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History and Human Nature

Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation" on the rebellion against rationalism's interpretation of human nature.

Letter from MLK to Quentin N. Burdick

Wednesday, June 24, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King expresses gratitude to Quentin Burdick, a United States Senator from North Dakota, for supporting the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Unsigned Letter of Support

Monday, December 25, 1967

The following document is a letter of support and encouragement written to Dr. King, the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ernest Shaefer

Tuesday, June 28, 1966
Pennsylvania (PA)

Ms. McDonald informs Mr. Shaefer that Dr. King will be able to speak in Kennett Square in Pennsylvania.

Resolution of the SCLC Board Regarding Vietnam

Thursday, August 11, 1966
Mississippi (MS), Jackson, MS, VIETNAM

This resolution of the Tenth Annual Convention of the SCLC, outlines the effects of the expansion of the Vietnam War and recommends future action steps for the administration of the organization.

Letter from Doris Everett to MLK

Virginia (VA), Montgomery, AL

Ms. Everett expresses appreciation to Dr. King for leading a successful boycott in Montgomery, Alabama and for his contributions to help Negros obtain equality.

Black Power and the American Christ


The Christian Century published this article by historian and civil rights activist Vincent Harding in its June 4, 1967 issue. In the essay, Harding, friend, associate, and speech writer for Dr. King, claims that Eurocentric Christianity antagonized the Black Power Movement.

Photo of MLK and Mr. David

Jackson, MS

Mr. David sends Dr. King a picture displaying the two outside a Jackson, Mississippi Holiday Inn.

Vote No on State Question 409 – Oklahoma NAACP

Oklahoma (OK)

Dr. King and other civil rights leaders state their opinions regarding ballot question 409, the "right to work" law. All of the civil rights leaders encourage Negro readers to vote against passing his law because it will not benefit the Negro worker.

Letter from W.T. Durr to MLK

Wednesday, February 7, 1968
Maryland (MD), Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA

Pastor Durr donates funds to help Dr. King and his efforts of nonviolence.

A Brief Summary of Fifteen Years at Morehouse

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), FRANCE, Ohio (OH), Cincinnati, OH, Michigan (MI), FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Massachusetts (MA), Boston, MA, Washington, D.C., NETHERLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, SWITZERLAND, INDIA, Cleveland, OH

This pamphlet is from Dr. King's undergraduate alma mater, Morehouse College. The President of the institute, Benjamin E. Mays, is the author of , "A Brief Summary of Fifteen Years at Morehouse" which outlines the progress made during his presidency.

Letter from MLK to Colonel Harold C. Wall

Thursday, January 11, 1968
Florida (FL), Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine, FL

In a letter to Colonel Harold C. Wall, Dr. King writes to appeal the Selective Service case of Thomas E. Houck Jr. He has been classified as 1-A by Local Board #75, meaning he was available for unrestricted service. Dr. King wanted to change Houck's classification to 1-O based on Houck's moral devotion to peace.

Newsday: Poor Listeners

Tuesday, November 15, 1966
New York (NY), VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ)

The writer issues an indictment of the current Presidential administration for its failure to listen to others' views of the situation in Vietnam.

Letter from MLK to Katharine Hightower

Tuesday, March 12, 1968
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

In this letter, Dr. King declines an invitation to speak at a community event hosted by the Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Certainty (Religious)

Dr. King refers to Brightman's "Philosophy of Religion" in regard to religious certainty.

Letter from Dr. King to Earnest Dale

Tuesday, January 23, 1968
New York, NY

This letter serves to acknowledge Earnest Dale's missed call to Dr. King and to thank Professor Dale for his support.

War- Treitschke

Dr. King quotes Heinrich von Treitschke’s “Politics.”


Dr. King quotes from Hegel's "The Philosophy of History."

Letter from Harris Schultz to MLK

Saturday, April 3, 1965
Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Harris Schultz questions the decision to impose an economic boycott in Alabama. He lists several reasons not to boycott, including the voting rights bill currently under consideration in Congress, the bombing of a Negro citizen's home in Birmingham and the apathy of some people in Alabama.

Draft of Where Do We Go From Here?

This document is a selection of a draft from Chapter VI of "Where Do We Go From Here," which is featured in the book "The World House."

Letter from Elaine Hinde to MLK

Friday, March 22, 1968
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Ohio (OH)

Elaine Hinde inquires about materials and information from Dr. King in regards to Choice '68.

A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart


Dr. King uses Matthew 10:16 as the text for this sermon delivered August 30, 1959 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. Soft mindedness, he asserts, makes men gullible, superstitious, and fearful of change and fosters the belief that science and religion are in conflict. It contributes to racial prejudice and is capitalized upon by dictators. But tough mindedness, King says, must be tempered by a compassionate heart. The nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice must combine tough mindedness and tenderness of heart.

Letter to Rev. Malcolm Calhoun to MLK

Monday, January 29, 1968
Virginia (VA)

Dr. King appreciates Rev. Calhoun's concern for the SCLC and the mission the organization has for the creating equality. Dr. King then explains how other programs offer contributions to the SCLC so that they may continue to engage in education, voter registration, economic development, and training of ministers for urban ministries.

Transformed Nonconformist

In this draft of the "Transformed Nonconformist", Dr. King urges the abandonment of societal practices of injustice.

Outline Regarding Man

Dr. King's outline regarding a number of topics pertaining to Man and ones pilgrimage through life.

Telegram of Support from Richard J. Hughes to MLK

New Jersey (NJ)

In this telegram, Hughes writes to Dr. King informing him due to important public commitments he will not be able to join Dr. King. Hughes states, "I join millions of other American in wishing you well in your nobel work.

The Atlanta United Negro College Fund Inter Alumni Council Flyer

Atlanta, GA, New York (NY)

This flyer, from the Atlanta United Negro College Fund Inter Alumni Council, announces its Annual UNCF Statewide Recognition Banquet.

Telegram from Irving Block to MLK

Sunday, January 28, 1968
New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Rabbi Irving J. Block of the Brotherhood Synagogue in New York requests to meet with Dr. King regarding the Negro Jewish community.


Dr. King cites passages from Leviticus that suggest that the smell of sacrifice is pleasing to God.

Letter from Clara Sturges Johnson to MLK

Thursday, December 5, 1963
California (CA)

Ms. Johnson informs Dr. King of her efforts promoting the passing of the "Kennedy Civil Rights Memorial Act." The United States Congress would go on to pass this act in 1964.