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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.

God

Dr. King quotes astronomer William M. Smart's concept of God in "The Origin of the Earth."

Letter from MLK to Lester Kendel Jackson

Wednesday, July 17, 1963
Indiana (IN)

Dr. King sends a check to Dr. Jackson at St. Paul Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana, to aid with reconstruction of the church.

United Nations Seminar Brochure

Washington, D.C., New York (NY), CHINA

This pamphlet offers information on the registration, time, place, and cost of the United Nations Seminar being held in Washington D.C from October 17-21, 1966. Enclosed is a registration form for the Seminar.

Letter from Johann R. Goelz to MLK

Tuesday, May 7, 1963
Milwaukee, WI, GERMANY

Johann R. Goelz highlights the spiritual irony that Dr. King's has the same name of the historical Martin Luther. Mr. Goelz served as a former Lutheran pastor in Germany and expounds on the religious realities of Jesus Christ.

Letter from Elbert Ransom Jr. to MLK

Friday, March 18, 1966
Chicago, IL

In this letter from Mr. Ransom to Dr. King the former welcomes Dr. King to "our complexed [sic] city." The author also expresses nostalgia for previous shared experiences and his hopes for the future of the movement.

Letter from Rev. John Bartos to MLK Regarding "Strength to Love"

Monday, March 1, 1965
Wisconsin (WI)

Rev. John Bartos referenced Dr. King's book, "Strength to Love," in his sermon to the First Baptist Church congregation. Rev. Bartos focused on the chapter "Being a Good Neighbor," in which Dr. King discusses a story of a car accident and the discriminatory triage process that contributed to the occupants' deaths. The sermon produced questions and reactions the writer is hoping Dr. King can address.

Telegram from Selma Frazier to MLK

Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL), Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

Selma Frazier and family send their support to Dr. King during his incarceration in the Birmingham jail.

MLK Addresses Riots and War

Sunday, October 1, 1967
Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH)

Dr. King encourages friends to support nonviolence in order to avoid physical or moral destruction. He explains that the, "SCLC cannot support riots for moral and pragmatic reasons."

Letter from Alice Sargent to MLK

Wednesday, November 13, 1963
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania (PA), Cincinnati, OH, Ohio (OH)

Alice Sargent, the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Temple University, inquires what role the students can play in the Civil Rights Movement and sends a sample of one of the students' editorials.

Schleiermacher (Religion & Ethics)

Dr. King quotes and writes about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s view in “Speeches on Religion” that criticizing a man’s actions is not criticizing his religion because he does not act from his religion. The full title of this work is “On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers.”

First Assembly of the World Council of Churches

Monday, August 23, 1948
New York, NY, New York (NY)

This photo, taken in August of 1948, illustrates the first meeting of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam.

Anonymous Postcard to MLK Regarding the Vietnam War

Sunday, March 17, 1968
Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM, Georgia (GA), Arizona (AZ), FORMER SOVIET UNION / USSR

An anonymous individual conveys to Dr. King his frustrations with President Johnson and the Vietnam War.

Letter from Louise Andrews Sims to MLK

Thursday, October 18, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Louise Andrews Sims asks Dr. King to consider providing assistance to the American Friend's Service Committee by setting aside one week for aspeaking engagement in October or November of 1963. Alternate dates could be in January through April of 1964.

Letter from Leonard E. Loper to MLK

Saturday, June 8, 1963
Philadelphia, PA, Indiana (IN)

Leonard Loper, of Mount Zion Baptist Church, writes Dr. King in hopes that he can be the keynote speaker for the church's Men's Day service.

Notes Regarding Civil Rights Act of 1965

This handwritten note describes the positive effects of the Civil Rights Act for Negroes. According to the notes, "What we have won in blood, toil and sacrifice we will not squander in apathetic complacency."

Sentinel: "King's Book Refutes Black Power"

Thursday, June 22, 1967
Los Angeles, CA

This document is a newspaper clipping from the Los Angeles Sentinel,l giving a review of Dr. King's book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. Headlined under the title, "King's Book Refutes Black Power", the book review places special emphasis on Dr. King's objection of black power as a slogan. In his book, Dr. King informed his readers that the paths of black and white individuals intersected towards equality and black power totally killed that process.

Letter from George D. Kelsey to MLK

Saturday, October 31, 1964
New Jersey (NJ), SWEDEN

Dr. and Mrs. Kelsey applaud Dr. King on his nomination and receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. Kelsey was Professor of Christian Ethics at Drew University.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Monday, January 13, 1964
New York (NY)

Joan Daves writes Dr. King regarding an incomplete document that he signed for the "English tax people." For his convenience, she encloses a pre-written letter to send to England once the document is officially completed.

Letter from MLK to Attorney Bell

New York (NY), New York, NY

Dr. King writes Attorney Bell thanking him for offering his services "to the Freedom Movement and the work of the SCLC."

Selma to Montgomery Commemorative Rally Suggestion

Selma, AL, Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL

This outline features a tentative agenda, statement of purpose, and key logistical information pertaining to the commemorative rally celebrating the completion of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.

MLK Note

New York (NY)

Dr. King writes a story about a father and son waiting for a train at New York's Grand Central Station. The son is headed to college in New England and the father gives the young man some simple, yet profound advice. "Bill, never forget who you are."

Holiday Card from the King Family to Rosa Parks

Virginia (VA)

The King Family send their holiday greetings to Mrs. Rosa Parks in this holiday card.

Letter from Carey Preston to Dora McDonald

Thursday, July 9, 1964
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Carey B. Preston confirms the details of Dr. King's trip to Philadelphia to speak at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Convention.

Fundraising Letter from MLK Addressed to Friends

New York, NY, Mississippi (MS), Selma, AL, South Africa, Chicago, IL

Dr. King writes this letter on behalf of the Workers Defense League, requesting funds to assist six South African youth who seek political protection in the U.S.

Letter from Arthur L. Kinsolving to MLK

Tuesday, September 19, 1967
New York (NY), New York, NY

Arthur Kingsolving sends his thanks to Dr. King for remembering him and sending a copy of "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Letter from the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church to MLK

Wednesday, July 13, 1966
Texas (TX), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

The Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church regrets Dr. King's inability to attend their engagement. The church then requests Dr. King's appearance as the guest speaker for their annual Negro History Obeservance event the following year.

MLK Speech: Acceptance of Spingarn Medal

Friday, June 28, 1957
Detroit, MI, Michigan (MI)

Dr. King addresses the attendees at the NAACP 48th Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan. He acknowledges the noble men and women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement, for which his leadership earned him this award. Dr. King also discusses the ongoing struggle for civil rights and the nonviolent approach needed for the American Negro to win freedom and justice.

Letter from Ira Sandperl to MLK with Concerns of Supporting SCLC

Saturday, December 10, 1966
California (CA), Chicago, IL, South Carolina (SC)

Sandperl pleas with Dr. King to review and respond to his four point proposal, proclaiming that only then will he and Joan Baez continue to support SCLC. Sandperl criticizes SCLC for not being honest with it's coworkers, being unorganized, and self defeating. Sandperl wants Dr. King to convince him otherwise, but does not view the SCLC as being able to achieve social change from what he experienced at the retreat in South Carolina. Sandperl promises support if his proposal is adopted by the SCLC.

Letter to MLK Regarding Merit Award

Indiana (IN)

The author writes a letter that advocates for Dr. King to win an award of merit. In the letter, he discusses some major events that occurred throughout the Reverend's life. Some of these events include: leading the Civil Rights Movement, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and becoming a strong political figure.