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Letter to Rev. Thomas Thrasher from MLK and Others

Friday, January 11, 1957
Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA

Dr. King and other civil rights leaders contact the President of the Montgomery Ministerial Association, Rev. Thomas Thrasher, to compliment him on his statement subsequent to the bombings in Alabama.

Scientific Method (Definition)

Dr. King quotes Henry Nelson Wieman’s article “Authority and the Normative Approach” in the Journal of Religion for a definition of the scientific method. He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

Letter from Allan B. Schmier to MLK

Tuesday, October 24, 1967
Detroit, MI

Allan Schmier writes to request a meeting with Dr. King during the Central Conference of Teamsters Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Schmier expresses that he was instructed by the acting chairman to make the request and informs him of the purpose of the meeting.

Letter from Paul Shields to MLK

Wednesday, June 16, 1965
Atlanta, GA

Paul Shields, the News Director of CBS Television in Atlanta, writes to Dr. King to lodge a complaint against the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's press department. He states that press conferences convened by the SCLC rarely begin on time.

Civilian Review Board in New York City

Friday, July 31, 1964
New York (NY), New York, NY

The author asserts that the New York community should initiate a new program by the Unity Council to include the appointment of an independent Civilian Review Board. This tactic is thought to bring peace and tranquility to the community.

Letter from Fran to Dr. & Mrs. King

Berkeley, CA, San Francisco, CA, California (CA), Ohio (OH), Indiana (IN)

Fran writes Dr. and Mrs. King to thank them for their hospitality during her stay at their home.

MLK on Student Sit-Ins

Friday, April 15, 1960
North Carolina (NC)

Dr. King applauds the students participating in sit-in demonstrations and states that the leaders must develop a strategy for victory. He suggests topics for discussion including: creating an organization, a nationwide selective buying campaign, training for jail not bail, further exploration of nonviolence, and taking the freedom struggle into every community without exception. These suggestions led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

World

Dr. King discusses Paul Tillich's definition of the world as a "unity of manifoldness" in "Systematic Theology."

Letter from John A. McDermott to MLK

Wednesday, August 4, 1965
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Mr. McDermott, Executive Director of the Catholic Interracial Council, thanks Dr. King for speaking at a recent special membership meeting even though Dr. King was not feeling well at the time.

Suffering (Psalms)

Dr. King references the biblical Book of Psalms regarding the topic of suffering.

Sin

Dr. King writes on sin as described in Jeremiah 4:22.

Letter from Mildred Maroney to MLK about a Donation

Thursday, May 11, 1967
Washington, D.C.

In this letter Mildred Maroney of the Brookings Institute forwards a donation which was an honorarium due to Mr. Robinson Hollister. This was done because Mr. Hollister requested that the honorarium be donated to the SCLC on his behalf.

The Hard or the Easy Way?

Thursday, October 5, 1961
Virginia (VA), North Carolina (NC), Tennessee (TN), Georgia (GA), Florida (FL), Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Arkansas (AR), Atlanta, GA

The Southern Regional Council discusses the topics of school segregation and integration in specific southern states and counties, especially Yancey County, North Carolina.

Letter from Wallace Best to MLK

Sunday, April 25, 1965
Florida (FL), Atlanta, GA

Wallace Best encloses a donation to the SCLC but advises against purusing economic boycotts. According to Best, an economic boycott will "greatly demean the conduct of your noble cause....."

Let My People Vote

New York, NY, Virginia (VA), South Carolina (SC), Georgia (GA), Florida (FL), Louisiana (LA), Alabama (AL)

In this statement for the Amsterdam News, Dr. King assures that a victory is in the midst regarding the Senate's recent passage of the voting bill. He elaborates on the objectives of SCOPE, as there is much to accomplish. He ends the statement with the battle cry, "Let My People Vote."

MLK's Public Statement Regarding Court Hearings

Friday, December 3, 1965
Alabama (AL)

Dr. King compares past discrimination to recent strides that have been made in the American justice system.

Suffering

Dr. King quotes William James' essay "Is Life Worth Living?"

Immaculate Conception

Dr. King reflects on the birth of Christ and the fact that Mary was "kept free from original sin."

Bible

Dr. King quotes John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle on the significance of the Bible.

Letters from Pearce Godfrey to MLK

Friday, March 15, 1968
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM

Pearce Godfrey forwards to Dr. King several letters that he has written concerning his views on United States involvement in Vietnam, the usage of "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, and John F. Kennedy's statement before the United Nations that "life is unfair."

Religion

Dr. King cites Edward S. Ames' beliefs regarding religion.

Conversion

Dr. King quotes Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's book "What I Believe." Tolstoy asserts that when he came to believe in Christ's teachings his whole life and perception changed.

Office of Economic Opportunity Community Action Program

This document details a budget for the Anti-Poverty Coordinating Committee's Project Administration component.

Syllabus for the History of Christianity

FRANCE, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This document is a course syllabus for the History of Christianity.

Proposal for Black Independence

Al Shabazz writes up a program for Black independence. The proposal suggests two program options for leaders to choose from. Once the program has been decided the leader would go out and gather the opinion of the masses. Next, the program would implement unconventional education along with employment and survival skills. The program also promotes an independent nation with alliances from those of all races. The program promotes black revolution and the demise of the elite White Supremacist.

Letter from Bayard Rustin to MLK

Wednesday, March 22, 1967
New York, NY

Bayard Rustin writes to Dr. King inviting him to attend a conference sponsored by the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund. The conference focuses on "The Role of Press in a Period of Social Crisis."

Letter from MLK to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Saturday, April 27, 1963
Texas (TX), Birmingham, AL

Dr. King thanks Mr. T. W. Cole and the members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for supporting the SCLC financially and morally. Dr. King is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Dick Smyth

Tuesday, March 26, 1963
CANADA, Detroit, MI

Dora McDonald informs Dick Smyth that Dr. King is unable to accept the speaking engagement at the moment but they will contact him once Dr. King has an engagement in the area.

Ethics (A Criticism of Philosophical Ethics)

Dr. King references Emil Brunner’s "The Divine Imperative: A Study in Christian Ethics."

Letter from MLK to Ivan Allen Jr.

Thursday, May 31, 1962
Atlanta, GA

Dr. King writes Mayor Allen regarding a seemingly unfair price quota for the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium that the SCLC plans to use for the Harry Belafonte concert.