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Letter from Johann R. Goelz to MLK

Tuesday, May 7, 1963
Milwaukee, WI, GERMANY

Johann R. Goelz highlights the spiritual irony that Dr. King's has the same name of the historical Martin Luther. Mr. Goelz served as a former Lutheran pastor in Germany and expounds on the religious realities of Jesus Christ.

Letter from Vivian Dilday to MLK

Friday, October 27, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Mrs. Theodore A. Dilday writes Dr. King on behalf of the Committee on Benevolences of The Riverside Church in New York. Enclosed with the letter is a $1,000 check for the SCLC.

Letter From MLK to Mrs. William Lescase

Tuesday, November 22, 1966
New York, NY

Dr.King thanks Mrs. William Lescaze for her contribution to the SCLC.

The Emergency Civil Liberties Committee Defends the Constitutional Rights

Friday, February 16, 1968
VIETNAM, New York (NY), New York, NY

ECLC writes to ask for assistance with their efforts to criminalize governmental draft tactics. As staunch supporters of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, ECLC argues that the Draft is a violation of citizen's constitutional rights. Furthermore, they have dedicated their services to protecting the rights of youth, arguing that the draft is economically discriminatory in "student deferments". The organization challenges other civil liberties organizations to join them in this fight.

Injunction Requested by the City of Birmingham against Protests

Birmingham, AL

The City of Birmingham submitted this "bill of injunction" to the Circuit Court of Alabama to try to stop the sit ins, boycott pickets, and marches led by Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, SCLC, and others in April of 1963. After the injunction was granted and served April 10th, they continued their civil disobedience and many more were arrested. From solitary confinement, Dr. King then wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

The Servant of Jehovah

Dr. King writes that Isaiah 41:1-6 seems to describe the servant of the Lord as the personification of Israel, whose task is to bring peace and prosperity to Israel and knowledge of Him to the entire world.

Letter from Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation

Tuesday, April 19, 1966
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Hector G. Trout, Assistant Secretary of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, expresses interest in Dr. King speaking at their teachers' convention.

Jesus

Dr. King highlights the significant characteristics of Jesus Christ.

Letter from MLK to Miss Kathy Granata

Wednesday, January 31, 1962
New York (NY)

Dr. King responds to a previous letter from Kathy Granata hoping that her words reflect the attitudes and thinking of the majority of today's young people. The Reverend continues by addressing Granata's young friend, stating that his exposure to her may aid him toward discovery.

List of Persons Invited to the Advisory Board for World Government

Tuesday, December 12, 1967
BRAZIL, ISRAEL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, GREECE, CONGO / ZAIRE

This document lists seven international figures who were invited to take a seat on the Advisory Board for World Government.

Letter from Harry H. Wachtel to MLK

Thursday, January 12, 1967
New York, NY

Mr. Wachtel informs Dr. King that a large donation made by Mrs. Ann Farnsworth is now available. Wachtel then asks Dr. King who is to send the acknowledgment.

Letter from MLK to Rev. and Mrs. Gardiner Day

Thursday, July 30, 1964
Cambridge, MA

Dr. King offers his gratitude to Rev. and Mrs. Day for their contribution to the SCLC. He expresses delight in knowing that the Days' donation will help to empower employment initiatives and voting rights programs in the United States. The letter was written in the weeks following the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Telegram from MLK to President Johnson on Rhodesia

Thursday, November 11, 1965
Washington, D.C., South Africa

Dr. King urges President Johnson to respond to the unilateral declaration of independence by Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia by withdrawing American officials, refusing diplomatic recognition and severing economic ties.

Bogalusa

Virginia (VA), Louisiana (LA)

Antoinette McNally retells the story of a Negro man who was brutally murdered for the alleged rape of a white woman. McNally shares that the story has been kept silenced for forty-six years.

Letter from Autieve Smith of Revelation Baptist Church to MLK

Tuesday, August 25, 1964
Cincinnati, OH

Autieve Smith writes on behalf of Revelation Baptist Church to express their happiness in Dr. King's acceptance in being a part of their program with the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir. Smith informs Dr. King of the time and place of his address and asks that he provide the committee with the needed information to plan his accommodations.

Letter from Kivie Kaplan to Dora McDonald

Wednesday, July 26, 1967
Massachusetts (MA), Missouri (MO), New York, NY

Kivie Kaplan discusses with Dora McDonald the order of 200 books with autographed signatures from Dr. King. Mr. Kaplan has appointed direction of the order to Miss Roberta Halpern of the Publication Division of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Letter from Benjamin Mays to MLK

Friday, November 29, 1963
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays writes to Dr. King shortly after President Kennedy's assassination to urge him to take precautions.

Great Neck Declaration of Rededication

New York (NY)

The citizens of Great Neck, New York rededicate themselves to the "struggle for equality and justice."

Letter from Lawrence Guyot to MLK

Monday, April 11, 1966
Jackson, MS, Washington, D.C., Mississippi (MS)

Lawrence Guyot of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party seeks Dr. King's support for the Mississippi election campaign.

Letter from Mr. David Winder to MLK

Monday, November 7, 1966
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA

Mr. David Winder writes Dr. King in an attempt to gain an interview during one of Dr. King's upcoming visits to New York.

Telegram from Mathew Ahmann to MLK

Thursday, November 2, 1967
Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL, Illinois (IL), Alabama (AL)

The Director of the National Catholic Conference on Interracial Justice offers the support of his organization during Dr. King's imprisonment in Birmingham Jail.

Letter from Helen Harris to MLK

Wednesday, October 28, 1964
CANADA

Helen Harris, Chairman of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto's Social Action Committee, congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letter to MLK Regarding Merit Award

Indiana (IN)

The author writes a letter that advocates for Dr. King to win an award of merit. In the letter, he discusses some major events that occurred throughout the Reverend's life. Some of these events include: leading the Civil Rights Movement, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and becoming a strong political figure.

Letter to MLK from Mrs. Mary Jane Chattams

Friday, November 17, 1967
Ohio (OH), Berlin, Germany

Mrs. Chattams, a student, has contacted Dr. King for further clarity regarding a sermon he reportedly delivered in a Communist Church. Sharing Dr. King’s comments will be informative and beneficial for future class discussions.

MLK's Statement on Church Bombing in Leesburg, GA

Wednesday, August 15, 1962
Georgia (GA)

MLK expresses his clear disgust with the actions of the civil rights resisters, denouncing their bombing of a local church.

Letter to the Montgomery Advertiser

Friday, January 11, 1957
Montgomery, AL

The Southern Negro Leaders Conference expresses their appreciation to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Letter from Jan H. Jansen to MLK

Saturday, January 11, 1964
Oslo, Norway

Jan Jansen writes Dr. King a letter inquiring about him speaking at one of their meetings.

Telegram from MLK to the Fairmont Hotel

Saturday, September 16, 1967
California (CA), San Francisco, CA

Dr. King writes to the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco California, requesting a reservation of two single rooms.

A Statement to the South and Nation

Mississippi (MS), Atlanta, GA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Georgia (GA), HUNGARY, South Africa

This seemingly unexceptional document signifies the birth of the SCLC. Dr. King, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Rev. C. K. Steele assembled a consortium of leaders in Atlanta following the end of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Southern Leaders Conference on Transportation and Non-Violent Integration issued this statement that addresses the intimidation, discrimination and economic disparity Negroes face in the South. The statement appeals to the federal government to intervene against assaults that block basic civil rights.

Joint Memorandum of Intern Regarding the Death of James Reeb

Tuesday, June 1, 1965

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the American Friends Service Committee have each established a James Reeb Memorial Fund. The purpose of these funds are to provide financial assistance to those who are personally involved in the struggle for equal rights. James Reeb was a white civil rights activist who was brutally murdered by white segregationists in Selma, 1965.