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The National Council of Negro Women

Brooklyn, NY, New Jersey (NJ), Washington, D.C., North Carolina (NC), Virginia (VA), Minnesota (MN), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS), Florida (FL), New York (NY)

This brochure gives a brief overview of the NCNW and the positive results its had on the Negro community.

America's Chief Moral Dilemma

Wednesday, May 10, 1967
Atlanta, GA

In this 1967 speech to the Hungry Club, Dr. King addresses America’s chief moral dilemma by focusing on three major evils: racism, poverty, and war.

Toynbee: List of Twenty-One Societies

Dr. King notes the twenty-one civilizations described in Arnold Toynbee's "A Study of History."

Letter from George W. Haley to MLK about an Invitation

Wednesday, January 24, 1968
Kansas (KS)

In this letter George W. Haley extends an invitation to Dr. King to speak at a public meeting. He also comments on a speech that Dr. King gave in Kansas.

Letter from Harry Belafonte to MLK

Thursday, February 15, 1968

Harry Belafonte expresses his deep appreciation to Dr. King for appearing with him on the "Tonight Show." Harry Belafonte concludes by thanking Dr. King for his friendship and for giving his time so generously.

Letter from Hazel Gregory to MLK

Friday, July 19, 1963
Montgomery, AL, Washington, D.C., Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Hazel Gregory, on behalf of the Montgomery Improvement Association, asks Dr. King about transportation to the March on Washington. She also commends him on his recent article published in "Ebony." Dr. King was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association from 1955 to 1960. The organization was founded after the arrest of Rosa Parks, which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Summit Conference Program

Sunday, December 15, 1963
North Carolina (NC)

This program outlines the schedule and issues of concern to be addressed at the Summit Conference.

What Are We Fighting For?

This outlines the sermon "What Are We Fighting For" into three components: the past, the present, and the future.

Facing the Challenge of a New Life

EGYPT, GREECE, CHINA, FRANCE, INDIA, PAKISTAN, Montgomery, AL

Dr. King uses Greek Philosophy, the Christian conception of agape love, and the need for nonviolent resistance as a guideline of "Facing the Challenge of a New Life" in America. Throughout the sermon, he encourages African Americans to remain committed to the nonviolent principles of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the precepts of Christian living to facilitate the birth of a new way of life in an America dealing with violent conflicts over social conditions.

Letter from James R. Cary to MLK

Friday, January 17, 1964
Wisconsin (WI)

A representative from the Southwest Wisconsin Education Association invites Dr. King to serve as the keynote speaker at the organization's annual convention. The executive secretary tells Dr. King that they are interested in his "experience with education in the south and the entire United States," and feel that he would greatly enhance the convention by delivering the keynote speech. The sender also congratulates Dr. King on his recent "Man of the Year" honor by Time Magazine.

Index Card with Dr.King's Handwritten Philosophy Notes

On this notecard, Dr. King outlines insights on pantheism and references philosophers Goethe, Spinoza, and Rousseau. 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. Topics covered include theology, philosophy, and history. Some material from these reference notes would later emerge in his speeches and sermons.

Social Ethics

Dr. King cites a scripture that deals with the topic of social ethics.

Letter from Time Magazine's Henry Luce to MLK

Wednesday, February 13, 1963
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Time Magazine's Henry Luce extends a special invitation for Dr. and Mrs. King to attend their 40th Anniversary dinner. Luce warmly hopes that Dr. King will be their "honored guest." He also mentions the possibility of President John F. Kennedy being in attendance.

Letter Regarding Politics

Maryland (MD)

The author discusses political issues regrading the president and political parties. In addition, the author suggests that Black Power leaders should obtain positions within the "nut house" and the NAACP should support these appointments.

A Memorandum Regarding the Cooperative Housing and Rehabilitation Program

Chicago, IL

In this memorandum from James P. Twomey, executive director of the Community Renewal Foundation Inc., writes to Mr. Donald Jordan of the Federal Housing Administration in regards to the building of cooperative housing and rehabilitation centers. The memorandum address certain issues such as the mortgage for the homes as well as the architects and attorneys

Statement by MLK Regarding the Nobel Peace Prize

Wednesday, October 14, 1964
Atlanta, GA

After being notified of receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King released this statement to the public.He refers to the award not as an honor but as a "tribute to the discipline."

Letter from W. A. F. Braem to MLK

Monday, December 4, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), California (CA)

Mr. Braem writes Dr. King emphasizing the importance of self-reliance. Braem list some issues that Civil Rights leaders should pay attention to such as education.

Letter from MLK to Murray Thomson

Friday, February 11, 1966
CANADA

Dr. King regretfully informs Murray Thomson that he cannot accept his invitation to Toronto due to his prior commitments for the month of June.

Letter from Haakon Knudsen to MLK

Thursday, March 5, 1964
Pennsylvania (PA), Minnesota (MN), Atlanta, GA

The Director of Field Activities from American Baptist Convention writes Dr. King to invite him to speak at the upcoming conference for their department.

Invitation to Dinner for General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wednesday, October 28, 1964
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Dr. King received this formal invitation to attend and be seated on the dais at The Family of Man Award Dinner in honor of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, at the Hotel Astor on 10/28/64.

John Locke

Dr. King records a quote from English political theorist John Locke on the development of the human mind.

Letter from Anonymous Writer to MLK

Wednesday, May 31, 1967
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR, HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE), ITALY, POLAND, SPAIN, Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIETNAM

The author of this letter copies an article "Communists Meet the Church," published by the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, to support his accusations of cooperation between the Catholic Church and Communists.

Letter from Marry Gottesfeld to MLK

Wednesday, August 7, 1963
New York, NY

Mary Gottesfeld, president of the Community and Social Agency Employees Union, writes Dr. King expressing pleasure in contributing more to Dr. King's organization. She also reminds him of the thousands that are behind his cause.

Schleiermacher (The Religious Man)

Dr. King quotes Schleiermacher's views on man's identification with Religion.

Descartes

Dr. King quotes the French philosopher Rene Descartes on the concept of "doubt."

Letter from Dora McDonald to Eugene Exman about MLK

Thursday, June 22, 1961
New York (NY), Missouri (MO)

Ms. McDonald writes Harper & Brothers executive to confirm receipt of his letter to Dr. King dated June 19, 1961 requesting a proposed timeline for the completion of a forthcoming book. Ms. McDonald reassures Harper and Brothers that Dr. King is adhering to the request and will take five weeks off to ensure completion.

Letter from MLK to Heinz Ehrlick

Thursday, August 15, 1963
Brooklyn, NY, New York (NY)

Dr. King thanks Mr. Ehrlick for his encouraging letter and suggestions.

God

Dr. King uses a verse from the Book of Nehemiah to illustrate God's faithfulness.

Did President Kennedy Die in Vain

"Did President Kennedy Die In Vain" describes the author's request that we elect officials with a higher moral bearing and adherence to Christian principles.

Letter from Canadian Friend's Service Committee to MLK

Tuesday, February 2, 1965
CANADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UNITED KINGDOM, FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR

Murray Thomson invites Dr. King to attend an annual conference of world diplomats in Ontario, Canada. Some of the major topics of discussion include the future of military alliances, the growing role of the United Nations, and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.