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Letter from Solomon and Dorothy Zeltzer to Dr. and Mrs. King

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The Zeltzer family send warm regards and support to the King family.

Wednesday, April 26, 1967

Letter from Al Fann to MLK About Hunter College Program

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In this letter A1 Fann, director of A1 Fann & Co., gives an overview of the company and it's founding while offering up the services of the company under the direction of Dr. King.

Wednesday, March 6, 1968

Letter from Mrs. William Wenger to MLK

Mrs. Wenger pleads with Dr. King to never give up the fight for civil rights.

Letter from John A. McDermott to MLK

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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.

Wednesday, August 4, 1965

Letter from Glenn E. Smiley to MLK

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In this letter, Mr. Smiley requests an endorsement from Dr. King on the creation of a non-violent training film by The Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Thursday, May 27, 1965

Letter from Edward Taylor to MLK

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Staff Sergeant Edward Taylor, United States Army, requests Dr. King's assistance or advice in appealing his bar to reenlistment and court martial.

Tuesday, February 20, 1968

Letter From Joan Daves to MLK about Book Review

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In this letter, dated August 28, 1967, Joan Daves writes to Dr. King concerning the review of "Where Do We Go From Here?" Daves comments, "It is not my favorite kind of review--when three books are reviewed jointly."

Monday, August 28, 1967

Letter from Senator Charles Percy to MLK

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Charles H. Percy informs Dr. King that the Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee is proceeding to report a bill to the Senate that could become the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1967. The bill would assist lower income families and shrink the gap between white and black America, while expanding the economic opportunities for all.

Thursday, August 31, 1967

Letter from MLK to James Farmer

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Dr. King sends James Farmer a complimentary copy of a journal on the works of the SCLC.

Thursday, April 30, 1964

Letter from Freddie Mitchell to MLK

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Mr. Mitchell requests Dr. King's assistance in restoring the musical recording rights that have been denied to him.

Friday, December 15, 1967

Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca

This form letter from the Freedom Walk Committee of Ithaca and the Cornell Committee Against Segregation announces both the guest appearance of Dr. King as well as a fundraising drive for the SCLC.

Letter from Alfredo Gomez Gil to MLK

Sheila M. Rogers writes Dr. King in place of her friend Alfredo Gil, who has written a poem in Spanish about the plight of blacks. Rogers has translated the poem and sent it to Dr. King in support of the work he is doing for blacks in the United States.

Clarence Jordan's Open letter to to the First Baptist Church of Atlanta

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Clarence Jordan writes to the First Baptist Church of Atlanta to voice his opinion on the Ashton Jones affair. Ashton Jones, a white Methodist minister, was jailed for "disturbing divine worship" when he and two African American associates attempted to take part in a segregated church service. Jordan attempts to parallel this event to biblical accounts where Judeo-Christian leaders disrupted services involved with idol worship. Jordan further asserts that while the state of Georgia may permit the worshipping of a "segregated god," "God himself does not."

Tuesday, September 24, 1963

Statement on Selma-Montgomery March of March 21-26

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This statement by Father Dom T. Orsini expounds on the details of the March 21-26, 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. Orsini expresses that he is proud of the youth and their enthusiasm in participating in the march and suggests that insisting improper relations took place would be ridiculous.

Sunday, April 25, 1965

Letter from William Kunstler to Arthur Shores

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Attorney William Kunstler writes to Arthur Shores about a legal case involving Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

Friday, March 9, 1962

Letter from Charles Sellers to MLK

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Charles Sellers, a Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, writes this letter to Dr. King promoting the Washington Convocation On The National Crisis. He encloses the proposal that he and Cecil Thomas discussed with Mrs. King over the phone. The proposal details the organized effort to marshal public sentiment against current US policy in Vietnam. Five hundred prominent Americans will be invited to the convocation, to be held in Washington, DC.

Saturday, April 29, 1967

Letter from MLK to Yves Choliere

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Dr. King informs Yves Choliere that he is unable to participate in the World Peace Congress in Helsinki, Finland in July of 1965. King explains that he and Reverend Abernathy are very busy with voter registration throughout the American South.

Friday, July 2, 1965

Correspondence: Letter to Dr.King from Miss Marelda G. Fontenot (Jan. 8, 1965)

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In this letter Marelda Fontenot encloses a copy of the school paper, "The Paraclete." The paper features an article about Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Price. She offers her sincere gratitude and admiration for Dr. King and his accomplishments.

Thursday, January 7, 1965

Letter from Herman E. Talmadge to MLK

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Senator Herman E. Talmadge expresses his views on the poll tax with reference to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Wednesday, April 28, 1965

Letter of Appreciation from Ben M. Herbster to MLK

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In this letter Ben M. Herbster offers gratitude to Dr. King on behalf of the General Synod of the United Cuhrch of Christ for a message that Dr. King delivered at their meeting.

Friday, July 16, 1965

Letter to Rev. Ralph Abernathy from MLK

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Dr. King sends checks and a telephone bill to the SCLC.

Sunday, October 19, 1958

Royalty Statement for MLK's "Stride Toward Freedom"

This statement from Victor Gollancz, Ltd. details royalty earnings for Dr. King's "Stride Toward Freedom",for the six-month period ending 9/29/66.

Letter from Richard Dannenfelser to MLK

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The acting chaplain of Ohio Wesleyan University inquires of Dr. King's availability to speak at their college during his trip to Columbus. Dr. King is scheduled to address the Ohio Council of Churches Pastors' Convention.

Friday, July 1, 1966

Letter from Eugene Exman to MLK

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Mr. Eugene Exman's, expresses disappointment in Dr. King for not having received his manuscript for a forthcoming book of sermons, and urges him to expedite the manuscript.

Wednesday, November 15, 1961

Letter from Robert L. Green to MLK

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Robert Green requests for Dr. King to write an introduction to the book, "Education and the Urban Poor."

Monday, March 13, 1967

Letter from Robert F. Kennedy to MLK

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Robert F. Kennedy writes to Dr. King regarding his recent trip to Mississippi. Kennedy tells of his engagement with the Department of Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Employment in efforts to help relieve the present hunger crisis. The focus is "to provide more and better food" to people with low income or no income at all. He also wants the committee and Congress to pay close attention to this subject and encourages an analysis of the food stamp system.

Friday, April 28, 1967

Letter from Paul R. Trumpler to MLK

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Paul Trumpler writes Dr. King expressing how he and his wife are pleased to have the chance to support Dr. King's work. They believe in Dr. King's ideas regarding racial issues and solutions. Trumpler encloses a check written out to Dr. King so he can use the money as he designate.

Friday, May 25, 1962

Letter from Congressman Lionel Van Deerlin to MLK

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Congressman Lionel Van Deerlin, the 37th district Representative from California, thanks Dr. King for the telegram urging him to sign the discharge petition for the home rule bill for the District of Columbia, and he lets Dr. King know he has already signed it.

Monday, August 30, 1965

Letter from Roy Wilkins to MLK

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Roy Wilkins, Chairman of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, invites Dr. King to serve as a member of the conference's executive committee.

Thursday, March 2, 1967

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Hans Spehr to Ralph David Abernathy

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This letter is addressed to Rev. Ralph Abernathy from the Spehr family of Germany. The couple wanted to inform Rev. Abernathy of their written correspondence to President Lyndon Johnson, drafting a plan that would lead to full employment.

Sunday, April 28, 1968

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