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Letter from Paul Rene of KYAC to MLk

Thursday, May 26, 1966
Washington (WA)

Paul Rene, the Public Relations Director and News Editor of KYAC Radio requests to interview Dr. King on voter registration.

Dr. King's Notes on Ministry

Dr. King explains his perspective on the path of ministry as a career. In this brief paragraph, he notes that ministry is a very noble career but it is also difficult.

Integrating Elementary Schools in Berkeley

Thursday, April 20, 1967
Berkeley, CA, California (CA), New Jersey (NJ)

This article details the integration of several Berkeley area elementary schools. The Presidents of each school give feedback regarding the public's response and their plans on how they will proceed.

MLK's Sermon Notes

Dr. King drafted the intro of this sermon to place emphasis on the pros and cons of despair. The place and date of where this sermon was preached is not known.

Letter from Stanley Lavison to MLK Regarding Speeches

Thursday, March 17, 1966
Georgia (GA), New York, NY, Chicago, IL

In this letter to Dr. King, Stanley D. Levison references text books with Dr. King's speeches and The Chicago Rally.

Letter from MLK to Rev. James A. Shiflett

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

Dr. King conveys his appreciation to Reverend Shiflett of Chicago for his involvement in and support of the Albany Movement.

Letter from J. M. Lawson Jr. to MLK

Wednesday, September 13, 1967
Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, OH, Atlanta, GA

Minister J. M. Lawson Jr. served as director of nonviolent education for SCLC from 1960 to 1967. In this letter to Dr. King he expresses concerns about program efforts for the summer and fall seasons. Mr. Lawson is conscious of the necessary redirection of the project and informs Dr. King that he has recommendations.

Statement by Reverend Jesse Jackson

Wednesday, August 16, 1967
Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA

Reverend Jesse Jackson gives a report regarding SCLC's Operation Breadbasket. Reverend Jackson states, "There are no riotous fires set aflame in this country that can be put out with water from a rubber hose; the flames must be extinguished by money from an economic hose."

Operation Breadbasket Food Store Agreement

Chicago, IL

Economic conditions begin to change as High-Low Foods and the ministers of Operation Breadbasket team up to provide better opportunities for African Americans.

The Student Movement and You

Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

This handbill calls for a boycott on Rich's and A & P in response to their discriminatory practices in employment and services to the Negro population of Atlanta, Georgia.

New Harassment: The Lunacy Test by MLK

Saturday, June 23, 1962
Louisiana (LA), Shreveport, LA, Virginia (VA), Atlanta, GA

Dr. King identifies events that demonstrate the absurd actions of the racist opposition during the Freedom Movement in the South.

SCLC 10th Anniversary Advertisement Order Form

Atlanta, GA

This letter serves as an order form for advertisement in a booklet commemorating the SCLC's ten-year anniversary.

Statement by MLK on Jailings

Thursday, May 9, 1963
Birmingham, AL

Dr. King states that there have been blatant violations of constitutional principles in the arresting of nonviolent protesters. He further states that those incarcerated have been subject to beatings.

MLK Address to the United Neighborhood Houses of New York

Tuesday, December 6, 1966
New York (NY), VIETNAM

Dr. King addresses the United Neighborhood Houses of New York at the Biltmore Hotel. He focuses on the need to alter the ineffective, piecemeal manner in which the government tries to fight poverty by fighting its symptoms, and instead suggest that the government channel those funds into a new "guaranteed annual income" that will help turn non-producers into consumers. This rough draft of the speech contains Dr. King's handwritten revisions and additions.

Letter from Joan Daves to Harry H. Wachtel

Friday, November 6, 1964
New York (NY), New York, NY

Joan Daves sends Mr. Watchel a copy of a proposed Memorandum of Agreement for the distribution of hand lettered copies of Martin Luther King's speech I Have A Dream.


Dr. King quotes Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species."

Letter from the N.H.W.P.A to Dr. King

Chicago, IL

This anonymous author writes Dr. King expressing his dislike of African Americans.


Dr. King quotes Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Letter from President Johnson to MLK on Assuming Presidency

Monday, December 2, 1963
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

President Johnson writes Dr. King thanking him for his sympathetic telegram as he assumes the Presidency and assures him that he will continue the fight for civil rights initiated by President Kennedy.

Letter from David Cassat to MLK

Wednesday, October 26, 1966
New York, NY, New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Mr. Cassat, Treasurer for the National Council of Churches, informs Dr. King about the benefits of the organization's Gift Annuity Program. He also encloses a brochure that outlines the various details of this innovative initiative.

Letter from Robert Kennedy to MLK

Wednesday, January 22, 1964
Washington, D.C., JAPAN

Attorney General Robert Kennedy invites Dr. King to be interviewed as part of an oral history program on issues and decisions of the Kennedy Administration.

Letter from MLK to Rev. Curtis J. Jackson

Friday, September 7, 1962
Florida (FL), Birmingham, AL, California (CA), Washington, D.C.

Dr. King notifies Rev. Jackson that he will not be able to travel to Orlando, but offers that he'll hopefully be able to accept more invitations in the near future. In addition, he requested that Rev. Jackson come and visit the Annual Convention of S.C.L.C. in Birmingham, Alabama.

MLK Outline on Preaching Ministry

Dr. King outlines the development of the preaching ministry. As an aspiring minister, Dr. King expresses how he wishes to develop his own ministry and provides ideas of the message he desires to share.

Letter from Robert F. Kennedy to MLK

Friday, June 5, 1964
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy expresses appreciation to Dr. King for agreeing to give an oral history interview for the JFK Library.

Statement from Jack Wood Jr. to the National Association of Housing Cooperatives

Saturday, March 19, 1966
New York (NY), Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, California (CA), Detroit, MI, Baltimore, MD

Wood commends President Johnson for his call for a Fair Housing Act and the Demonstration Cities Act of 1966 that would provide funds for rehabilitation of urban ghettoes. However, he laments the fact that they are separate bills and the government is accepting applications for the Demonstration Cities program absent a Fair Housing Act.

What Shall We Do to Be Saved

This is an outline for a sermon given by Dr. King, entitled, "What Shall We Do To Be Saved?" It includes an intended introduction. The date and location for which this sermon was delivered is unknown.

Letter from Shinichi Oshima to MLK

Tokyo, Japan, JAPAN

Fifteen year old Shinichi Oshima of Japan, writes Dr. King expressing his admiration and appreciation for the movement and the black man. He also discusses his religious views and his desire to help black men in Africa.

Letter from Frank S. Gotshall to MLK

Friday, March 1, 1968
Maryland (MD)

Frank S. Gotshall compliments Dr. King's as a "fine champion," but he asserts that the problem of race relations in America is worsening. To prevent race mixing, Gotshall proposes that each race be given its own area in which it can live.

Joint Statement on Violence in the Cities

Wednesday, July 26, 1967
Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, New Jersey (NJ), Georgia (GA), Michigan (MI), New York (NY), New York, NY

Dr. King, A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr., and Roy Wilkins issue a joint statement urging Negro Americans in cities such as Newark and Detroit to end the public disorder and rioting. The civil rights leaders emphasize the potential damage the urban riots pose to "the Negro population, to the civil rights cause, and to the entire nation."


Dr. King quotes the definition of evil and conceptualizes it as a "frustration."