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Letter from John Language to MLK

Friday, October 13, 1967
Massachusetts (MA)

John Langone asks Dr. King to write an article for his psychology journal on violence.

Citizens Action for Racial Brotherhood, Inc. Program

Friday, June 4, 1965
Illinois (IL)

The Citizens Action for Racial Brotherhood organized this program where Dr. King makes a special address.

Letter from MLK to Rev. J. Frank Patch

Monday, January 25, 1965

Dr. King writes Reverend J. Frank Patch informing him that his schedule prevents him from accepting Patch's invitation to speak at the Baptist Union of Western Canada.

Telegram from MLK to Fred Shuttlesworth

Cincinnati, OH, Ohio (OH)

Dr. King provides support and encouragement to Rev. Shuttlesworth.

Address by MLK at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wednesday, April 19, 1961

In his address to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. King discusses the subject of the "Church on the Frontier of Racial Tension." King describes the crisis state of the US as it passes from an old order of segregation to a new order of integration, proclaiming that this is both a moral issues as well as a political issues. King implores the church to open the channels of communication between races and institute social reform, especially economic justice. Lastly, he invites all people to step into the new age with understanding and creative good will in their hearts.

Letter from Frank R. Romano to MLK

Monday, May 1, 1967
Pennsylvania (PA), Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL

Frank R. Romano expresses his support for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by explaining his run as a peace candidate in the 1966 primary.

Condolence Letter to Mrs. King from Socorro Santos

Friday, April 5, 1968

This letter from a middle school student is one of condolence written to Mrs. King the day after Dr. King’s assassination.

Letter from C.G. Gomillion to Dr. Randolph Blackwell

Wednesday, August 18, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Tuskegee, AL, Selma, AL

C.G. Gomillion writes Dr. Randolph Blackwell requesting reimbursement for paying the bail to release SCLC driver Walter Franklin. Franklin was arrested and released in Tuskegee, but was arrested again in Selma because the SCLC failed to pay his fine.

Letter from Esther Jackson to MLK

Monday, June 28, 1965
New York, NY

Esther Jackson of the New York Shakespeare Festival sends Dr. King a "discussion letter" to raise the issue of desegregating the arts. Nationwide, new arts programs will emerge and existing organizations funded as part of "Great Society" programs. Jackson calls for an effort to prevent discrimination in such programs now rather than attempting to dislodge discrimination after it becomes further entrenched. She outlines the beginning of a response to the issue.

Statement Regarding Fred L. Shuttlesworth's Court Appearances

Tuesday, July 12, 1966
Louisville, KY, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA

This document explains Rev. Shuttlesworth upcoming court appearances as a result of his civil rights activities. He faces charges for blocking a sidewalk during a demonstration and for protesting at Drake Memorial Hospital.

Schleiermacher (Relation of Morality to Religion)

Dr. King outlines Friedrich Schleiermacher's view on the relation of morality to religion.

Letter from Charles Sellers to MLK

Saturday, April 29, 1967
Berkeley, CA, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., Geneva, Switzerland

Charles Sellers, a Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, writes this letter to Dr. King promoting the Washington Convocation On The National Crisis. He encloses the proposal that he and Cecil Thomas discussed with Mrs. King over the phone. The proposal details the organized effort to marshal public sentiment against current US policy in Vietnam. Five hundred prominent Americans will be invited to the convocation, to be held in Washington, DC.


Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology" on the concept of freedom.

Draft of MLK's An Open Letter to Negro Youth

Montgomery, AL, Selma, AL, Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL

In an open letter to Negro Youths, Dr. King urges them to stay committed to the nonviolent principles of social change in their plight to gain broad access to education and employment.

Highlander Reports: Black Power in Mississipi

Tennessee (TN), Mississippi (MS), South Carolina (SC), Atlantic City, NJ, Michigan (MI), Kentucky (KY)

In this newsletter, the writers speak about various issues concerning African Americans and their discrimination in politics.


Dr. King quotes Jeremiah 29:13-14, noting that man can find God if he searches with all his heart.

SCLC Resolution on 1966 Civil Rights Act

Thursday, August 11, 1966
Jackson, MS, Mississippi (MS), Chicago, IL

At its Tenth Annual Convention, the SCLC Board adopts a resolution calling upon President Johnson and Congress to reverse a vote on Title IV (Open Housing) of the Civil Rights Act of 1966 that effectively permits discrimination in the sale or rental of private housing. It also faults the Administration for failure to enforce Title VI (Ban on Federal Funds for Segregated Programs and Schools) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and for inadequate appointment of voter examiners under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Letter from MLK to Brothers-in-Christ

Friday, February 28, 1964
Ohio (OH)

Dr. King requests the participation of those receiving the letter. He encourages members of congregations to attend the Freedom Rally and urges churches to partake in Freedom Sunday.

Letter from Bible Student to MLK


The bible student who wrote this letter used biblical references to justify segregation and to persuade Dr. King to cease civil rights demonstrations.

Notecard regarding "The Theology of the Old Testament"

On this notecard, Dr. King references A.B. Davidson's book "The Theology of the Old Testament". This is an example of one of the many notecards Dr. King kept in a cardboard filing box for reference to quotations, ideas, books and other publications, definitions, and bible verses.


Dr. King cites a quotation from the book entitled "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. Mr. Tolstoy includes a dialogue between two characters in the book that discuss immorality. One character references "Hender's Theory" to expound upon the reality of life and death.

SCLC Executive Staff Meeting

Thursday, June 22, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King provides Civil Rights Activist, Septima Clark, with information regarding the Executive Staff meeting for the SCLC. Dr. King requests that Ms. Clark have her report ready to present prior to the meeting.

Letter from Ralph D. Abernathy to Dr. Carlyle Marney

Tuesday, May 4, 1965
North Carolina (NC), Atlanta, GA

Ralph David Abernathy writes to Reverend Carlyle to confirm his attendance to a conference held on May 6, 1965.

Letter from Arthur V. Hamman to MLK about Spirituality

Monday, June 19, 1967
Ohio (OH)

In this letter, Mr. Hamman lectures Dr. King on the concept of heaven and hell, asserting that there is no race, nationality, etc., before God.

SCLC Proposal for Recruiting "Grass Root" Delegates

Monday, June 12, 1967
Alabama (AL), Washington, D.C., Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Chicago, IL, Indiana (IN), Illinois (IL), Louisville, KY, Kentucky (KY), Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Virginia (VA), Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin (WI), Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Maryland (MD), Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA), Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Selma, AL, Jacksonville, FL, Jackson, MS, New York, NY, New Orleans, LA

This document contains a proposal for recruiting 1,745 "grass root" delegates to the SCLC's 1967 Annual Convention. Also included is a desired amount of delegates from southern states, a proposed list of meeting places, and a budget for recruiting the delegates.

Negro Pioneers: Booker T. Washington

Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Alabama (AL), Washington, D.C., Tuskegee, AL, Richmond, VA, Massachusetts (MA)

Lucille A. Chambers tells the story of Booker T. Washington's rise in society from his birth in Virginia to his founding of the Tuskegee Institute and the Negro Business League.

Letter from Moshe Decter to MLK

Tuesday, August 29, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR

Moshe Decter requests Dr. King's signature on a statement for the Conference on the Status of Soviet Jews. The statement will appear under the sponsorship of the Conference.

Pledge for Peace Campaign

California (CA), VIETNAM

Mr. Karno and Mr. Saunders request assistance for their Pledge for Peace campaign. This campaign specifically targets the economy through the automotive industry. "I hereby pledge not to buy a new car until there is peace in Vietnam".

Letter of Appreciation from Governor Richard J. Hughes to MLK

Thursday, August 29, 1963
New Jersey (NJ)

In this letter, Governor of New Jersey, Richard Hughes expresses appreciation to Dr. King for his inspiring words to America on Freedom Day during Washington March.

Letter from Mary B. Courtney to MLK

Sunday, October 24, 1965
Oklahoma (OK), Florida (FL), Atlanta, GA

Mary B. Courtney requests Dr. King's help to sell her property. She explains to him that the house has been on the market for three years in St. Petersburg, Florida, and while "several colored people" have contacted the real estate agency with interest, they are dissuaded by the lack of African Americans in the neighborhood. The author suggests that Dr. King contact some of his associates in St. Petersburg to assist in the matter.