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Letter of Thanks From MLK To Reverend Taylor

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Dr. King writes to Reverend Gardner C. Taylor, the pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, to thank him for his support of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Tuesday, May 9, 1967

Letter from T. Spurgeon Bell to MLK

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T. Spurgeon Bell writes Dr. King to voice his concerns regarding the Civil rights movement. In his opinion the Civil Rights bill is not beneficial to the changes Dr. King seeks. He believes that such bills cannot change varying opinions on other races and asks Dr. King to alter his attempt at social change.

Monday, July 17, 1967

Letter from MLK to Delta Sigma Theta

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This letter is in response to and appreciation of a contribution in the amount of $150 made, to the SCLC, by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Monday, January 30, 1967

Letter from Harry Belafonte to MLK

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Harry Belafonte outlines the details of the African Program to Dr. King. The document references King's future delegation to several African countries and emphasizes the "Afro-American Banking Proposal" as a topic of interest.

Tuesday, May 2, 1967

Letter to MLK from Rev. A.D. King

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Dr. King's brother, Rev. A.D. Williams King, wrote this letter to Dr. King, thanking him for his participation, at the First Baptist Church Installation Services in Birmingham.

Monday, April 2, 1962

Letter from Eva Ban to MLK

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Eva Ban, of the Brazilian newspaper "Cruzeiro," requests an interview with Dr. King in order to do a story on American race relations. Ban also asserts that there is no racism or discrimination in Brazil.

Tuesday, June 13, 1967

Letter from Philip M. Segelin to MLK

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Philip M. Segelin, Member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board, informs Dr. King that he has read Dr. King's book "Why We Can't Wait" and that said publication has provided enlightenment on the issue of civil rights. He recommends that Dr. King look into having a paperback edition published to widen distribution.

Wednesday, July 29, 1964

Telegram from F. M. Horton to MLK

F. M. Horton relays Norwegian ambassador True Davis' congratulations to Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Helen Meun Addresses the Arlington Demonstration

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Helen Meun writes to members of the SCLC and explains that those involved in the Arlington demonstration were unaware to its purpose. Furthermore, she suggests that the children who were harmed during this demonstration be given an explanation.

Thursday, February 8, 1968

Rochester Action for Welfare Rights

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Dr. King is invited to make an appearance on behalf of the Rochester Action for Welfare Rights. They explain that they have also extended an invitation to Reverend Bernard Lafayette to attend the event.

Wednesday, March 20, 1968

Letter from M. I. [MS illegible] to MLK about Civil Rights

In this letter the writer asks Dr. King to continue the quest for civil rights and comments on the war in Vietnam.

Letter from Christian Action to MLK

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L. John Collins, Chairman of Christian Action, writes Dr. King inquiring if he would be interested in attending a public meeting in London regarding race relations in South Africa. In addition to Dr. King, one of the prospective speakers mentioned was James Baldwin.

Monday, April 20, 1964

Letter from Marguerite Munson to MLK

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Mrs.Munson writes Dr.King to ask for his assistance in finding a lawyer that is not corrupted by the government.

Wednesday, September 14, 1966

Letter from the European Baptist Federation to Dora McDonald

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P.M. Smith, Dr. Ruden's secretary, writes to Miss McDonald to express gratitude for Dr. King's consideration in attending the European Baptist Federation Conference in Amsterdam.

Thursday, May 7, 1964

Letter from Jonathan B. Bingham to MLK

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Congressman Bingham of New York replies to Dr. King's donation solicitation letter requesting a renewal of the previous year's fifty dollar contribution to SCLC. The congressman states that he would like to know whether contributions will be used to influence foreign policy before committing to a decision.

Thursday, February 17, 1966

Letter from MLK to Vance Hartke Regarding Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Dr. King expresses his appreciation for Senator Vance Hartke's support in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wednesday, June 24, 1964

Letter from Henry Darby to Edward Brooke

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Henry Darby, a student at Atlanta University asks for information about Dr. King's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Friday, January 25, 1985

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald

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Joan Daves informs Miss McDonald that attachments include carbon copies of checks that were "in question."

Monday, July 12, 1965

Letter From PFC Harold Mac Kenzie To MLK

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In this letter to Dr. King, serviceman Harold Mac Kenzie explains how he is interested in the welfare of Black people and would like to know how he can contribute to the movement.

Saturday, March 30, 1968

Letter from Wyatt Tee Walker to Eugene Cook

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Wyatt Tee Walker writes a letter to Attorney General Eugene Cook to clarify their previous conversation. Mr. Walker addresses multiple issues that were misunderstood. He then encourages Attorney General Cook to provide his office with a list of any questions and informs him that he is releasing the text of this letter to the news media.

Friday, August 16, 1963

Letter from Orville Freeman to MLK

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The author informs Dr. King of the efforts being made to adequately address the issues pertaining to nutritional health in the country.

Friday, February 9, 1968

Letter from a Tenant to MLK

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Dr. King received many unsigned letters from tenants in sub-standard housing in urban areas. Chicago was one of the main cities because Dr. King actually lived and conducted SCLC business there for a time. A tenant from a Chicago apartment complex writes to Dr. King suggesting that he discreetly visit the building to learn first hand of the unacceptable living conditions.

Saturday, January 29, 1966

Letter from Dora McDonald to Ethel Sebastian

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Miss McDonald informs Mrs. Sebastian that Dr. King will make inquiries about her father when he returns to Albany and hopes the two will reunite soon.

Friday, September 21, 1962

Letter from Carole A. Burnett to MLK

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Mrs. Burnett informs Dr. King that her and her husband's financial support of the SCLC is suspended due to Dr. King's support of the Spring Mobilization and Vietnam Summer program. Though the Burnetts support the peace movement, they feel these two groups "present Hanoi's view of the Vietnam war."

Sunday, June 18, 1967

Letter from Dinkar Sakrikar to MLK

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Dinkar Sakrikar writes Dr. King in reference to a proposed statue of Gandhi for a children's park. The statue seeks to reflect friendly relations between India and the United States. They ask Dr. King for his consideration along with a swift response.

Monday, October 18, 1965

Memorandum from William M. Gray

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This memorandum from William M. Gray lists the address to which mourners should send acknowledgements following Dr. King's death.

Friday, April 5, 1968

MLK's Recommendation Letter for Alan Wachtel

This original letter was handwritten and initialed by Dr. King for Alan Wachtel, who he was recommending for law school.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Fred Koury

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In this letter, Dora McDonald tells Fred Koury that Dr. King cannot attend the Annual Spring Conference of the United Federation of Teachers due to prior commitments.

Wednesday, March 20, 1968

Pass The Ammunition

Ernie Sheffield voices his opinion on the "Department of War Violence and Brute Force" and the spending of a billion dollars a week on violence. He states that in their spending of valuable money not "even a dime" has been spent on a "Department of Peace, Goodwill and Coexistence."

Letter from Dr. William G. Anderson to MLK

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Dr. William G. Anderson accepts Dr. King's invitation to join the Board of Directors of the SCLC for a three year period.

Monday, October 2, 1967

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