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Letter from MLK Regarding Chicago Movement Efforts, Torn Document

Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

With a future of brotherhood, freedom and harmony among all at the core of the fight for democracy, Dr. King, in this excerpt, stresses the need for support in the fight against injustice.

Senate Subcommittee on Urban Reorganization Statement

Thursday, December 15, 1966
Washington, D.C., VIETNAM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Chicago, IL

In a hearing on the plight of inner cities, Dr. King focuses on injustices in the urban ghettoes, stating that the problem is not primarily a race issue but an economic one. He calls for a rebalancing of national priorities and links the plight of America's poor to the squandering of resources on war.

Letter from Esther Thompson to MLK

Wednesday, November 10, 1965
North Carolina (NC), Atlanta, GA

Esther Thompson inquires if Dr. King and his church could be of assistance with helping her blind husband see again.

Telegram from Dr. and Mrs. King to the Harris Family

Albany, GA

Dr. and Mrs. King send condolences to Katie Harris upon the passing of Alphonso. The Kings remembered Alphonso as "a great and dedicated worker in the struggle for freedom and human dignity."

Tenth Annual Institute of the Montgomery Improvement Association

Thursday, December 9, 1965
Montgomery, AL, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Alabama (AL)

This program for the Tenth Annual Institute of the Montgomery Improvement Association gives a detailed history of the organization's events from 1955 to 1965. "Highlights At A Glance" include: accounts of violence and community bombings, school integration, freedom rides, The Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the establishment of the SCLC. Photographs of leadership, churches, voter registration, and marches appear throughout. This document also shows Dr. King's handwritten notes, copies of related news articles, and the individual programs for each day of the Institute.

Revolution and Redemption

Sunday, August 16, 1964
Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Montgomery, AL, NETHERLANDS

This document contains the address, "Revolution and Redemption," given by Dr. King in Amsterdam. Dr. King discusses the concerns of the "Gospel of Jesus Christ." He states there are two aspects of the world that must never be forgotten: "this is God's world," and that Jesus Christ gave his life for redemption.

Thank You Letter from MLK to Reverend Terrell

Friday, May 5, 1967
New York, NY

Dr.King expresses his deep appreciation to Union Baptist Church for their generous contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

New Politics Convention. Chicago, 1967

Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

This photo comes from the Benedict J. Fernandez "Countdown to Eternity" portfolio.
(Copyright: Benedict J. Fernandez)

Letter from Julius Avery to MLK Regarding Vietnam

Monday, May 15, 1967
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM

In this letter Julius H. Avery writes MLK to urge him to reconsider his position on the Vietnam war. Avery expresses his support for world peace but stresses that Dr. King's remarks are volatile and do not warrant "opening the flood gates to Communism."

University of Wisconsin Speakers Bureau Contract for MLK

Atlanta, GA, Wisconsin (WI), Chicago, IL

This is a contract from the Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago signed by Darrel R. Douglas, of the University of Wisconsin. It records the stipulations agreed upon for Dr. King to deliver a speech.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Marilyn Coulter

Thursday, November 7, 1963
Minnesota (MN)

Dora McDonald encloses an informational packet from Dr. King to Marilyn Coulter. Dr. King's only request for Coulter is that when she uses the information she cites the source from which it derives.

Original Sin

Dr. King writes a definition of original sin.

Letter from Irving Frank to MLK

New York (NY)

Irving Frank urges Dr. King to continue speaking out against the Vietnam War. Frank also encloses a check in support of Dr. King.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Bodo Charles Ohly

Monday, July 17, 1967
New York (NY), Brooklyn, NY

Dr. King writes Mr. Bodo Ohly regarding the new stanza he wrote to the National Anthem.

Telegram from Zaira Singh to Pope Paul VI

Wednesday, February 14, 1968
CANADA

Mrs. Singh, a Roman Catholic, requests that Pope Paul VI becomes a hostage in Hanoi, in order to end "barbarous American bombardment."

Telegram from Francis Lucas to Lucille Banta

Friday, January 17, 1969

Francis Lucas, assistant to Coretta Scott King, informs Lucille Banta of a scheduling conflict. She also requests information about which people "have agreed to sign the cable gram to His Holiness Pope Paul."

Partial Transcript: Speech at Guardian Association

Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Dr. King discusses the events in Montgomery, Alabama as a catalyst in what will become a new world. He stresses that the honor he receives from the Garden Association is not just for him, but for the fifty thousand supporters of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Letter from Irv Kupcinet to MLK

Monday, January 28, 1963
Chicago, IL

Irv Kupcinet, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, offers Dr. King recognition for his appearance his TV show. He thanks Dr. King for his significant contribution to the overall success of the program.

Letter to MLK from Mrs. Mary Jane Chattams

Friday, November 17, 1967
Ohio (OH), Berlin, Germany

Mrs. Chattams, a student, has contacted Dr. King for further clarity regarding a sermon he reportedly delivered in a Communist Church. Sharing Dr. King’s comments will be informative and beneficial for future class discussions.

Descartes

Dr. King references a theological concept by the French philosopher Rene Descartes.

Executive Staff Meeting of the SCLC

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

Dr. King informs the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff of an executive staff meeting scheduled for June 22, 1967.

The Conditions for Progress in Africa

Thursday, September 6, 1962
SOUTH AFRICA

In a speech at the University of Cape Town, H.F. Oppenheimer argues that Africa was a backwards content with few achievements prior to European colonization. He also says that the struggle against colonialism is thought of exclusively in political terms, but that it should also be considered in social and economic terms. He provides possible solutions for future progress in Africa, and he charges the African nationalist to complete the work that the colonialist began.

Letter from MLK to J. Howard Edmondson

Wednesday, June 24, 1964
Washington, D.C.

Dr. King writes Oklahoma Senator James Howard Edmondson to express appreciation for his support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

JFK's Executive Order In Housing

Thursday, December 13, 1962

This document is a draft of an article, written by Dr. King, to be placed in the Amsterdam Newspaper. Dr. King breaks down the housing order signed into law by President Kennedy. He makes clear that housing discrimination is a large hurdle to ending segregation.

Chicago Freedom Rally

Wednesday, July 6, 1966
Chicago, IL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

This document reflects an informational flyer regarding the Chicago Freedom Rally which promotes integration.

Memorandum from MLK

Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), Boston, MA

Dr. King regrets his absence at the Unity Council meeting and apologizes for his inability to sign a statement because it disagreed with his methods of civil disobedience.

Letter from Student Suzi Breece to MLK

Missouri (MO)

Cuba, Missouri High School freshman Suzi Breece asks Dr. King to send a letter about why civil rights are important to everyone. She hopes to use his statement as part of a class project.

Detroit Council for Human Rights: Walk To Freedom

Sunday, June 23, 1963
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI)

The Detroit Council of Human Rights adopted a declaration for Detroit, Michigan on May 17, 1963. In the declaration, the Council decided to stand in solidarity against the injustices that plague the city's African American population. This program is from the yearly demonstration that the Council holds to commemorate their pledge to combat the "inequality of this country."

Adverse Message from Dr. Douglas of Sarasota, FL

Wednesday, February 16, 1966
Illinois (IL), New Hampshire (NH)

This message from Dr. Douglas was given over the telephone #525-1717 in Springfield, Illinois. Douglas discusses his beliefs on racism and communism in regards to Dr. King. He discusses how communist are the followers of Dr. King, and also how the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to King in order to cause a "communist world revolution." Bayard Rustin is described by Douglas as a "pervert, jail bird" close associate of Dr. King.

Celsus

Dr. King writes about Celsus, a second century Greek philosopher who opposed Christianity.