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Press Release from the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty

Sunday, January 15, 1967
Washington, D.C., New York (NY), Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Michigan (MI), Texas (TX), Ohio (OH), Columbus, OH

The Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty releases a letter to President Johnson signed by numerous civil rights, labor, religious and community action groups calling for him to take leadership in the War on Poverty by increasing funding. The press release also announces a January 26 national meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the War on Poverty.

Letter from Clifford P. Case to MLK

Monday, July 20, 1964
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Illinois (IL)

Senator Clifford P. Case, U. S. Senator from New Jersey, writes Dr. King regarding the Civil Rights Act being passed. Case encloses a copy of the bill as it passed, with an explanation of "the major changes from the House version."

War (Just War)

Dr. King cites Francisco Suarez's definition of a "just war" from his "Tractibus de. Legibus."

Letter from Dorothy Gaines to Judith Van Swaringen

Tuesday, December 15, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Dorothy Gaines, assistant to Dr. King, responds to a letter from Judith Van Swaringen suggesting that she read the enclosed biographical sketch.

A. Philip Randolph Institute Minutes

Tuesday, November 7, 1967
New York, NY

These meeting minutes of the Executive Board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute include discussions on the urgent need for legislative action on the Freedom Budget, a possible theoretical and analytical magazine on the Negro struggle for equality, and celebration of Mr. Randolph's 80th birthday.

Telegram from Harold Stassen to MLK

Thursday, October 15, 1964
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Pennsylvania (PA)

Harold Stassen, President of the American Baptist Convention and former Minnesota Governor, congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He states that Dr. King is the most deserving because he tackles the race crisis through non-violent means.

Letter from George W. Chivers to MLK

Saturday, August 20, 1966
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL)

George W. Chivers writes to Dr. King objecting to the Alabama law that disallows women from sitting as jurors. He compares this denial of women's civil rights to the injustices suffered by Negroes in Alabama.

Letter from Eleanor R. Compton to the SCLC

Saturday, March 31, 1962
Michigan (MI)

Eleanor R. Compton, Recording Secretary for the Council on Human Relations, contributes $10 to the SCLC.

Letter from M. L. Phillips to MLK

Sunday, October 22, 1967
Tennessee (TN)

In this letter, Mrs. Phillips writes Dr. King to inform him that she enjoys listening to him speak on the radio.


Dr. King writes about the role of religion as an ideal and as a unifying force.

MLK Draft on Jackie Robinson and Hall of Fame

Wednesday, July 25, 1962
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Jackson, MS, Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King highlights the achievements of Jackie Robinson in this article about Robinson's induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. Dr. King applauds Robinson for using his celebrity status for the Civil Rights Movement.

SCLC Newsletter: October-November 1965

Friday, October 1, 1965
Alabama (AL), Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Birmingham, AL, Chicago, IL, Connecticut (CT), Detroit, MI, FRANCE, Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Iowa (IA), Los Angeles, CA, Louisiana (LA), Michigan (MI), Mississippi (MS), Montgomery, AL, Nashville, TN, New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), New York, NY, North Carolina (NC), Oklahoma (OK), San Francisco, CA, Selma, AL, South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), VIETNAM, Virginia (VA), Washington, D.C.

This SCLC newsletter depicts the courage of SCLC workers putting their lives on the line while fighting for civil rights. The newsletter also highlights pictures from SCLC's ninth annual convention in Birmingham Alabama and a children's book about Dr. King.


Dr. King documents insight regarding unity, reason, and God.

God (His Existence)

Dr. King quotes Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Ancient Sage" after posing the question, "Can we prove God's existence?"


Dr. King identifies the origin of the term secular as "meaning 'century,' that in time as distinguished from eternity." He explains that eternal things were more important that the things deemed to be belonging only to the present.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK about Speaking Out Article

Friday, September 11, 1964

Joan Daves, Dr. King's literary agent, communicates with Mr. Hunt of Speaking Out regarding payment and schedule of a feature article to be written by Dr. King.

Letter from Fred Bennette to MLK

Friday, April 7, 1967
New York, NY, South Carolina (SC)

Director Reverend Bennette requests that Dr. King increase the telephone allowance for Operation Breadbasket, stating that frequent phone calls must be made in order to keep the program active.

Financial Report of SCLC

Friday, May 19, 1967

This document is the SCLC's summary of income and disbursements for the fiscal period of May 15-19, 1967.

Telegram from MLK to Robert Kennedy

Washington, D.C.

Dr. King requests a meeting with Attorney General Robert Kennedy regarding voter registration.

A Letter to MLK to President Lyndon B. Johsnon

Friday, April 13, 1962
Atlanta, GA

In a letter to MLK, President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses the issue of Federal employment in Atlanta. Johnson informs King of the previous meeting held with the Civil Service Commission and the steps being taken to move forward.

God (His Infinity)

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology" on the finite and infinite.

Notes on Movies

Monday, October 9, 1967

The writer states that the movie industry needs more stories without the 'Playboy' touch. He argues that this should come from the "masses" and not "society."

Crozer Theological Seminary Brochure

Chester, PA, Pennsylvania (PA)

This brochure provides information about Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. The brochure lists full details of the campus, programs of study, and admissions.

Quote from AFL-CIO President George Meany

New Jersey (NJ)

This is a picture of George Meany, President of AFL-CIO, giving an address to the Jewish Labor Committee meeting in Atlantic City, NJ on March 26, 1960. The picture is inscribed with a quote which reads: "What we want for ourselves, we want for all humanity."

Letter from Burke Marshall to MLK

Wednesday, October 16, 1963
Louisiana (LA), Atlanta, GA

Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General, writes Dr. King in response to a telegram sent by the Reverend protesting action be taken by the State of Louisiana against the Southern Conference Educational Fund.

Letter from Evelyn Rawley to Billy Mills

Friday, March 3, 1967
California (CA), BAHAMAS, FRANCE

Evelyn E. Rawley writes Billy Mills, chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee, to express distaste for Mills' choice of colleagues, political activity, and lack of reason. Rawley affirms that Mill's irresponsible actions are an obstacle to democratic practices.

Address by MLK at SCLC Ministers Conference

Wednesday, September 23, 1959
Mississippi (MS), Montgomery, AL, Washington, D.C., Virginia (VA), Arkansas (AR), Little Rock, AR, Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), Missouri (MO), Kentucky (KY), Oklahoma (OK), West Virginia (WV), North Carolina (NC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL), Louisiana (LA), Philadelphia, PA, CANADA, EGYPT, South Carolina (SC)

Dr. King addresses those in attendance at the Southern Christian Ministers Conference. He brings words of encouragement to those working diligently for social change in Mississippi. He speaks words of promise that things will change since the Supreme Court has ruled segregation unconstitutional and he gives examples of how things are slowly changing. However, he acknowledges that there is still much work to be done, especially in the South. Dr. King lists actions that must be at the top of everyone's list to be taken care of.

Scientific Method

Dr. King discusses the scientific method according to Henry Nelson Wieman's "Issues of Life."

MLK's Crawfordville, Georgia Speech

Monday, October 11, 1965
Georgia (GA), Montgomery, AL

Dr. King rallies the people to keep pushing forward with nonviolent actions to gain freedom and dignity as human beings.

Letter from Mike Van Ryan to Reverend Ralph Abernathy

Monday, April 8, 1968

Mike Van Ryn addresses this correspondence to Rev. Ralph Abernathy with an enclosure of $20 for the work of SCLC.