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MLK - Notes on "Highest Value"

These handwritten notes of Dr. King's focus on the concept of "highest value" in its various iterations.

Telegram from Dover Beale and Theodore Patterson to MLK

Monday, September 22, 1958
Baltimore, MD, New York, NY, Maryland (MD), New York (NY)

Dover Beale and Theodore Patterson send well wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Dr. King.

Newark Evening News: King's Standing Grows

Wednesday, August 24, 1966
Chicago, IL

This 1966 Newark Evening News article outlines the history and progression of Dr. King's leadership during an SCLC initiative addressing discriminatory living practices in Chicago.

Enclosure to MLK - A Call for a National Fast by CALCAV

This is an enclosure that accompanied a letter dated March 22, 1968 from John C. Bennett to Dr. King. Dr. King spoke often of the need of fasting to repent for the sin of Vietnam, and was closely associated with the Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV). Between the writing of this letter and the event itself, Dr. King would be assassinated.

Christ

Dr. King quotes a passage from Adolf Harnack's "What Is Christianity?" in which Harnack contrasts Plato's focus on the wise with that of Jesus Christ, who finds value in every human.

Philosophy

Dr. King records a note on G. K. Chesterson's view on man's personal philosophy.

Telegram from Danish Students Association to MLK

Dr. King is invited to an Amsterdam Conference by the Danish Students Association.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rev. William Lawson

Wednesday, May 6, 1964
Texas (TX)

Dora McDonald writes in response to a request from Reverend William Lawson of Texas Southern University. McDonald encloses a biographical sketch and photograph of Dr. King, then relays a message from the Reverend to exclude a reception for him on May 17.

Chicago Nonviolent Action Proposal

Chicago, IL, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Tennessee (TN), Indiana (IN), Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL, New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Kentucky (KY), Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

SCLC's proposal for a nonviolent action campaign in Chicago identifies the city as the prototype for the northern urban race problem. The proposal includes a snapshot of the situation in Chicago, past approaches, SCLC?s philosophy of social change, a description of twelve different aspects of the problem of economic exploitation, and a plan and timetable for mobilizing forces. Objectives are stated for the federal, state, and local levels. SCLC proposes to work in collaboration with the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations.

Around The World Pilgrimage Proposal

Tuesday, December 31, 1963
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, New York (NY), Hawaii (HI), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Mr. W Emerson Smith appoints Dr. King and Mr. Abernathy as leaders of a proposed pilgrimage around the world. Mr. Smith outlines the estimated costs and planned itinerary along with profits for the SCLC.

Notecard Written by MLK Regarding Roosevelt Day Address on "Peace"

Friday, January 25, 1952

Here in this notecard, Dr. King provides a quote from the Roosevelt Day address concerning peace, on January 25, 1952.

Letter from Anna Mull Jones to MLK

Monday, October 30, 1967
Indiana (IN)

Anna M. Jones informs Dr. King that she will pray for him while he is in jail, but she also requests that he read the history of the United States and reread the Constitution. She asserts that the Republican Party was created for the express purpose of halting the spread of slavery.

Letter from Muriel N. Bishop to MLK

Saturday, November 2, 1963
CANADA

Muriel N. Bishop, President of the Manitoba branch of Voice of Women, invites Dr. King to "address a public meeting" in Winnipeg at his earliest convenience. She expresses their interest in learning about his philosophy and efforts in the Civil Rights Movement.

Telegram from Nelson Rockefeller on Church Bombing

Monday, September 16, 1963
New York, New York (NY), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller comments on the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombings and expresses his sympathy to the families of the four children who were killed.

Letter of Condolence from Anny Elston

Saturday, April 6, 1968
New York (NY)

73 year old widow Amy Elston, who makes contributions sparingly to the SCLC, is deeply impacted in her philanthropy in the wake of Dr. King's death and decides to send this letter, along with a contribution, to the SCLC to show her support in the advancement of the actualization of Dr. King's dreams.

Letter from the Spring Mobilization Coordinating Center to MLK

Monday, February 27, 1967
VIETNAM, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Los Angeles, CA, California (CA), San Francisco, CA, New York (NY), New York, NY

A.L. Everett conveys pleasure in knowing Dr. and Mrs. King are sponsors of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and that Dr. King will be speaking at an upcoming rally in San Francisco on April 15th. Everett requests that any further press releases concerning the planned demonstrations in both San Francisco and New York also include statements from both Dr. and Mrs. King.

Memorandum from MLK

Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), Boston, MA

Dr. King regrets his absence at the Unity Council meeting and apologizes for his inability to sign a statement because it disagreed with his methods of civil disobedience.

Prophet

Dr. King defines prophet.

Letter from MLK to William A. Bennett Jr.

Tuesday, January 18, 1966
New Jersey (NJ)

Dr. King responds to a letter from William Bennett in which Bennett suggested the phrase "dark skinned American" be used to describe African Americans. Dr. King discusses the connotations of the hateful words "deeply rooted in the debilitating racist caste ordering of our society's slavery epoch and segregation era."

Broadside Regarding Julia Brown's Speech on MLK's Communist Connections

Texas (TX), Arkansas (AR)

This broadside advertises a speech to be given by former FBI agent Julia Brown. Brown was to speak on the alleged communist connections of Dr. King.

Notecard Regarding Capitalism

This notecard quotes Walter Rauschenbusch's thoughts on capitalism.

Final Plans for the Washington Poor People's Campaign

Washington, D.C., Memphis, TN, Mississippi (MS), Selma, AL, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO

This document outlines the dates, times, places and events that will take place in preparation for the Washington Poor People's Campaign.

Soul Force and Woman Power

This notecard titled Soul Force refers to a Woman Power March to be held on June 19, 1968

Letter from Lucille D. Anderson to MLK inviting him to Philadelphia

Monday, January 8, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA)

In this letter, Dr. King's presence is requested by Lucille Anderson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ebenezer Project Bill

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Citizens Trust Company reminds the SCLC of an upcoming payment related to the "Ebenezer Project."

How Dodd Differs From Powell/Dwellings Toured

Connecticut (CT), New York (NY), New York, NY, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

The newspaper article entitled, "How Dodd Differs From Powell," examines how differently Senator J. Dodd and Congressman Adam C. Powell were treated after a major controversy. This controversy resulted in the removal of Congressman Powell from office.

SCLC President's Report - MLK

Wednesday, August 10, 1966
Jackson, MS, Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Birmingham, AL, Selma, AL, Chicago, IL, South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Illinois (IL), Kentucky (KY), Tennessee (TN), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA), Texas (TX)

Delivered at the Tenth Annual Convention of the SCLC, Dr. King presents the annual report for the organization. King addresses several elements of the Civil Rights Movement as he discusses the successes, plans, goals, and vision of the SCLC in relation to the wider movement it represents.

Luther

Dr. King references the political philosophy Martin Luther and quotes, "I will side always with him, however unjust, who endures rebellion and against him who rebels, however unjust."

Kant

Dr. King outlines principles of Kantian philosophy regarding morality and religion.

Pride

Dr. King quotes St. Augustine and C. S. Lewis on pride.