Monday, August 14, 1967
Indiana (IN)

In this letter, Dr. Johnson writes to Dr. King congratulating him on his tenth anniversary. Jackson states, "...you are the man of the Twentieth Century."

Public Affairs Memorandum

Monday, December 27, 1965
Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, Connecticut (CT), Ohio (OH), Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), Boston, MA, New Jersey (NJ)

Vice President Humphrey is quoted as saying, "This is a pragmatic program - what's best is what works", in describing the Office of Economic Opportunity program. This public affairs memorandum details the efforts of the organization as it pertains to the anti-poverty movement.

Invitation from the Government of Barbados to MLK

BARBADOS

The Government of Barbados invite Dr. King and Coretta Scott King to the Celebrations to Mark the Independence of Barbados. This event held high historical importance due Barbados' inquiry for independence for many years.

Letter from Eleanor Allen to MLK

Wednesday, November 20, 1963
Rhode Island (RI), Atlanta, GA

Eleanor Allen, Director of Christian Education of the Edgewood Congregational Church, writes Dr. King in an effort to connect with a Pastor of a Negro church that is in need of rebuilding "after the recent bombings."

MLK's Notes On the Influence of Radio

Dr. King records information regarding religious broadcasting. He list percentages of public influence, prize giveaways and other relevant historical details.

Letter from Charles Armstrong to Robert Ruper

Friday, February 2, 1968
Illinois (IL), New York (NY), New York, NY, Chicago, IL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Charles Armstrong, Publisher & Editor of the South Suburban News, writes to the Executive Vice President and CEO of Phillip Morris, Robert Ruper. In response to lack of funding provided to black communities, Dr. King, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders spark a nationwide boycott, Operation Breadbasket. Mr. Armstrong urges Mr. Ruper to comply with recent demands concerning acts discrimination within Phillip Morris.

Letter of Thanks from MLK to Mr. and Mrs. J Parry Jones for an SCLC Contribution

Friday, December 8, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA)

This letter from Dr. King responded to a donation to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from Mr. and Mrs. J. Parry Jones of Newton, Pennsylvania. Dr. King expressed deep appreciation on behalf of the multitudes who would benefit from the support.

Science

Dr. King writes about Lewis Mumford’s view in “The Condition of Man” that an increase in scientific knowledge requires an increase in moral discipline.

Telegram from Richard Beyer to MLK

Monday, May 17, 1965
Washington (WA), CANADA, Atlanta, GA

Richard Beyer telegrams Dr. King inquiring if he is available to speak at a peace rally in Washington sponsored by Canadian and Northwest Peace groups.

People to People: The Law is Majestic

Saturday, July 31, 1965
New York (NY), New York, NY, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Dr. King pays homage to the numerous lawyers of the Civil Rights Movement and asserts that the one unifying belief among lawyers is the idea that "law is majestic and the judicial process is supreme." Dr. King supports this claim with a story about his Negro lawyers successfully winning a case in Birmingham with an all-white jury.

Actual Occasions

Dr. King quotes philosopher Alfred North Whitehead's "Religion in the Making." He interprets the phases in events and how such events are perceived.

Jesse Jackson Gets New SCLC Assignment

Monday, November 21, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, South Carolina (SC), Illinois (IL), Georgia (GA)

The Chicago Daily Defender highlights Dr. King's appointment of Rev. Jesse Jackson as head of the Special Projects and Economic Development Department of the SCLC.

Athanasius, St.

Dr. King records a short biography of the theologian St. Athanasius, identifying him as the defender of the Nicene faith.

Speech to National Press Club

Thursday, July 19, 1962
Washington, D.C., Albany, GA, South Africa, CONGO / ZAIRE

Dr. King answers a number of questions from the National Press Club.