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Freedom House (U.S.)

Freedom House, a bipartisan organization, was established in New York City in 1941 to promote freedom globally and strengthen human rights in the U.S. Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie, 1940 Republican presidential candidate, were the first honorary co-chairs. Freedom House opposed Nazism and Communism and supported the post-war Marshall Plan and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It was a vigorous opponent of McCarthyism in the 1950s and an early supporter of racial equality. Bayard Rustin, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, chaired the executive committee for many years. Freedom House honored Roy Wilkins and Dr. King at its annual dinner in November 1963. Myrlie Evers, widow of slain Mississippi National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) field secretary Medgar Evers, was presented a posthumous award for her husband at that time.

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Headquarters Torched After Milwaukee March

This article discusses the destruction of the Freedom House, home of the Milwaukee Youth Council of the N.A.A.C.P. The Freedom House was destroyed by a firebomb, which entered through the front window. Young Negro housing demonstrators attempted to hold a rally on the southside of Milwaukee in support of an open housing ordinance, only to return to a destroyed headquarters. This article was written by Milwaukee's Associated Press.

Letter from David L. Clark and Charles E. Young to MLK

David Clark and Charles E. Young of the University of California Los Angeles write to Dr. King to ask him to speak to the UCLA student body. They express that their students are very interested in the Civil Rights Movement and have planned an entire "Selma Week" to correspond with his speech and raise money for the Selma Movement.

Letter from George Field to Ms. McDonald

Mr. Fields requests advance text of remarks Dr. King is to give at the Twenty-second Freedom House Anniversary Dinner. The Freedom House Dinner receives major attention from the media and boasts a guest list of influential opinion makers.

Letter from Nathaniel L. Hawthorne to MLK

Nathaniel Lee Hawthorne, who describes himself as “a nonviolent militant Negro” from rural Virginia, asks Dr. King for advice on publishing a book. Hawthorne wants to tell the nation what it feels like to be poor

MLK: A Profile In Leadership

Outraged by recent allegations, civil rights leaders rally to unify their support of Dr. King and his position on the War in Vietnam. This document encourages his supporters to unite for a common purpose.

North and South

The SCLC newsletter informs its readers of the recent events that its members have taken part in. Hosea Williams went to Chicago to conduct a voter registration and voter motivation drive. Also, the SCLC's Operation Breadbasket, led by Jesse Jackson, made an agreement with a big food chain company. The company agreed to transfer some accounts from white banks to struggling Negro banks and to offer its Negro customers products manufactured by small Negro firms.

Remarks by MLK at the Freedom House Annual Dinner

Dr. King expresses his appreciation for being honored by Freedom House. He also pays tribute to the life and work of John F. Kennedy while encourging others to honor his memory through their dedication to civil rights.

Telegram from George Field to MLK

In this telegram, George Field, Executive Director of Freedom House, was willing to set a new date for their civil rights dinner, so that Dr. King would be able to attend.

The United States and Eastern Asia: The Report of a Conference of Asian Scholars

Harry D. Gideonse, President of Freedom House, sends Dr. King two reports concerning international relations between the United States and Asia. The first of the two is a report on the international policies that have been implemented between Western nations and the countries of Asia. The second is a report that tracks the progress of freedom throughout those regions.