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Letter from Annie Grace to MLK

Thursday, August 17, 1967
Boston, MA

Thirteen-year-old Annie G. Miller expresses her admiration for Dr. King.

Letter from James P. Dixon of Antioch College to MLK

Tuesday, January 5, 1965
Ohio (OH)

James P. Dixon, President of Antioch College, thanks Dr. King for accepting an invitation to speak at the school's commencement ceremony.

Letter from Nancy F. Oakes to Rev. Ralph Abernathy

Tuesday, April 30, 1968
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., New York, NY

Nancy Oakes writes a letter of support to Reverend Ralph Abernathy and wishes him success with the March for the Poor People's Crusade.

Letter from Don DuMont to MLK

Sunday, October 24, 1965
Chicago, IL

Mr. DuMont expresses his disapproval of Dr. King's leadership of the negro race and the association of the movement with Christianity, because he seeks proof that Dr. King's movement is not "Communist-inspired." Dumont was an evangelist who ran unsuccessfully for a variety of political offices.

Letter from MLK to Thomas Harten

Monday, July 15, 1963
New York (NY), Brooklyn, NY, Birmingham, AL

Dr. King writes to Rev. Harten of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church to thank him and his organization for the donation of one thousand dollars. He explains how the money will be used throughout the SCLC and the importance of having support from organizations who help contribute to the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from Tony Schrader to MLK

Tuesday, April 2, 1968
Iowa (IA), Atlanta, GA

Tony Schrader informs Dr. King that his college is sponsoring a primary on campus for Choice '68. Schrader requests "any free campaign materials or statements of policies of Dr. King."

Letter with Enclosed Copy of Minutes of the SCLC Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 23, 1967
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA, Kentucky (KY), Louisville, KY, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Selma, AL, Virginia (VA)

Mr. Eskridge sends a copy of the minutes for the SCLC Board Meeting to Secretary Dora McDonald. During the meeting, Andrew Young and Ralph David Abernathy address the twenty-eight board members of the organization at the Regency House in Atlanta, GA.

Letter from MLK to Epsicopal House of Prayer

Thursday, February 22, 1968
Philadelphia, PA

This is a copy of the response letter dated February 9, 1968. It is addressed to the Episcopal House of Prayer in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr.King apologized for sending such a late response to their letter. He thanked them for their contributions to the SCLC and for supporting the movement for racial equality.

Letter from Elaine Attias to MLK

Monday, November 13, 1967
Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, GA

Elaine Attias of the Jewish Federation Council follows up on a previous request for Dr. King to appear on the television series "Commitment Profiles." She mentions other prominent people who have participated, including former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

Letter from Ms. Dora McDonald to Mrs. Epworth about an Invitation

Friday, January 12, 1968
Atlanta, GA

Here, Ms. McDonald offers a belated reply to Mrs. Epworth regarding an invitation for Dr. King and his family to dine with the Epworth family. Dr. King does not decline the invitation, but instead takes a raincheck due to an unpredictable schedule.

Letter from Ervin R. Meyer to Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy

Tuesday, April 30, 1968
New Jersey (NJ), Washington, D.C.

Ervin R. Meyer informs Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy that he is against the Poor People's March on Washington. Mr. Meyers perceives these demonstrations as attracting "law breakers" that do not reflect Christian actions. The author identifies additional organizations and expresses their opposition to the SCLC's Christian mission.

Letter from MLK to FDR III

Wednesday, February 14, 1968
New York, NY, New York (NY), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. King expresses his appreciation for the contribution of $1,000.00 made by Franklin D. Roosevelt III to the SCLC.

Editor of The Nation Offers Unsolicited Advice

Friday, December 23, 1966
New York, NY

The editor of The Nation solicits Dr. King's annual article for the next publication. This year, McWilliams suggests that Dr. King expand beyond the usual update on the civil rights agenda. He then offers advice that King consider moving to New York, where the political environment is right for promoting ambitious programs and his leadership ability would be able to shine.

Letterfrom Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College to MLK

Thursday, October 7, 1965
Arkansas (AR)

Haridas T. Muzumdar, Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College, inquires if Dr. King will have time to have a meeting with him.

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.

Letter from Gardner Taylor to MLK

Thursday, September 30, 1965
Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA

Rev. Gardner C. Taylor sends a financial contribution to the SCLC on behalf of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

Letter from Ernest C. Copper to MLK

Wednesday, May 31, 1967
Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH)

Ernest Cooper, Executive Director of the Urban League of Cleveland, seeks a meeting with Dr. King to discuss how the two agencies can cooperate on the tentative Cleveland program announced by SCLC.

Anticipated Public School Desegregation in Southern and Border States

Thursday, August 22, 1957
Arkansas (AR), Kentucky (KY), Maryland (MD), Missouri (MO), North Carolina (NC), Oklahoma (OK), Tennessee (TN), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Louisiana (LA), South Carolina (SC), Texas (TX), Little Rock, AR, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, Dallas, TX, Norfolk, VA

This memorandum provides a list of schools and school systems expected to desegregate in September of 1957. The Southern Regional Council, Inc. also includes vital information concerning pending Negro applications for school admittance and schools actively involved in litigation.

Letter from Ben A. Todd to MLK

Friday, April 14, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM, Texas (TX)

Ben A. Todd commends Dr. King for his recent stand against the United States' position in Vietnam, particularly because making such a statement may hurt the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from MLK to the United Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, June 14, 1967
New York, NY

In this letter, Dr. King thanks Rev. Edward Williams for the support of the United Presbyterian Church Commission on Religion and Race. He encloses a receipt for $5000 for partial payment of a grant for the salary of Hosea Williams. Williams was National Program Director for SCLC from 1967 to 1969 and was arrested more than 125 times for his civil rights activism.

Letter from James P. Twomey to P. N. Brownstein

Monday, September 23, 1968
Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL

James Twomey writes P. N. Brownstein to express his pleasure in receiving Mr. Brownstein's letter informing him of the $4,000,000 the FHA-HUD has allocated for the housing rehabilitation program that Dr. King proposed.

Letter from Alma Weil to MLK

Thursday, August 11, 1966
Brooklyn, NY, Colorado (CO)

Alma Weil expresses deep intolerance for prejudice and further discloses a desire to support Dr. King's efforts.

Post Card from Critic to MLK

This unstamped post card comes from a writer who identifies himself as "Ole Dorky" and targets Dr. King and the American Civil Liberties Union as "Communist skum." The writer disagrees with the work of civil rights and believes that efforts are "making matters worse for negroes."

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.

Letter from J.Campe to MLK regarding Book Royalties

Friday, May 19, 1967
New York, NY

This financial document references earnings from the Japanese editions of Dr. King's books, "Stride Towards Freedom" and "Why We Can't Wait."

Letter from Richard Dobbins to SCLC

Thursday, August 11, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

The Fabulous Two Restaurant invites Coordinating Council of Community Organizations and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to a dinner on behalf of Dr. King.

Letter from David Diamond to MLK

Tuesday, May 31, 1966
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

David Diamond, author of the book "A Bucket of Whitewash" inquires about Dr. King providing commentary for his upcoming release. As a result, Diamond is set to share royalties from his book sales with the SCLC.

Letter from Nickolas W. Dick to MLK

Tuesday, May 24, 1966
CANADA, Atlanta, GA

Nickolas W. Dick writes Dr. King on behalf of Dr. Frank H. Epp extending an invitation to the Reverend to hold a series of meetings in Winnipeg. Dick closes by requesting confirmation of the extent of his stay.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Svend Eril Stybe

Friday, February 7, 1964
DENMARK

Dr. King responds to an invitation to speak in Copenhagen, Denmark at the request of the Student Association. He graciously turns down the invitation stating that he has made the "firm decision" to spend more time in the American South in order to focus on civil rights work.

Letter from Eleanor Bell Barnard to MLK

Tuesday, January 10, 1967
VIETNAM

Eleanor Bell Barnard expresses her appreciation for Dr. King's position on Vietnam and Civil Rights. Ms. Barnard also describes to Dr. King how his work is motivation to those who are unemployed.