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Chicago Sunday Evening Club

The Chicago Sunday Evening Club (CSEC) was founded in 1908 by Clifford Barnes to promote the moral and religious welfare of Chicago by Christian leaders. Early participants were Jane Addams, Reinhold Niebuhr, Rabbi Stephen Wise and Booker T. Washington. In 1922, the group began broadcasting their programs over the radio and became known as The Nation’s Pulpit, featuring speakers like W. E. B. DuBois. Beginning in March 1956, the CSEC appeared on television, adding speakers like Dr. King and Paul Tillich. A half-hour version of the usual hour-long broadcast called 30 Good Minutes was begun in the 1980s and is still being produced. King spoke seven times at the Chicago Sunday Evening Club between 1965 and 1968.

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Letter from Alan Campbell to MLK

Alan B. Campbell writes Dr. King to express his appreciation for the address "Paul's letter to American Christians," which he hopes to republish in national journals such as Readers' Digest.

Letter from Edmond G. Jeffries to MLK

Edmond G. Jeffries writes Dr. King after hearing him speak at the Chicago Sunday Evening Club. Jeffries states, "The injustices that the white man has visited on the colored man for hundreds of years burns my soul." Jeffries expresses that he only wants to be a Christian.

Letter from James L. Hicklin, III to MLK

James Lewis Hicklin, III of The Freedom For All Foundation, inquires if Dr. King will serve on the organization's National Board of Governors.

Letter from MLK to Edmond G. Jeffries

Dr. King responds to Edmond Jeffries' letter regarding the benefit of the address that Dr. King gave at the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

Letter from MLK to James L. Hicklin

Dr. King expresses gratitude for being considered for a position on the National Board of Governors for the Freedom For All Foundation, but he declines due to commitments to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other pastoral duties.

Letter from MLK to Michelle Feinberg

Dr. King responds to Michelle Feinberg, a special education student from Gary, Indiana. In the letter, Dr. King tells Michelle her letter meant a lot to him and she is fortunate to have a special teacher.

Letter from MLK To W. H. Jackson

Dr. King responds to a letter from W. H. Jackson, regarding the Chicago Sunday Evening club. Mr. Jackson receives information on the possible effects his previous letter may have on Dr. King's white friends.

MLK Sermon: The Dimensions of A Complete Life

In this sermon given at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. King details the three dimensions of a complete life: length, breadth, and height.

What is Man?

Citing views from historical and contemporary figures, Dr. King asserts that the definition of "man" lies somewhere between God and an animal. Dr. King contends that, although man is limited by time and space, humans are not animals, because they have the capacity for rational thought. However, the central theme that Dr. King argues is that humanity is inherently evil and must constantly strive for high moral standards.