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Memo from Theodore Brown

Monday, January 22, 1968
NIGERIA, New York (NY)

Mr. Brown informs several African American leaders, including Dr. King, of his attempts to raise funds for the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa.

Birthday Card from Belle and Cleveland to MLK

Dr. King receives a birthday card from Belle and Cleveland entitled, "North, South, East or West."

People in Action: Recognition and Opportunity


Dr. King states there are two basic elements to human rights: recognition and opportunity.

Letter from Leroy Benefield to MLK

Tuesday, January 23, 1968
Texas (TX)

Mr. Benefield requests information on how Dr. King prepared his Old Testatment sermons.

Telegram from Richard Daley to Dr. King Requesting Meeting

Chicago, IL

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley invites Dr. King to meet with him and other religious leaders to discuss programs that will improve the quality of life in Chicago.


Dr. King highlights a quote regarding the distinction between Reform, Orthodox and Conservative Judaism.

Letter from Polly G. to MLK

Sunday, March 4, 1962
Berkeley, CA, Atlanta, GA

Polly G. writes Dr. King informing him that her class is creating reports on famous people. She has chosen to write her report on Dr. King and asks him to assist her by sending some additional material along with a photograph.

Letter from Benjamin E. Mays to MLK

Wednesday, November 28, 1962
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Mays requests the help of Dr. King and several other ministers to promote theological education among Baptist parishioners.

Letter from Alfred Hearin to MLK

Monday, October 30, 1967
Birmingham, AL, Florida (FL)

Alfred Hearin expresses to Dr. King that he admires him and that he has faith in his ability to help mankind. He then asks Dr. King to send him a handwritten letter and a photograph of himself for his collection.

Letter from MLK to Philip Lubliner

Wednesday, August 23, 1961
New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King expresses gratitude for Mr. Lubliner's support during the "freedom struggle in the South."

Letter from MLK to Newsweek Editor Joseph Cummings

Friday, December 22, 1961
Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH

Dr. King writes Joseph B. Cummings, Jr. in response to a headline article suggesting that Dr. King had advocated that Negroes turn to a new ideology in their struggle – Communism or the Muslim Movement. He wonders how his statement on a television program in Cleveland could be so misinterpreted.

Negro Population

Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Virginia (VA)

This document compares the number of Negro registered voters and the potential number of registered Negro voters to the Negro population in the Southern United States.

Letter from C. L. Swartzentruber to MLK

Monday, February 3, 1964
Ohio (OH), Atlanta, GA

School Superintendent C. L. Swartzentruber invites Dr. King to speak at Central Christian High School for their Fourth Annual Lecture-Music Series. He also congratulates Dr. King on being "Time's Man of the Year" and states that, as Mennonites, they are particularly interested in his nonviolent strategy.


Dr. King references the religious philosopher William Ernest Hocking regarding the topic of evil.

Letter from Joan Daves to Andrew Young

Friday, April 21, 1967
New York (NY)

In this letter, Ms. Daves focuses on Dr. King's speeches and discusses copyrighting issues.

Request to Use "I Have a Dream" Speech in a Musical Composition

Wednesday, September 18, 1963
New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY)

Classical composer Irwin Heilner requests Dr. King's permission to sample the "I Have a Dream" speech in a musical work. Heilner specifies his plans to send the song to musicians in order to get it published, and outlines the terms of the royalties if it is successful. The notes at the bottom of the letter indicate that Dr. King referred Heilner to attorney Clarence Jones regarding use of the speech.

Spring Mobilization Committee Roundup of Nationwide Mobilization Activity

Monday, April 3, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM, Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD, California (CA), Berkeley, CA, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Connecticut (CT), New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Michigan (MI), Detroit, MI, New Hampshire (NH), Texas (TX), Iowa (IA), CANADA, Kansas (KS), Wisconsin (WI), Maine (ME), Minnesota (MN), South Dakota (SD), Ohio (OH), Indiana (IN), North Dakota (ND), Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington (WA), Missouri (MO), AUSTRALIA, Tennessee (TN), Arizona (AZ), Washington, D.C., West Virginia (WV), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Cincinnati, OH

This document outlines activities around the country leading up to the April 15 Spring Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam rally in New York City.

Letter from Chandrasekhar and Gouri Bhattacharya to MLK

Saturday, December 25, 1965

Chandrasekhar and Gouri Bhattacharya of Calcutta, India request that Dr. King send blessings to their daughter Chirashree on her second birthday.

Photographed Sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt

This is a photographed sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962.

Letter from MLK Validating Press Release

Thursday, December 1, 1966
Chicago, IL

Dr. King validates a press release from SCLC's Department of Special Projects and Economic Development about expanding Chicago's Operation Breadbasket to a national level.

Letter to Mr. Walter Simcich from MLK

Tuesday, September 7, 1965
Oregon (OR), CANADA

Dr. King informs Walter Simcich that he is "deeply grateful" to have been extended this invitation. Furthermore, Dr. King notifies Mr. Simcich that he is unable to accept this speaking engagement due to his heavy schedule involving the nonviolence movement.


Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “Systematic Theology” on man as the telos (purpose) of creation.

Letter from Gail Lamb to MLK

Monday, April 1, 1968

Gail Lamb requests information from Dr. King for her research on prejudice, especially on "manifestations, kinds, and objects of prejudice."

MLK's Index Card Referencing Bertrand Russell

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines Bertrand Russell's views on man.

Telegram from Nelson Rockefeller to MLK

Thursday, March 18, 1965
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), New York (NY), Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL)

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller writes to Dr. King in appreciation for notice of the Selma to Montgomery March. He describes the leadership of Dr. King and others involved in the Civil Rights Movement as "the finest American tradition."

Letter from Dick Smyth to MLK

Tuesday, March 19, 1963
Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA

Dick Smyth, Vice President of the Windsor Men's Press Club, confirms Dr. King's telephone commitment to meet with Detroit and Windsor, Ontario press in an "off the record" news conference.

Handwritten Notecard about Peace

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines J Maritain's views on Peace, from the book Christianity and Democracy.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Tuesday, July 21, 1964
New York, NY

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King of updates regarding the advertisement of "Why We Can't Wait". Joan Daves also discusses a conversation they previously had on the phone and gives an explanation of her actions.

Book Cover Notes

Alabama (AL), Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL

These remarks about Dr. King's book, "Where Do We Go From Here?" were prepared for the cover of his book and offer a very helpful overview of the early days of Dr. King's work.

Letter from Kenneth Lee to MLK

Monday, August 1, 1966

Kenneth Lee, President of the International Confederation of Disarmament and Peace, invites Dr. King to become a sponsor of the organization.