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Letter from James W. Thetford to MLK

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A 75-year old man expresses his discontent with the Vietnam War and his belief that America's economic and social problems are inextricably linked to the ongoing military occupation in Vietnam.

Friday, April 21, 1967

Letter from MLK to Dr. Raphael Demos

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Dr. King writes Harvard University professor Dr. Demos confirming his enrollment in the professor's Philosophy of Plato course. He also thanks Dr. Demos for his "kind words" regarding an article he wrote for "Christianity and Crisis." In addition, Dr. King further extends his regards to Mrs. Demos, whom Mrs. King studied with at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Friday, July 19, 1963

Letter from MLK to Clara Graves

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Dr. King responds to Clara Bell Graves thanking her for the encouraging letter. Dr. King states, "please be assured that we welcome with grateful heart such letters as the one you directed to me."

Monday, October 21, 1963

When Peace Becomes Obnoxious

This 1956 newspaper column is a re-print of a sermon delivered by Dr. King on segregation and events in Alabama.

Telegram from Dr. John W. Doolittle to MLK

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Dr. John W. Doolittle congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient "of an outstanding honor," and urges him to never forget the U.S.A.

Friday, December 11, 1964

Letter from Mrs. S. M. Brock to MLK about an Inheritance

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In this letter Mrs. S.M. Brock pleads with Dr. King for assistance in recovering her mother's inheritance. The inheritance was allegedly squandered by the mother's attorney. For the assistance, Mrs. Brock offers $50,000.

Monday, May 29, 1967

Letter from MLK to U Thant

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Dr. King thanks U Thant, the Secretary General of the United Nations, for a luncheon in Oslo, and wishes him well as he recovers from an illness.

Monday, December 28, 1964

Letter from MLK to Rev. John Porter

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Dr. King expresses his gratitude to John T. Porter for his participation in and support of the movement in Albany, Georgia.

Tuesday, October 9, 1962

Schleiermacher (Religion & Ethics)

Dr. King quotes and writes about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s view in “Speeches on Religion” that criticizing a man’s actions is not criticizing his religion because he does not act from his religion. The full title of this work is “On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers.”

Letter of Appreciation to MLK from Mrs. A.M.Digilio

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In this letter, Mrs. A.M. Digilio writes to Dr. King. Along with her expressions of appreciation, she admits to being one of the millions of whites who have "prayerfully" followed Dr. King's work. Mrs. Digilio states that Dr. King has been a voice to those of the "inarticulate working class", both white and black. She speaks of the unfortunate decline of morality amongst Americans and the necessary Christian might to rectify it. Mrs. Digilio further compares Dr.

Friday, July 30, 1965

Job

Dr. King reflects on the purpose of suffering in the Book of Job and how Job deals with it.

Class Notes Psalms

Dr. King writes several scriptures from the Book of Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Bible.

MLK Statement Regarding an Attack on the First Amendment

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Dr. King addresses violations of First Amendment Rights in this statement regarding the events at Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

Monday, October 30, 1967

Operation Breadbasket Pamphlet

This pamphlet describes the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Operation Breadbasket initiative.

Letter from Jefferson Poland to MLK

Following the death of his grandfather, Jefferson Poland corresponds with Dr. King to share his belief in man's divinity. After a life of discrimination, Poland's grandfather, Ross Mullin, wrote a poem to Dr. King which criticized prejudice. This transformation after sixty years of hatred represents man's continuous growth.

God the Inescapable

Dr. King references the book of Psalms regarding the topic "God the Inescapable." King speaks about man attempting to hide from God, but ultimately expresses that this impossible to do.

Letter from Wisconsin Branch of the NAACP to MLK

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The Racine Chapter of the NAACP Banquet Committee invites Dr. King to speak at their annual banquet.

Wednesday, June 14, 1961

MLK Notes for Speech to the Chicago Headline Club

This is a draft of a speech Dr. King delivered to the Chicago Headline Club. The speech encompasses information regarding the difficulty the media may have covering the SCLC and the Civil Rights Movement.

Mid-Winter Extra Session of the Progressive National Baptist Convention

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L. Venchael Booth, Executive Secretary for The Progressive National Baptist Convention, sends out this letter and news release regarding the Official Call to the Mid-Winter Extra Session to be held in St. Louis, Missouri in late January of 1968.

Thursday, January 11, 1968

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald

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In this letter Joan Daves informs Ms. Dora McDonald that all matters pertaining to the published works of Dr. King must pass through her office, as she is the literary agent for Dr. King.

Friday, May 1, 1964

Letter from Norma Roman to Mrs. King

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Norma Roman sends her condolences to Mrs. King the day after Dr. King's death.

Friday, April 5, 1968

God

Dr. King explores the topic of God and quotes the classical scholar Gilbert Murray.

Resolutions of Institute on Non-Violent Resistance to Segregation

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This document contains SCLC resolutions of July 22-24, 1959, regarding nonviolence. The resolutions include: commending the 50th Anniversary Convention of the NAACP, thanking the staff of Spelman College, and calling upon organizations to "initiate plans against forms of racial discrimination."

Tuesday, August 11, 1959

Letter from Armour G. McDaniel to MLK

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Armour G. McDaniel, Director of the Small Business Development Center, writes Dr. King to alert him that government assistance to low-income individuals is at risk. Mr. McDaniel describes the Small Business Administration's initiative to assist poor Negroes and states that since the Economic Opportunity Act of 1966 was amended, not a single loan has been granted in Atlantic or Cape May Counties by the SBA.

Monday, March 20, 1967

Letter from Thomas Elliott Huntley to MLK

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Thomas Elliott Huntley, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sunday, November 1, 1964

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

Statement on Nobel and Catholic Interracial Council Awards

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John A. McDermott, Executive Director of the Catholic Interracial Council, lauds Dr. King's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize and announces that the Council is awarding King its John F. Kennedy Award.

Saturday, October 17, 1964

Letter from Arvella Gray to MLK

Arvella Gray sends Dr. King some records for the congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church to sing along with some of their pictures.

Letter from Mrs. Phyllis Nissel to MLK

Phyllis Nissel congratulates Dr. King for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. She remembers hearing his speech at the March on Washington and appreciates Dr. King's ability to represent the voices of so many.

City Council Kills Hopes for Low Rental Apartment Complex

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This article, located in The Independent, covers a housing conflict in San Diego, California. The housing project would provide clean, modern apartments for the Negro population, using the extra land of Mt. Hope Cemetery. The goal of the project is to alleviate an area with over 4,000 substandard housing units. Approved by federal agencies, the project would also offer supplemented rent to those unable to afford the full amount. Despite approval, city council members rejected the idea due to opposition from white property owners and residents.

Sunday, September 3, 1967

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