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Letter from MLK to H. A. Cruse

Wednesday, February 9, 1966
Georgia (GA)

Dr. King extends support to H. A. Cruse, an individual whose constitutional rights were violated. Dr. King emphasizes that it is not just Negroes who have been "subjected to victimization resulting from failure of Southern law enforcement authorities to follow constitutional practices."

Letter from Harry Walker to Dora McDonald

Monday, September 25, 1967
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, New Jersey (NJ)

Harry Walker writes Dora McDonald regarding contracts for Dr. King's future speaking engagements.

Poor People's Campaign 1968

Washington, D.C.

This pamphlet produced by the Southern Christian Leadership Council promotes the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D. C. for the spring of 1968.

Righteousness

Dr. King records a quote on righteousness from Karl Barth's "The Epistle to the Romans."

Instructions for Honorary Degree Recipients

This document reflects instructions for Dr. King as the recipient of an honorary degree from Yale University. The program also includes some random handwritten notes by Dr. King and information regarding his seating arrangement.

Letter From Kivie Kaplan to MLK

Sunday, February 5, 1967
Florida (FL), JAMAICA, New York (NY)

In this letter, Mr. Kaplan thanks "Coretta and Martin" for their cards and acknowledges the preparation of Dr. King's fourth book.

Letter from Arnold S. Zander to MLK

Thursday, December 22, 1966
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Atlantic City, NJ

Mr. Zander, President of United World Federalists, invites Dr. King to serve on the organization's National Advisory Board.

Letter from E. H. Williams to MLK

California (CA)

E. H. Williams writes to tell Dr. King of the great job he is doing speaking out on the Vietnam War.

Letter from Charles Sellers to MLK

Saturday, April 29, 1967
Berkeley, CA, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., Geneva, Switzerland

Charles Sellers, a Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, writes this letter to Dr. King promoting the Washington Convocation On The National Crisis. He encloses the proposal that he and Cecil Thomas discussed with Mrs. King over the phone. The proposal details the organized effort to marshal public sentiment against current US policy in Vietnam. Five hundred prominent Americans will be invited to the convocation, to be held in Washington, DC.

The Cultural Crisis

Dr. King quotes Edward Hallett Carr's "Conditions of Peace."

Letter from Franklin H. Williams to MLK

Friday, October 23, 1964
New York, NY

Ambassador Williams congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and invites him to a United Nations reception.

Resolution for the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.

This document is a resolution that explains the rules for current and incoming members of the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives.

Telegram from MLK regarding OEO

Monday, October 30, 1967
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King sent this telegram to several members of the House of Representatives urging them to approve a vote on the Office of Economic Opportunity and the War on Poverty.

Letter from Frank Emspak to MLK

Tuesday, February 15, 1966
Wisconsin (WI), Atlanta, GA

Frank Emspak, Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee, writes Dr. King requesting SCLC's sponsorship for the anti-war convention. This letter helps track activities of national peace movement.

Invitation to John F. Kennedy Funeral

Saturday, November 23, 1963
Washington, D.C.

This telegram sent from The White House in Washington, invites Dr. King to participate in the funeral services for President John F. Kennedy.

Letter from MLK to Margaret Flinsch

Friday, January 5, 1968
New York, NY

In this letter to Mrs. Margaret Flinsch, Dr. King personally thanks Flinsch for her generous contribution to SCLC and explains how her support benefits SCLC's efforts.

New York Post: A Poor Show

Thursday, October 27, 1966
Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C.

The Child Development Group in Mississippi (CDGM) was a head start project created in 1965 with the help of a federally funded grant. The program not only specialized in child development, but sought to increase community involvement. In late 1966, Mississippi Senator Stennis "opened fire" on the program, charging those involved with malpractice. Consequently, Sargent Shiver, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, formed a "more respectable anti-poverty unity" called Mississippi Action for Progress to takeover CDGM.

Letter from MLK to Thomas K. Gilhool

Wednesday, September 6, 1967
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King apologizes for his tardy response to a previous letter from Thomas Gilhool. He also expresses regret for his inability to speak at a dinner honoring Marjorie Penney.

Boston University Graduation Exercises

Sunday, June 5, 1955
Boston, MA

Boston University awards an honorary PhD of Laws to John F. Kennedy.

Telegram from Harry Van Arsdale to MLK While in Jaill

Monday, October 24, 1960
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Harry Van Asrdale, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, informs Dr. King that the organization has voted to demand the release of Dr. King and others from Fulton County Jail. He states that the arrest violates "basic constitutional rights" and that the Council fully supports the fight to end discrimination and segregation in the United States.

Handwritten Notecard Defining Philosophy

Dr. King documents a quote from a book entitled "Philosophy of Religion".

Hunger U.S.A.

Mississippi (MS), GEORGIA, Texas (TX), South Carolina (SC), Kentucky (KY)

This pamphlet outlines the necessity for intervention programs, like the National Council of Negro Women's pilot program, to combat the issue of malnutrition within the African American community.

MLK Remarks at The World March Toward Human Rights Luncheon

Thursday, May 28, 1964
Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Virginia (VA), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King addresses the 25th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Dr. King delivers remarks honoring the work of the Fund in combating the system of racial segregation and striving for human rights. He advocates the need for current civil rights legislation, but finds congressional hesitation frustrating and problematic. Referencing the 1964 Civil Right's Act, King is convinced that if the bill is not passed, the "nation will drift toward its moral and political doom."

Letter from J. Saba to Clarence B. Jones

Friday, April 5, 1968
New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

"In this the blackest hour of our nation...," J. Saba refers to the assassination of Dr. King. Saba speaks to the urgency to preserve the "American Dream", in light of Dr. King's untimely death. He offers two fitting suggestions: first to establish a MLK, Jr. Memorial Library on Non-Violence and Civil Rights and second to erect a MLK, Jr. Interfaith Chapel at Morehouse College.

Letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Fred Lofton

Written on SCLC stationary, Fred Lofton addressed this letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy. On behalf of his church, First African Baptist Church, Mr. Lofton pledged to continue to extend support for the work of SCLC.

Stanford University Faculty and Staff Pledge of Civil Disobedience

Friday, May 26, 1967
California (CA), VIETNAM

The Faculty and Staff members of Stanford University make a pledge of civil disobedience to protest the Vietnam conflict. The individuals signing the pledge request members of the clergy and academic community with like sentiments to join them in this demonstration.

God (His Love)

Dr. King quotes Borden Parker Bowne's "Studies in Christianity" on God's infinite love for humanity.

Letter from Ram Aurangabadkar and Dinkar Sakrikar to MLK

Tuesday, June 7, 1966
INDIA

The Sarvajanik Kalyan Samiti society praises Dr. King for effectively using the method of "mass civil resistance" developed by Mahatma Gandhi. As a token of appreciation, the society would like to donate a bust of Mahatma Gandhi to be installed in a children's park in the United States. The society requests that Dr. King arrange the installment.

Letter from Norberto Ibarrondo to MLK

Friday, May 21, 1965
New York, NY, Montgomery, AL

Norberto Ibarrondo, President of Children Organization for Civil Rights, writes Dr. King expressing their desire to replace "discrimination with brotherhood." Ibarrondo informs Dr. King of a fundraiser their organization sponsored and encloses the money as a contribution. Ibarrondo also states that their school is dedicating their yearbook to President Kennedy and Dr. King.

Letter from Raphael Demos to MLK

Tuesday, May 28, 1963
Massachusetts (MA), Nashville, TN

Professor Demos commends Dr. King on his statement in "Christianity and Crisis" and inquires whether Dr. King was a student of his at Harvard. Demos also expresses his views on race relations in the South.