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Letter from MLK to First Prebysterian Church Regarding Contribution

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In this letter, Dr. King personally thanks Jordan and First Presbyterian Church for their contribution to SCLC. Dr. King states, "I know that you cannot enjoy the experience of change as we who see it first hand everyday, but I trust that these fews words will convey our appreciation and gratitude."

Monday, January 30, 1967

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

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In this letter Ms. Daves informs Dr. King that she is working to solve issue of copyright for his Oslo University address, and stresses the importance of copyrighting all of his "writings...and speeches."

Friday, November 20, 1964

Letter from MLK to Paralee Fields

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Dr. King writes Paralee Fields to decline an invitation to speak at the commencement for Phenix High School. Dr. King explains that he is very busy with the Civil Rights Movement and has limited time for speaking engagements.

Friday, November 13, 1964

Letter from MLK to Debbie Steiner

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Dr. King thanks Miss Steiner for her letter and explains how love is the way to overcome the injustices brought on by prejudice and ignorance. He writes that, though it can be difficult, she must direct her thoughts in a loving way towards those who mistreat her.

Tuesday, June 9, 1964

Letter from Dana McLean Greeley to MLK

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Dana McLean Greeley, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, asks Dr. King to lend his name to a letter addressed to President Lyndon Johnson. The letter, which was drafted at the request of the Inter-Religious Peace Conference, requests an interview with President Johnson. Dr. King's handwriting appears on the top right of this letter, saying that he would be happy to allow them to use his name in this context.

Monday, April 4, 1966

The Drum Major Instinct Sermon Outline

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Dr. King outlines on scraps of paper his great sermon based on Mark 10:37. Everyone wants to be first, to get attention, he says, starting with our first cry as a baby. Adults want to do good and be praised. If the drum major instinct is not harnessed, the personality is distorted and we become boastful, gossip, put others down. On a societal level, this leads to exclusive social groups, racial prejudice and war. King states that Jesus’ answer is to dedicate this great force to worthy ends – goodness, moral excellence, generosity, kindness and service. .

Monday, February 5, 1968

"Dr. King Denounces Write-In Plot"

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Contrary to what radio announcements and newspapers advertise, Dr. King urges Negro voters to vote for a presidential candidate that is already on the ballot. He expresses that he is not a candidate and does not want voters to write his name on the ballot.

Monday, November 2, 1964

Book Fair at Hofstra University

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Mrs. Wilbur Scott requests that Dr. King donate an autographed book, picture or any memento for the Hofstra University Book Fair to raise funds in support of the new university library.

Monday, March 13, 1967

Letter from Carlos G. Randall to MLK

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Carlos Randall writes Dr. King expressing that he once really liked him, but now he is unsure due to King's stance on Vietnam. He asserts "So now the USA is a purveyor of violence?" and asks if Dr. King believed that he would be able to give a similar speech in Moscow or Pekin and still freely receive his letter.

Wednesday, April 5, 1967

Letter from Louis Toney to MLK

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Army veteran Louis Toney attempts to solicit a job with the SCLC, citing military experience, a college degree and ordination as characteristics that qualify him for the job.

Saturday, May 29, 1965

Dewey

Dr. King records John Dewey's views on philosophy and religion.

Letter from Joan Kennedy to MLK

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Joan Kennedy thanks Dr. King for his support.

Saturday, July 18, 1964

MLK's Public Statement Regarding Julian Bond

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Dr. King expresses his indignation for the State Legislatures refusal to seat Representative-Elect Julian Bond. Dr. King asserts that there are obvious racial overtones in the State Legislatures decisions since Mr. Bond received 82 percent of the votes in his district. Dr. King will commence direct action due to the state of urgency.

Tuesday, January 12, 1965

Telegram from the Bailey Family to Dr. King

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The Bailey family welcomes Dr. King home.

Friday, October 24, 1958

Letter from MLK to Mr. Crawford Johnson

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Dr. King expresses thanks to Mr. Johnson for the international support as demonstrated by the success of the recent Palais des Sports benefit. MLK goes on to elaborate on the impact of "friends of the Movement" in far away places such as Europe.

Tuesday, April 5, 1966

Gandhi Society for Human Rights Address by MLK

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Dr. King speaks at a luncheon launching the Gandhi Society on May 17, 1962, citing the great significance of the day: the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision declaring school segregation unconstitutional, the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the centennial of the death of Henry David Thoreau, whose essay on civil disobedience influenced Gandhi. He announces that earlier that day he sent President Kennedy a document seeking an executive order proclaiming all forms of segregation to be a violation of the US Constitution.

Thursday, May 17, 1962

Letter from Irving Engel to MLK

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Dr. King has been invited to visit Israel. While they are delighted to have him, because of the demands of the Civil Rights Movement, it is suggested that he make this visit while he is at the meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Ghana in order to be considerate of his time.

Monday, August 2, 1965

Shriver Outlines Summer Program

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This New York Times article reports that if Congress approves the $75 million supplemental appropriation for antipoverty programs, Sargent Shriver, director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, plans to use $47 million for the Neighborhood Youth Corps and $25 for community action agencies to help provide youth with employment and recreation. It also mentions efforts in the Senate to increase the supplemental appropriation.

Saturday, March 4, 1967

Check from New York Times Company to MLK

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The New York Times company presents Dr. King with a $400 check for his article on civil rights.

Saturday, March 13, 1965

Letter from Dora McDonald to Elizabeth Babcock

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Dora McDonald informs Mrs. Babcock that she received the contribution for the SCLC on behalf of Dr. King. Miss McDonald tells Mrs. Babcock that Dr. King is imprisoned in Selma, Alabama and that he will respond upon his release.

Tuesday, February 2, 1965

Full Opportunity Act Summary

This summary outlines and provides the provisions of each section of the proposed Full Opportunity Act.

Letter from Finley Drewery to NAACP

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Finley Drewery writes to the NAACP seeking aid for his upcoming criminal trial. He asserts that the state has no hard evidence against him and that his court appointed attorney is trying to make him pay $3,000 to mount a defense in court.

Saturday, June 17, 1967

Letter from George Garabedian & Co. to MLK

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George Garabedian writes Dr. King, pleased that he will be able to accommodate him and his group on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Saturday, August 6, 1966

God

This scripture, deriving from the Old Testament biblical book of Isaiah, illustrates God as holy.

Notecard Written by MLK Regarding Roosevelt Day Address on "Peace"

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Here in this notecard, Dr. King provides a quote from the Roosevelt Day address concerning peace, on January 25, 1952.

Friday, January 25, 1952

Letter from Morton S. Grossman to MLK

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In this correspondence, Morton S. Grossman, expressed his joy, over Dr. King's New Year's card, and enclosed a check, in support of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, Mr. Grossman requested a note, signed by Dr. King, to add to his autograph collection.

Thursday, January 5, 1967

Letter from Harry Walker to Dora McDonald

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

Monday, September 25, 1967

Letter from Edward P. Blair to MLK

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Mrs. Edward P. Blair, Executive Secretary for the Evanston Council of Churches, informs Dr. King that two enclosed checks totaling $298.78 is a contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Monday, March 22, 1965

Letter from Silvio Conte to MLK

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Massachusetts Congressman Silvio Conte thanks Dr. King for a previous telegram sent to him regarding the pending 1965 Voting Rights Act. Conte highlights his longtime support of the Civil Rights Movement and pledges his efforts to assist in passing this historic legislation.

Friday, July 9, 1965

Letter from Thomas Richardson to Mrs. King

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Thomas Richardson, a New York City student, offers his sympathy the day after Dr. King's assassination. He explains that he recently lost his father, so he understands the sadness Mrs. King feels.

Friday, April 5, 1968

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