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Letter from Tom Perry to MLK

Tuesday, December 26, 1967
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., VIETNAM

Tom Perry thanks Dr. King for inspiring him to continue his work in the peace movement in Canada.

Letter from W. E. Charlton to MLK

Wednesday, November 20, 1963
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, South Dakota (SD)

W. E. Charlton of the Curtis Publishing Company informs Dr. King of suspicious Saturday Evening Post order subscriptions under his name to different addresses. Charlton explains that they have cancelled the subscriptions and request that he ignore any billing until the fix is complete. Charlton encloses the fraudulent subscription order forms.

Letter from B. J. Mason to President Johnson

Friday, February 9, 1968
Georgia (GA), Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL)

B. J. Mason deplores how justice is not yet color-blind, at least in Alabama. Mason states that Mr. Boykin's right to "due process of law" is being violated. Edward Boykin admitted guilt to a crime and was sentenced to death, but the trial judge had not ensured that the defendant understood the plea. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction in Boykin vs. Alabama (1968), citing the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Invitation from Charles H. Day to MLK

Wednesday, December 8, 1965
Iowa (IA)

In this letter, Charles H. Day encloses a letter that invites Dr. King to Iowa on the behalf of Reverend Edwin T. Dahlberg.

MLK's Plans for Cleveland

Dr. King outlines programs and development that he will implement in Cleveland. King frequently went to Cleveland throughout his time as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Friday, August 14, 1964
New York, NY

This letter references the enclosure of a check as an advance for the German edition of "Strength to Love".

Statement to SCLC Board About Alabama Boycotts

Friday, April 2, 1965
Baltimore, MD

In this statement, Dr. King explains the need for a boycott of the state of Alabama because of extreme violence and police overreaction, which he calls "totalitarian."

John Scotus Eriugena

Dr. King writes about Irish philosopher and theologian John Scotus Eriugena. He records a quote that states, "Authority comes from reason not reason from authority."

Letter from Rev. William M. Brooks to MLK

Tuesday, September 13, 1966
Chicago, IL, Indiana (IN)

William Brooks, Executive Director of the Gary Neighborhood House, requests Dr. King's permission for his staff to visit the SCLC Chicago office to observe their work being done in the slum areas.

SCLC Affiliates

Tuesday, October 17, 1967
Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Atlanta, GA, Mississippi (MS)

Tom O. writes Mrs. King attaching an example of a brochure which entails a description SCLC's affiliate program. Tom O. also insures Mrs. King that the color in which the brochure is printed is not final.

Highlander Reports: Black Power in Mississipi

Tennessee (TN), Mississippi (MS), South Carolina (SC), Atlantic City, NJ, Michigan (MI), Kentucky (KY)

In this newsletter, the writers speak about various issues concerning African Americans and their discrimination in politics.

MLK on Student Sit-Ins

Friday, April 15, 1960
North Carolina (NC)

Dr. King applauds the students participating in sit-in demonstrations and states that the leaders must develop a strategy for victory. He suggests topics for discussion including: creating an organization, a nationwide selective buying campaign, training for jail not bail, further exploration of nonviolence, and taking the freedom struggle into every community without exception. These suggestions led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Christian Social Philosophy II

New York (NY)

An outline briefly explains T.S. Eliot's opinion on culture and how it pertains to religion, specifically Christianity. Notes taken on the side of the outline insinuate that Western culture is beginning to disintegrate because the values it was built on are decreasing in importance.

Letter from Mary L. Powell to MLK

Monday, January 8, 1968
Georgia (GA), Montgomery, AL, Boston, MA

Mary L. Powell writes to Dr. King expressing how she has been following and considering his plans, but disproves of his methods.

Poor People's Campaign News

Friday, March 15, 1968
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, California (CA), New York, NY, New York (NY), Denver, CO, Colorado (CO), Chicago, IL, West Virginia (WV), Washington (WA), New Jersey (NJ), North Carolina (NC), Arizona (AZ), Brooklyn, NY, Louisville, KY, Texas (TX), Kentucky (KY), New Mexico (NM), Ohio (OH)

This newsletter shares details regarding the end of a historic meeting of American minority group leaders who declared unanimous support for the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C. The names of organizations and leaders pledging their support are also included.

Letter from Kenneth Opp to MLK

Friday, March 15, 1968
Washington (WA), Atlanta, GA

Kenneth Opp requests information from Dr. King relating to the Time Magazine 'Choice 68' initiative.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Peter White

Friday, September 10, 1965
London, England, CANADA

Dora McDonald notifies Peter White, of the University of Western Ontario, that Dr. King is unable to accept any additional speaking engagements for the "next seven or eight months."


Dr. King quantifies the capabilities of God's will through Job 42:2 and the affirmation that God is able do everything.

Letter from Barbee William Durham of the Columbus NAACP to MLK

Friday, May 3, 1963
Columbus, OH, Birmingham, AL

Barbee Durham informs Dr. King of the upcoming annual membership drive for the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the NAACP. In an effort to publicize their efforts they ask that Dr. King record spot announcements on three area radio stations.

Telegram from MLK to Rev. Jesse Jackson

Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL

Dr. King writes to Rev. Jesse Jackson, urgently requesting his presence at a meeting of the Action Committee for Washington.

Letter from Mildred Scott Olmsted to MLK

Friday, June 19, 1964
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania (PA), Indiana (IN), Washington, D.C., St. Augustine, FL

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom would like Dr. King to send his greetings for their 50th Anniversary celebration.

Letter from Members of a French Church to Dr. King

Monday, January 22, 1968

Members of the Paul - Gerhardt Church in Cologne, France send Dr. King birthday greetings.

Telegram from Chaim Potok to Andrew J. Young

Tuesday, May 11, 1965
New York, NY

Reverend Andrew J. Young informs Rabbi Chaim Potok that his heavy involvement in the South will not permit him to engage in any writing.

Telegram from Paul Deitrich to John Lewis

Sunday, March 21, 1965
Washington, D.C., Selma, AL

Paul Deitrich commends John Lewis for his speech in Washington and urges him to contact him whenever he is in Washington again. He also wants to express a much-delayed apology.

Letter from E. Douglas to MLK

Wednesday, August 10, 1966
California (CA)

E. Douglas takes pride in a $60 contribution to the SCLC.

Letter from Herbert Coulton to Friends

Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Albany, GA, Georgia (GA), St. Augustine, FL, Florida (FL)

Herbert Coulton, SCLC Director of Affiliates, encourages more supporters to become church affiliates. Mr. Coulton informs readers that the "SCLC is commonly considered as the Social Action Arm of the Christian Churches in America."

Letter from Jack Egle to MLK

Tuesday, April 12, 1966
FRANCE, Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Jack Engle, European Director of the Council on Student Travel, thanks Dr. King for intervening during the "Nuit des Droits Civiques" in Paris. He also informs Dr. King that the ad hoc committee formed for the event will be disbanded at an upcoming meeting.

Letter from Martha Johnson to MLK

Thursday, May 3, 1962
Philadelphia, PA, New York (NY), Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA

Martha Johnson invites Dr. King to be a member of the John Brown Memorial Association, which is dedicated to the memory of its first freedom rider.

Letter from Juanita Kurtza to MLK

Wednesday, November 20, 1963
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI)

Juanita Kurtza sends Dr. King a list of scriptures to encourage him in his work. She also apologizes for her inability to send money.

Letter from Marion Arnold to MLK

Wednesday, July 19, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY

Marion Arnold, chairman of the Ecumenical Mission Committee of Broadway United Church of Christ, expresses thanks for the copy of Dr. King's book "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"