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Letter from Jack Stern to Romanelli Studios

Monday, May 17, 1965
Los Angeles, CA

Jack Stern discusses the details with Romanelli Studios regarding the portrait plaque of Dr. King.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Rev. William Lawson

Wednesday, May 6, 1964
Texas (TX)

Dora McDonald writes in response to a request from Reverend William Lawson of Texas Southern University. McDonald encloses a biographical sketch and photograph of Dr. King, then relays a message from the Reverend to exclude a reception for him on May 17.

Telegram from the SCLC Staff Wishing a Happy Birthday to MLK

Connecticut (CT)

The SCLC staff members wish Dr. King a happy birthday and commend his "struggle for total democracy in our nation."

Institute of Non-Violence and Social Change: Reformation for Freedom

Friday, May 31, 1957
Florida (FL), New Orleans, LA, Louisiana (LA)

This 1957 program with the theme "Dignity with Humility, Love with Courage and Justice without Violence" details an event of the Institute of Non-Violence and Social Change, in which Dr. King is featured as a guest speaker. Though his affiliation is listed as President of Montgomery's Improvement Association, Dr. King appeared as leader of the nascent Southern Christian Leadership Conference, formed January 10, 1957.

Letter from Mrs. Fenner to MLK

New York (NY), New York, NY, Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Brooklyn, NY

Mrs. Fenner, on behalf of the Faculty of P. S. 155, sends a contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for use in the fight for African American Civil Rights.

Religion (Definition)

Dr. King quotes G. W. Knox on religion from the Harvard Theological Review.

Letter from Robert Way to MLK

Tuesday, April 25, 1967
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA

Robert Way, Chairman of the Hadley Executive Committee, writes to correct a misunderstanding regarding restrictions on the contents of a lecture Dr. King is scheduled to deliver. Mr. Way assures Dr. King he has the freedom to express what he feels is important.

The Cartoonist's View: Make Gains In St. Augustine

Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Tennessee (TN), St. Augustine, FL

This column features news on "gains in St. Augustine," and quotations from various sources on civil rights issues.

Letter From Jimmy Williams to MLK

Sunday, February 25, 1968
Arkansas (AR), South Africa, PHILIPPINES

Jimmy Williams, a U.S. Air Force officer, writes Dr. King requesting assistance in protesting his unjust termination from Officers Training School.

Letter from MLK to Reverend Arthur McDonald

Tuesday, October 9, 1962
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL, Albany, GA

Dr. King writes Reverend Arthur McDonald expressing appreciation for his presence in Albany. He also shares with Reverend Arthur how the non-violent battle in Albany is slowly fading yet the fight for equality is not over.

Letter from George Russell to MLK

Monday, February 5, 1968
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

George Russel offers his support for any endeavor Dr. King would assign him.

Letter from Harry Daniels to MLK

Saturday, March 29, 1969
Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, VIETNAM

Harry Daniels stresses the urgency of an American withdrawal from Asia and proposes appointing Dr. King as special ambassador to North Vietnam.

Telegram From M. J. Jones to MLK

Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Chattanooga, TN, Birmingham, AL

Mr. Jones, Chattanooga affiliate of the SCLC, writes a support letter to Dr. King while he is in jail.

Letter from Joseph A. Howell to MLK

Tuesday, December 12, 1967
Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Howell requests that Dr. King support the efforts of the United Church of Christ to stop smoking in America.

Insight Broward: Bullets, Backflips & Baby-Talk

Florida (FL)

Moreland Smith forwarded a copy of Insight Broward Magazine for Dr. King to view. In this collection of articles, Jim Corvell expresses his disapproval of Alcee Hastings, a local NAACP lawyer, who was a candidate for the House of Representatives. Coryell heatedly describes his efforts to thwart what he called "the [N]egro racist's political plans.

The Business Card of the Honorable Al Shabazz (Malcolm X)

New York, NY

During the late 1950s, Malcolm X began going by Malik Al-Shabazz. Shabazz, according to the Nation of Islam, was a Black Nation in central Africa from which all human beings descended. While the date of this card is unknown, it is presumed to be circa the late 1950s to early 1960s, before Malcolm X split from the Nation of Islam in 1964.

Letter from June A. Williams

Washington, D.C.

June A. Williams encloses a copy of the November - December, 1966 American Veterans Committee Bulletin which carries a summary report of the recent AVC National Conference of the Draft.

Open Letter from MLK to Negro Youth

Tuesday, September 6, 1966
Selma, AL, Birmingham, AL, Chicago, IL, Montgomery, AL

In the wake of the urban uprisings of 1966, Dr. King writes an open letter to Negro youth empathizing with their desire to return to school and to find jobs. He mentions that he's written the President urging funding so all poor children can attend school and advocating implementation of a public works program to provide jobs for youth. He encourages young people to abstain from violence as ineffective in achieving their goals.

Letter from O. O. Rabb to MLK

Monday, March 27, 1967
Atlanta, GA

This note and newspaper clipping from O.O. Robb was addressed to "The Right Reverend Martin Luther King, Pastor & Civil Rights Agitator." Robb assures Dr. King that he would, in fact, find supporters, "for there are many soft-headed wild-eyed people who have a soft heart and no brains who will follow." Robb contines that President Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty must go on and ends that Dr. King and his supporters will get their reward - a prison cell.

Telegram from Ambassador Ade Martins to MLK

NIGERIA

This telegram was sent to Dr. King and Theodore Brown by N. Ade Martins, the Ambassador of Nigeria. He explains the reaction of Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon, the commander in chief of the armed forces, to Dr. King's letter concerning the violence in Nigeria.

Religious Education

Dr. King cites Henry Nelson Wieman's "Normative Psychology of Religion."

Letter from Robert Birley to MLK

Wednesday, March 20, 1968
London, England, Atlanta, GA

Robert Birley invites Dr. King to give an address at a program in London. Mr. Birley informs Dr. King of the four topics that will be discussed and requests that Dr. King address the topic of racial discrimination.

Draft of Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

This document is one draft of Dr. King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Dr. King applauds the world for recognizing the American Civil Rights Movement and states that this award represents for him a "deepening commitment" to the philosophy of nonviolence.

Letter from Dorothy Gaines to Josephine Davis

Monday, April 19, 1965
Chicago, IL

Dorothy Gaines thanks Josephine Davis and her friends for their generous donation to the SCLC. Gaines explains the current efforts of the SCLC as well as the monthly budget of the organization. She expresses the importance of financial contributions and encloses receipts from the donation.

Letter from R. Belui to MLK

Wednesday, April 5, 1967
Los Angeles, CA

R. Belui thanks Dr. King for his courage in the fight for social justice. He also expresses his wishes for Dr. King's to be a presidential candidate.

Letter from Minnie Summers Lindsey to MLK

Tuesday, December 5, 1967
California (CA), Birmingham, AL

Mrs. Lindsey asks Dr. King for a copy of a speech she recently heard on the radio and his "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

Letter from James P. Dixon to MLK Requesting a Donation

Monday, November 20, 1967
Ohio (OH), Georgia (GA)

In this letter, Mr. Dixon discusses his early life, his journey to Antioch College, and requests help from Dr. King in funding the same program that put Dixon through college.

Letter from Thomas Johnson to MLK

Nashville, TN, New York, NY

Thomas Johnson, managing editor for 'The Forum' at Fisk University, explains that a new chapter of SNCC has recently been charted at the school. Johnson also requests that Dr. King write an editorial for their next publication.

Sin

Dr. King provides insight on the "secret of sin."

Letter from Donald G. Brownlow to MLK

Friday, November 1, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Donald G. Brownlow from Department of History invites Dr. King to speak with students on the current issues of today, especially race relations in the United States. Dr. King's handwritten note in the margin indicates, "Can't go this academic year...Southern struggle."