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Letter from Philip Watson to MLK

Monday, December 21, 1964
NORWAY, California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Watson praises Dr. King for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and describes the award as a "global testimony" to Dr. King's leadership.

Letter from John E. Farrow to MLK

Monday, November 18, 1963

John Farrow writes Dr. King to suggest he tread softly as he continues the fight for social justice. Farrow states that whites will fight back with brute force against desegregation and civil rights for all. Farrow urges Dr. King to offer knowledge but not seek to antagonize whites during the March on Washington and his future efforts for the civil rights movement.

Receipt to the Motown Record Corporation

Monday, October 3, 1966
Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI

The following receipt was issued by the SCLC to the Motown Record Corporation for their financial contribution.

Letter to Kenneth Gibbs from Dora McDonald

Monday, September 30, 1963
New York (NY), New York, NY

Ms. McDonald sends Mr. Gibbs a letter of thanks for his kind letter of support and encloses an autographed cover of TIME magazine on behalf of Dr. King.

Letter from John and Elfriede Kallpelz to MLK

Sunday, November 24, 1963
GERMANY, Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

John and Elfriede Kallpelz send Dr. King a financial contribution in honor of the late President Kennedy. Mr. Kallpelz, a native of Atlanta writing from Germany, explains the closeness he feels to Dr. King's work.

Numbers

Dr. King cites several verses from the Book of Numbers.

Fight for Open City

Sunday, August 21, 1966
Chicago, IL

Included in The United Council Sentinel, is an excerpt featuring an initiative of Dr. King and various others: Operation Breadbasket. The author explores the details of this specific movement.

Letter from C.B. Atkins to MLK

Tuesday, June 12, 1962
New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA

In this document the writer thanks Dr. King for meeting with him concerning the proposed "Martin King album" and television series. The writer encloses a memorandum on consumer information and requests King's travel schedule.

News Clipping Pertaining to Job Corp March

Tuesday, August 9, 1966
Michigan (MI)

The article references a series of hostile altercations between the trainees at a local Job Corps and the residents of Battle Creek.

Letter from Jay Richard Kennedy to MLK

Monday, October 28, 1963
New York (NY), New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

Jay Kennedy encloses a copy of a picture and a transcript from a television program that included Dr. King. He thanks Dr. King for an earlier letter and explains that their views are aligned. Kennedy also briefly discusses civil rights in America and the federal government.

Letter from Massachusetts Mental Health Center to MLK

Tuesday, January 16, 1962
Boston, MA

Drs. Myron Sharaf and Milton Greenblatt invite Dr. King to speak at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Mental Health where the staff and researchers share an interest in ending "hate in social life."

Matter (Aristotelian Concept)

Here, Dr. King discusses the functional differences between matter and form.

Levels of Love

Dr. King outlines several levels of love, such as Christian love, utilitarianism love and romantic love.

Chicago Schedule

Chicago, IL

Dr. King lists the flight numbers and times associated with his travel from Atlanta to Chicago.

Man

Dr. King notes that the psalmist’s view of man in Psalms 12:1 seems to indicate that there are no longer godly men.

Schleiermacher (The Essence of Christianity)

Dr. King writes that Friedrich Schleiermacher describes the essence of Christianity as a belief in Jesus as the origin of the Christian faith and his work as that of redemption.

Southern Leaders Conference letter to Eisenhower

Friday, January 11, 1957
Tennessee (TN), Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Florida (FL)

Ministers meeting at the Southern Negro Leaders Conference on Transportation and Non-Violent Integration co-signed this letter to Pres. Eisenhower.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

An anonymous author criticizes Dr. King's stance on the American economy and the current status of the Negro.

Letter from Vanessa Garrett to MLK

Friday, February 2, 1968
Chicago, IL

Vanessa Garrett writes Dr. King discussing various problems African Americans face. She seeks advice on how to solve these issues.

Reason and Faith

Dr. King writes a quote from William Spurrier's Guide to the Christian Faith.

Letter from John A. Bodkin to MLK

Friday, April 7, 1967
New York, NY

John Bodkin writes Dr. King regarding the speech Dr. King delivered at Riverside Baptist Church in New York detailing his views on the war in Vietnam.

Letter from E. R. Boynton to SCLC

Monday, March 18, 1968
Michigan (MI), Ohio (OH)

Mr. Boynton inquires about a financial contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Fund for which he has not received a receipt.

Telegram from King Children to Master Billy Watchel

Thursday, January 2, 1969
New York (NY)

The King children thank Billy Wachtel for the Christmas gifts he sent to them.

Letter from Rev. Canon John S. Yaryan to Dora McDonald

Wednesday, May 13, 1964
San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA

Rev. Yaryan writes to confirm Dr. King's appearance at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He asks that Dr. King preach not only for their morning service, but also the evening worhsip service as well.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Warren Chippindale

Wednesday, July 27, 1966
CANADA

Dr. King writes to respond to Mr. Chippindale's invitation to have Dr. King speak in Montreal. He states that due to prior engagements, he will not be able to accept the invitation.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

Friday, March 31, 1967
New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

The author writes Dr. King and questions his motives for speaking so "rashly" against the conflict in Vietnam.

Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt Regarding Discrimination In Employment

Alabama (AL)

In this letter, Fred Poellnitz writes Franklin D. Roosevelt regarding his inability to obtain a job with the U.S. government. He claims that it is due to discrimination in employment.

Messianic Age (Haggai)

Dr. King makes reference to the Biblical governor Zerubbabel. The specific passage to which Dr. King refers reads, "On that day, says the Lord of Hosts, I will take you Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, my servant, and wear you like a signet ring; for it is you whom I have chosen. This is the word of the Lord of Hosts" (Hag. 2:23).

Letter from Kennon Brownlee to MLK

Thursday, October 12, 1967
Texas (TX), Dallas, TX, VIETNAM

Kennon R. Brownlee, a social science major at Bishop College, asks Dr. King for his opinion concerning the war in Vietnam.

Dr. King in his Office at SCLC

Atlanta, GA

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