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Letter from MLK to Rev. C. V. Willis

Tuesday, February 20, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA), Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King declines an invitation to speak in Coatesville, Pennsylvania in support of the NAACP. He explains that his recent commitment to the SCLC Board to tour the South for a voter registration campaign prevents him from accepting any additional speaking engagements.

94:17 General Correspondence 1966(B)

Thursday, April 21, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Wisconsin (WI)

Mrs. Burke, a representative of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, requests permission to reprint several exerts from the "I Have a Dream" address. The material will be included in the Johnson publication, entitled "The Day They Marched".

I've Been To The Mountaintop

Wednesday, April 3, 1968
Memphis, TN, EGYPT, GREECE, Johannesburg, South Africa, KENYA, GHANA, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL, CHINA, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, GERMANY, Albany, GA, Tennessee (TN), New York (NY), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR, Pennsylvania (PA), California (CA), UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, Los Angeles, CA, South Africa

Dr. King delivers the "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech at the Masonic Temple in Memphis, TN.

Dr. King's Children Viewing his Body for First Time at the Funeral, April, 1968

Atlanta, GA

This photo comes from the Benedict J. Fernandez "Countdown to Eternity" portfolio.
(Copyright: Benedict J. Fernandez)

Telegram from Roy Wilkins to MLK

Friday, March 20, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Roy Wilkins invites Dr. King to attend an urgent meeting of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to discuss civil rights developments in the Senate. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was under debate at the time in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.

God (Evil)

Dr. King quotes Anicius Severinus Manlius Boethius, from "De Consolatione Philosophiae" (Consolation of Philosophy).

Registration for the Annual Youth Retreat

Friday, May 12, 1967
Fort Valley, GA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

This is a document from Reverend Earl Stirewalt with information on the annual Youth Retreat of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The retreat aims to aid in the spiritual growth of young men and women.

Cape Times: Dr. Luther King in Bad Company

Monday, November 22, 1965
Tennessee (TN), SOUTH AFRICA, Los Angeles, CA, Selma, AL, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Pittsburgh, PA, New York (NY)

In this Cape Times article, author J. M. Gray poses six questions to Dr. King regarding recent sightings with Communist Party members.

Press Release for Catholic Interracial Council Award

Tuesday, August 11, 1964
Chicago, IL, Florida (FL), New York, NY

The Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago announces that Dr. King will be awarded the John F. Kennedy Annual Award at their 1964 benefit dinner as a tribute to his leadership. According to polls published in Newsweek magazine, Dr. King's leadership was prized "more than any other single Negro."

Why We Chose Jail Rather than Bail

Dr. King cites seven reasons for choosing jail not bail. Among them is that ?the highest expression of nonviolence is self suffering.?

Letter from Brown University Chaplain Julius S. Scott Jr. to MLK Regarding a Visit

Tuesday, February 1, 1966
Rhode Island (RI)

Julius Scott, Acting Chaplain at Brown University, acknowledges Dr. King's tentative acceptance of an invitation to preach at the university. Scott expresses his satisfaction with the response and his hopes that Dr. King will be available to visit during the time period specified.

Southern Presbyterian Church Donation to SCLC

Friday, October 27, 1967
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

John Randolph Taylor informs Dr. King of a donation from "A Fellowship of Concern" and members of the Presbyterian Church U.S. to the SCLC.

Letter from MLK to R. B. Taylor

Wednesday, October 13, 1965
Oklahoma (OK)

Dr. King thanks Dr. R. B. Taylor for his generous contribution to the SCLC. King discusses how the funds are allocated to assist with voter registration, education and finding jobs for blacks.


Dr. King notes a quote regarding the philosophy of Jainism.

Notecard Regarding God

In this handwritten notecard, Dr. King gives a description of God.

Letter from Svend Erik Stybe to MLK

Friday, December 20, 1963

The president of the Danish Students' Association invites Dr. King to Denmark to give an address to Danish students.

MLK Statement Regarding an Attack on the First Amendment

Monday, October 30, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Washington, D.C., California (CA), Berkeley, CA, Wisconsin (WI), New York (NY), New York, NY, Ohio (OH), Selma, AL

Dr. King addresses violations of First Amendment Rights in this statement regarding the events at Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

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.

Dynamic Form Applied to God

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's Systematic Theology on the difference in applying the dynamic form to God versus applying it to man.

Letter from Mrs. Elizabeth Sherrill to MLK

Thursday, November 9, 1967
New York (NY), Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL)

Mrs. Sherrill informs Dr. King of a young man, Mr. Jerry Peace, from her church, St. Mark's, who shows great promise as a poet. She encourages Dr. King to reach out to Mr. Peace to help direct his "rather anger energy" into a new direction.

Press Release from SCLC on New Biography of MLK

Monday, October 19, 1964
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

This 1964 press release from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference focuses on a new biography of Dr. King "...written especially for children."

Letter from MLK to Gertrude Jimerson

Monday, February 25, 1963
Ohio (OH)

Dr. King sends a biographical sketch of himself to Gertrude Jimerson and recommends she obtain a copy of Crusader Without Violence, a biography of Dr. King written by Dr. Lawrence D. Reddick and published by Harper and Row.

Letter from June Alder to MLK

Monday, August 8, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Mrs. Alder expresses her support and concern regarding integrated housing.

Letter from Mike Epstein to MLK

Sunday, April 16, 1967
Connecticut (CT), VIETNAM

Mr. Epstein thanks Dr. King for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and his stance on the war in Vietnam. Epstein considers Dr. King's status as "a man of judgment" an asset.

Letter from S. W. Molodtsov to MLK

Thursday, January 19, 1967
Stockholm, Sweden, VIETNAM, AUSTRIA, Chicago, IL

The International Institute for Peace sends this letter to Dr. King on behalf of the World Council of Peace. A recent meeting undertook "a major step towards the international coordination of activities to end the war in Vietnam," and the meeting resulted the decision to host an international peace conference. Dr. King is invited to participate in the conference. The Council expresses that his presence and contribution would greatly enhance the conference's impact on anti-Vietnam efforts.

President's Committee on Government Contracts

California (CA), Texas (TX)

In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the President's Committee on Government Contracts. This organization was created to ensure anti-discrimination compliance with any organizations affiliated with government contracts. This report highlights "Five Years of Progress" within the organization.


Dr. King cites a quote from Reinhold Niebuhr regarding sin.

Letter from President Johnson to MLK on Assuming Presidency

Monday, December 2, 1963
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

President Johnson writes Dr. King thanking him for his sympathetic telegram as he assumes the Presidency and assures him that he will continue the fight for civil rights initiated by President Kennedy.

Sermon Outline

This document outlines sermon notes and ideas. Dr. King references passages from the book of Luke. He also wonders what Christ did to give people hope when their desires had not been reached. King also discusses that Jesus conquers time, where as, human beings are victims of time.

Letter from Kate Krautheimer to MLK

Friday, September 10, 1965
Pennsylvania (PA), New York, NY

Kate Krautheimer informs Dr. King of an invitation from the University of Pennsylvania requesting that he address the undergraduate student body.