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Letter from Dimitri Papaspyrou to MLK

Thursday, January 26, 1967

Dimitri Papaspyrou, the President of the Parliament of Greece, welcomes Dr. King to Athens during his upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

People in Action: Recognition and Opportunity


Dr. King states there are two basic elements to human rights: recognition and opportunity.

Letter from Annie Mae Williams to MLK

Sunday, May 2, 1965
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

Annie Mae Williams and her family make a contribution of $25 to Dr. King.

Letter from Paul Frumkin to MLK about Kup's Show

Monday, March 27, 1967
Chicago, IL

This letter, dated March 27, 1967, was written from Paul Frumkin to Dr. King. Paul Frumkin, producer of American Broadcasting Company's "Kup's Show," thanks Dr. King for making an appearance on "Kup's Show."

Letter from MLK to Mr. Taban


Dr. King expresses his concern for Mr. Taban's welfare in Kenya after fleeing Sudan.

Letter from Reverend Casper Glenn to MLK

Friday, August 30, 1963
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Washington, D.C., Arizona (AZ)

Rev. Casper Glenn, president of the NAACP chapter in Tucson, Arizona, writes to Dr. King regarding rights to a recording of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Fifth Grade Students Write to MLK

Friday, March 22, 1968
Chicago, IL

Fifth Graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, write to Dr. King in request of literature about his style of worship.

Letter from J. Depre to MLK

The author addresses his concern to Dr. King regarding indications of an invasion of China by the US Military.

Letter from Richard Nixon to MLK

Thursday, June 18, 1959
Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Washington, D.C.

Vice President Richard M. Nixon expresses his appreciation for Dr. King's participation at the recent Religious Leaders Conference on Equal Job Opportunity. Nixon emphasizes the need for ongoing collaboration between local and national leaders to advance critical policy initiatives.

Letter from Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr to MLK

Thursday, October 22, 1964
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, BRAZIL, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, invite Dr. King to speak at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also congratulate him on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter from Gloria Cantor to Dora McDonald

Monday, April 17, 1967
New York, NY

Gloria Cantor, of Belafonte Enterprises, wrote to Dora McDonald requesting copies of Dr. King's speech at the Spring Mobilization.

Trent, Canons and Decrees of the Council of


Dr. King records some thoughts on the Decrees of the Council of Trent regarding the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation.

Poor People's Campaign 1968

Memphis, TN, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Washington (WA), Virginia (VA), Washington, D.C.

This is an ad and itinerary for the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.


Dr. King highlights a quote from Arnold J. Toynbee's twelve-volume analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations, "A Study of History."

Letter from E. F. S. Davies to MLK

Friday, July 16, 1965
Richmond, VA, Virginia (VA), New York (NY)

E. F. S. Davies, Head of the Department of Philosophy at Virginia State College, writes Dr. King regarding A. J. Muste's civil rights efforts in the 1930's and 1940's.

Telegram from John E. Fogarty to MLK

Friday, July 9, 1965
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

In this telegram, John E. Fogarty writes Dr. King in support of the Administration Bill.

Musical Composition by C. Bosserman

This untitled musical composition by C. Bosserman alludes to the White race, urging the White race to join the human race.

Letter from Robert Kennedy to MLK

Wednesday, January 22, 1964
Washington, D.C., JAPAN

Attorney General Robert Kennedy invites Dr. King to be interviewed as part of an oral history program on issues and decisions of the Kennedy Administration.

Letter from Richard Allen to MLK

Wednesday, June 7, 1967
Montgomery, AL

Reverend R. Allen requests Dr. King's written contribution for a special issue of "The Leader" on race relations. "The Leader" is a Christian newspaper that is distributed in different parts of England.

Letter from John H. Johnson to MLK

Wednesday, December 4, 1963
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Texas (TX), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

John H. Johnson, President and Editor at Johnson Publishing Company, informs Dr. King that a soldier has donated money to his organization and the NAACP.

MLK Statement from the Harlem Hospital

Tuesday, September 30, 1958
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Dr. King writes from the Harlem Hospital in New York as a result of being stabbed by Izola Currey. King asserts that he does not have any ill feelings towards Currey, and hopes that she receives the help she needs to become a functional member of society. King also thanks his supporters for all the cards, telegrams, and phone calls which fortified him throughout his tribulation. Dr. King ends by saying he is "impatiently waiting to rejoin [his] friends and colleagues to continue the work that we know must be done regardless of the cost."

Letter from Howard Frazier to MLK

Tuesday, April 25, 1967
Virginia (VA), VIETNAM

Mr. Frazier thanks Dr. King for his "courageous" stand on the Vietnam War. He is impressed by Dr. King's plan to organize thousands of volunteers to participate in the Peace Movement and makes a donation of $25.00 to the peace fund.

Letter from Beryl Arensberg to MLK

Sunday, May 21, 1967
New York, NY

Beryl Arensberg writes Dr. King asking him to consider a strategy that emphasizes a collective mourning for all those impacted by the Vietnam War. He believes such a course of action will inspire direct impact in several admirable ways.

Letter from Moisa Bulboaca to MLK

Tuesday, December 14, 1965
Louisiana (LA), Shreveport, LA, ROMANIA, HUNGARY, Ohio (OH), Cincinnati, OH, New York (NY), New York, NY

Moisa Bulboaca thanks Dr. King for a previous correspondence in which Dr. King expressed his interest in visiting and preaching in Romania. In the event Dr. King actually formulates a trip, Bulboaca suggests accompanying if possible. The author explains their background in "sacred music" and provides a brief biography for consideration. They offer to organize a musical selection to fit Dr. King's sermons.

Zwingli, H.


Dr. King records biographical information about Swiss reformer Ulrich (or Huldrych) Zwingli.

Letter from J. Herbert May to Ralph Abernathy

Saturday, April 27, 1968
California (CA), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Minnesota (MN), Wisconsin (WI)

Herbert May discusses several points in which he disagrees with Ralph Abernathy on how to best reach a fully integrated and equitable society.


Dr. King notes Alexander Pope's characterization of Francis Bacon.

Letter from Joan Daves Regarding International Travel

Tuesday, September 15, 1964
GERMANY, ITALY, London, England, Madrid, Spain, SPAIN, Berlin, Germany

Joan Daves informs Dr. King that she telephoned Mr. Smeaton regarding lodging arrangements in London and Berlin.

Statement to Be Used If There is a Victory for Reagan


SCLC prepares a contingency statement, with Dr. King's handwritten edits. The statement asserts that some elections' newly overt racism reflects the prejudice and bigotry in America. The statement calls on Negroes to collaborate with honest white allies to gain legal and moral rights.

SCLC Newsletter: September 1963

Richmond, VA, Virginia (VA), North Carolina (NC), Georgia (GA), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), California (CA), Ohio (OH), Oregon (OR), Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Texas (TX), JAPAN, Tokyo, Japan, Michigan (MI), Pennsylvania (PA)

This issue of the SCLC Newsletter covers the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The publication features a number of photographs, editorials and the full text of Dr. King's Washington address.