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Letter from Shelley Winters Franciosa to MLK

Thursday, March 19, 1959
New York, NY, New Jersey (NJ)

Actress Shelley Winters sends Dr. King her personal copy of "The Diary of Anne Frank" after he and Mrs. King attend a screening for the film adaptation in New York. Winters would go on to receive an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

From Our Struggle

Birmingham, AL

This document contains quotations from a publication written by Dr. King entitled "From Our Struggle." The quotations give scenarios of struggles during the movement in Birmingham and Montgomery. "From Our Struggle" was published in the magazine, 'Liberation.'

Royalty Statement from Joan Daves to MLK

New York, NY, GERMANY

Joan Daves issued this royalty statement for the German edition of "Why We Can't Wait."

Letter from Stephen Holden to MLK

Monday, May 22, 1967
New York, NY

Stephen Holden, staff editor for the American Peoples Encyclopedia, wrote this letter to Dr. King to request an article for inclusion in the publication's 1968 edition.

Youth in the World of Work

Michigan (MI), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Daniel H. Kruger describes many aspects of current labor trends in regards to automation, education and employment ratios in the United States.

Draft Letter from MLK to Mr. Elias About Civil Rights March

Chicago, IL

In this correspondence, Dr. King thanks Mr. Elias for a previously sent letter. He goes on to mention that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is presently organizing in Chicago, with the goal of eventually launching a major campaign.

MLK Addresses the Atlanta Press Club

Wednesday, November 10, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL), Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL

Dr. King discusses the struggle for racial justice and the concept of goodwill with the Atlanta Press Club. He stresses that any opposition in the fight for equality will inevitably fail in the face of a unified effort across America.

Sin

In this set of notecards, Dr. King discusses "sin." Referencing Biblical verses of Psalms 53:2 and 53:3, he says that "these passages seem to be an explicit affirmation of the universality of sin."

Song of Songs

Dr. King writes a brief summary of the book Song of Songs.

God

Dr. King records a note on French scholar Ernest Renan's prophecy in relation to God.

Letter from Arthur Spence to MLK

Wednesday, August 31, 1966
New York, NY, Chicago, IL

Spence writes Dr. King defending the critical perceptions that some whites hold of blacks. As an African American, Spence feels that some members of his race have developed bad habits.

Authoritarianism

Dr. King quotes William Pepperell Montague's "Ways of Knowing."

Letter from MLK to Charles E. Merrill, Jr.

Thursday, September 28, 1967
Boston, MA

Dr. King expresses his deep appreciation to Charles Merrill for developing his ideas, being concerned about his health, and contributing funds that allow both work and rest.

Letter from James Dodd to MLK

Monday, December 9, 1963
California (CA), Atlanta, GA

James Dodd of the Sacramento NAACP invites Dr. King to be the keynote speaker for their Life Membership Awards Banquet. The theme of the dinner is "The Man and the Times."

Sketch of MLK by Charles Keller

Thursday, May 7, 1959

This document features a 1959 sketch of Dr. King, signed, "In admiration," by Mr. Charles Keller.

Letter to Kenneth Gibbs from Dora McDonald

Monday, September 30, 1963
New York (NY), New York, NY

Ms. McDonald sends Mr. Gibbs a letter of thanks for his kind letter of support and encloses an autographed cover of TIME magazine on behalf of Dr. King.

Letter from Philip Watson to MLK

Monday, December 21, 1964
NORWAY, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Watson praises Dr. King for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and describes the award as a "global testimony" to Dr. King's leadership.

Letter from Toni Harris to Mrs. King 4/5/68

Friday, April 5, 1968
New York, NY

Young Toni Harris, a student in NYC, wrote this letter to Mrs. King sharing her hope that Dr. King's killer would be caught. This letter is an example of the many levels of support shown towards the King family, from schoolchildren who loved Dr. King.

The Three Stages of Life

This documents contains notes on the three stages of life.

A Tough Mind and A Tender Heart

Sunday, August 30, 1959
Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL)

An early foreshadowing of his nonviolent philosophy, Dr. King advises Negroes of a particular course of action they should adhere to in order to properly equip themselves to combat racial injustice. Seeking to avoid both complacency and hostility, he challenges those who desire self-satisfaction, as well as those who seek to pacify their oppressors, by proposing the idea of one having both a tough mind and a tender heart.

Selfishness

Dr. King cites Schopenhauer's book "The World as Will and Ideas" and records a passage on selfishness.

Letter from Mark Staib to MLK

Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH), Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Mark Staib, a debater at John Carroll University, requests that Dr. King sends information on the debate topic: "Resolved: that the federal government should guarantee a minimum annual cash income for every citizen."

Note from Joan Daves to MLK

Wednesday, September 4, 1963
New York, NY, SPAIN

A representative of Joan Daves is enclosing a check for $120 for the Spanish edition of the book "Stride Toward Freedom."

John Duns Scotus

UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE

Dr. King records these notes about the life of John Duns Scotus, a noted Scottish philosopher and theologian of the High Middle Ages.

Letter from Senator Clifford P. Case to MLK Regarding Poll Taxes as a Condition to Vote

Wednesday, April 28, 1965
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

New Jersey Senator Clifford Case informs Dr. King that he feels strongly about the elimination of poll taxes as a condition to vote, and he will do his best to push through a provision abolishing these taxes.

Postcard from Ollie Wilson to MLK

Tuesday, March 12, 1968
New York (NY), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Brooklyn, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Ollie Wilson expresses his opinion regarding war and evolution to Dr. King.

Letter from MLK to Charles H. Dorr

Friday, January 5, 1968
Wisconsin (WI), New York (NY), SOUTH AFRICA

Dr. King writes Charles Dorr acknowledging his support of the young African American men who are boycotting the Olympic games. King states, "the country must concern itself with the plight of all Negroes and not just the privileged few."

Letter from Gitta Badeker to Dora McDonald

Friday, August 11, 1967
New York (NY)

Gitta Badeker informs Dora McDonald of an offer from Santi Ando & Figli for the Italian rights to "Where Do We Go from Here," and includes administrative instructions on how to proceed.

Letter from Hester DeLacy to MLK

Los Angeles, CA

Hester De Lacy contributes to the SCLC and expresses an urgent need for written copies of Dr. King's speeches. Mr. De Lacy informs Dr. King that he would prefer a copy of a speech delivered to a large and small audience in both the North and South of the country.

Letter from Nicholas Katzenbach to MLK

Tuesday, August 30, 1966
Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS)