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Dr. King quotes Alfred Tennyson on the topic of immortality.

Difference of the Transition Period from the Early Scientific Period

Dr. King references Alfred North Whitehead by noting the differences between the Transition Period and the Early Scientific Period.

Letter to MLK from Carl Fuqua


Rev. Carl Fuqua writes a letter to Dr. King expressing regret that he could not attend the NAACP meeting due to a sudden virus.

Friday, February 1, 1963

Letter from Claudie Erleigh to MLK


On behalf of the NUSAS Local Committee, Claudie Erleigh writes Dr. King requesting that he submit an article for the "NUSAS Journal." Dr. King's entry would extend further beyond the "general interest." The committee has also invited other influential leaders, such as Senator Robert F. Kennedy, to contribute to this journal.

Wednesday, October 5, 1966

MLK Address to a North Carolina Branch of the NAACP


Dr. King addresses a public meeting of Charlotte, North Carolina's NAACP branch. He lists five actions the Negro can do to assist America with realizing the dream. The Negro must challenge the system of segregation, make efforts to gain ballots, and sacrifice to achieve freedom.

Sunday, September 25, 1960

Letter from Nancy Parr to MLK


In this letter, Nancy Parr offers help to Dr. King in trying to "avert riots in 1968" to prevent the "right-wing" from taking over the nation.

Tuesday, December 10, 1968

Letter from Ted Mercer Jr. to MLK


Mr. Mercer requests materials to promote Dr. King's candidacy in the "Choice '68" mock election program on the Bryan College campus. He also relays an invitation from the student body vice president asking Dr. King to speak on campus.

Friday, March 15, 1968

Letter from Julian Bond to MLK


Julian Bond, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, shares a quotation from W.E.B. DuBois' "The Souls of Black Folk." The excerpt is consistent with Dr. King's view on the importance of "keeping white allies in the civil rights movement."

Tuesday, July 25, 1967

Letter from MLK to Rev. M. L. Shepard, Sr.


Dr. King thanks Rev. M. L. Shepard for his "generous gift." Dr. King stresses the importance of support from friends like Rev. Shepard for the survival of SCLC. He also informs Rev. Shepard that he will receive material from the SCLC to update his congregation on the progress of work in the South.

Monday, February 26, 1962

Letter from Abram Eisenman to MLK

Abram Eisenman, a 1968 candidate for President of the United States, requested Dr. King's assistance in his campaign for the New Hampshire ballot.

MLK Press Conference Regarding Telegram to President Johnson


Dr. King discusses the social destruction of riots, the high rates of unemployment, and the importance of nonviolence.

Monday, July 24, 1967

Letter from MLK to Rev. Curtis J. Jackson


Dr. King notifies Rev. Jackson that he will not be able to travel to Orlando, but offers that he'll hopefully be able to accept more invitations in the near future. In addition, he requested that Rev. Jackson come and visit the Annual Convention of S.C.L.C. in Birmingham, Alabama.

Friday, September 7, 1962

Letter to MLK from A. P. Swiderskas


Mr. Swiderskas writes to Dr. King expressing his general hatered of the black race.

Wednesday, December 6, 1967

Those Attending Breakfast with MLK

List of attendees for a breakfast meeting at Cornell University in Ithaca (NY) when Dr. King was on campus to deliver his sermon, "Three Dimensions of a Complete Life."

Back Our Brothers: First Annual Awards Banquet


Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, Wyatt Walker and Fred Shuttlesworth were honored at a special banquet in New York City, following SCLC's successful 1963 Birmingham campaign.

Tuesday, June 18, 1963

Memo from Dora McDonald to MLK


Dora McDonald sends Dr. King a list of the letters, telephone calls and voice mails he received while out of the office. She also sent him information on public speaking arrangements and the publishing of books along with the royalties Dr. King would receive.

Wednesday, December 6, 1967

Telegram from Thich Nhat Hanh to MLK


Thich Nhat Hanh informs Dr. King that he will be in Atlanta from February 24th to February 29th.

Saturday, February 24, 1968

Letter to MLK from New York University Professor Philip Zimbardo


New York University Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo sends his support to Dr. King.

Thursday, April 27, 1967

Letter from Robert McDougal, Jr. to MLK Regarding a Donation Appeal


In this letter, McDougal acknowledges Dr. King's appeal of October 1965, however states that he is concentrating his donations on other organizations. On the letter there are handwritten comments regarding Dr. King's response.

Tuesday, November 22, 1966

Letter From MLK to Ada Hill


Dr. King thanks Mrs. Hill for her letter commending his letter from the Birmingham jail. He assures Mrs. Hill her encouraging words will help give him the courage to continue in the struggle to make brotherhood a reality.

Thursday, July 25, 1963

Letter from Marc Steel to Rev. R.D. Abernathy about a Term Paper


Marc Steel, a high school sophomore from Maryland, wrote to Rev. Ralph Abernathy, requesting information on his role in the Civil Rights Movement. This student sought to acquire a narrative of Rev. Abernathy and his goals for SCLC, in order to complete a term paper.

Saturday, April 27, 1968

Go to Black Africa

An unknown author writes to Dr. King advising that he return to Africa if he is unhappy with his plight in America.

Letter from Martin J. Morand to MLK


Martin J. Morand, Vice-President of the Human Relations Council of Greater Harrisburg, inquires about Dr. King's availability to serve as a guest speaker at a late 1964 meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 20, 1964

Telegram from Al Duckett to MLK


In this telegram to Dr. King, Mr. Al Duckett professes his willingness to protest in Chicago.

Saturday, July 9, 1966

Man (sinfulness)

Dr. King explains the sinfulness of man with a quote from the book of Psalms.

Letter from MLK to Robert Epstein


Dr. King responds to a letter from Robert Epstein regarding the objective of SCLC. King states, "No man can comment adequately on his own motives... I would hope agape is the driving force in our movement." Dr. King encloses a pamphlet entitled "This is SCLC."

Thursday, November 15, 1962

Transformed Nonconformist

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

Letter from Sidney Eisenberger to MLK


Sidney Eisenberger sends a donation and words of encouragement to Dr. King. He praises Dr. King's work, particularly the focus on political involvement. He humorously writes that he hopes that he will one day be so unconscious of color that he will "feel free to regard a negro auto driver with the same venomous hatred I give to white drivers."

Wednesday, December 20, 1961

Albany Movement Position Paper


The Albany Movement expresses the damages of segregation and outlines their requests for peaceful integration.

Tuesday, July 17, 1962

Letter from Walter Davis, Jr. to MLK


Walter Davis, Jr. encloses a donation to SCLC sent all the way from the Congo. Mr. Davis expresses, "Of particular interest to us is the way in which you and your organization are able to get the participation of many groups who are interested in justice and social reform."

Monday, April 11, 1966