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Get Well Message to MLK from the Anderson Family

Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL

The Anderson family wishes Dr. King a speedy recovery and informs him of a recent meeting with Rev. Kelley.

Letter to Mrs. King from Mrs. Lawrence Greene

Tuesday, April 9, 1968
New York (NY)

In this letter, Mrs. Lawrence Greene offers encouragement to Mrs. King. As such she writes, "You have today made yourself a woman among women. In your time of grief you thought not of yourself but of us that cry in the night."


Dr. King quotes a passage regarding worship, from Samuel Arthur Devan's "Ascent to Zion."

Two Noted Rights Workers Added to Staff of SCEF


This article explains Ella J. Baker and John R. Salter were added to the New Orleans based Southern Christian Educational Fund shortly before its headquarters were raided by more than 100 policemen on October 4th.

Letter from Rev. Grover Graham to MLK

Thursday, May 17, 1962
Atlanta, GA, North Carolina (NC)

Rev. Graham writes Dr. King thanking him for a previous letter and sends his support for Dr. King's leadership in the nonviolent pursuit of civil rights

Letter from Robert F. Kennedy to MLK

Thursday, March 31, 1966
Washington, D.C., VIETNAM, Atlanta, GA, Montgomery, AL, Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL)

Robert Kennedy writes to Dr. King to express his support for the Civil Rights Movement and the strive to preserve the basic values of freedom and dignity throughout the world. Lastly, Robert Kennedy sends Dr. King a series of speeches he made in January and wish to hear Dr. King's reactions to them.

Women's International League Conference

Atlanta, GA

This pamphlet provides information regarding the upcoming Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Conference.

Invitation to MLK from London Methodist Youth Organization

Monday, May 15, 1967
Montgomery, AL, Selma, AL, London, England, Berlin, Germany, INDIA, PAKISTAN

Greater London Youth and Community Service invites Dr. King to participate in a London to Canterbury Pilgrimage by leading a study on human rights and the church and preaching a sermon.

Memo from Joan Daves to MLK

Thursday, May 28, 1964
New York, NY

In this memo, Joan Daves informs Dr. King, along with others, that the Detroit News will run installments for "Why We Cant Wait." They are also told that the copyright will be in Dr. King's name and that credit will be given to Harper and NAL.

Address by Rabbi Joachim Prinz

Wednesday, August 28, 1963
Washington, D.C., GERMANY

Rabbi Joachim Prinz's address at the March on Washington focuses on the importance of freedom. He relates the struggle that blacks are currently enduring to the Nazism Jews faced during the reign of Hitler.

Letter from the Lamar W. Sessoms Family to MLK

Sunday, June 25, 1967
New Jersey (NJ), Atlanta, GA

In this letter, the Sessoms family informs Dr. King that rural sections of Mississippi are systematically starving their Negro residents. The Sessoms family asks for Dr. King's advice and assistance in alleviating this problem.

Letter from MLK to Dr. Benjamin Spock

Tuesday, June 16, 1964
Cleveland, OH, Ohio (OH)

Dr. King thanks Dr. Spock, famed pediatrician and social activist, for his recent contribution to the SCLC.

Chicago Defender: My Dream

Saturday, February 19, 1966
Chicago, IL

Dr. King writes this article for the Chicago Defender describing the social and economic climate of Chicago's ghettos. He explains that Ghettos are the site of economic exploitation and where no exchange of culture and resources are allowed to exist. SCLC staff and Reverend James Bevel "have come to see this as a system of internal colonialism." It is understood that slum culture is designed to perpetuate the inferior educational, health, housing, and employment states of the Negro.

Letter from Melvin Arnold to MLK

Thursday, November 29, 1962
New York, NY

Melvin Arnold addressed this letter to Dr. King, inquiring about the publishing of his second book, "Stregnth to Love."This letter contains a request for Dr. King to negotiate a contract and deal with issues of royalties. Also included is Dora McDonald's holograph shorthand in blue ink.

Letter from Dora to Joan

Friday, February 24, 1967

In this letter, Dora McDonald sends a photograph to Joan Daves.


Dr. King records a note on French scholar Ernest Renan's prophecy in relation to God.

Letter from Ernest Marshall Howse to MLK

Friday, January 10, 1964

Rev. Howse invites Dr. King to preach at the Craddock Student Mission in Toronto during Dr. King's planned trip to the area.

Letter from Hal Mason to MLK

Monday, March 18, 1968
North Carolina (NC), Atlanta, GA

Hal Mason, campaign chairman for Choice "68, requests that Dr. King send any materials pertaining to Dr. King's potential candidacy.

Letter from Harry H. Wachtel to Randolph T. Blackwell

Friday, December 2, 1966
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Harry Wachtel informs Randolph Blackwell that he's including $4,500 for the Southern Rural Action Project. The purpose of the project is to reduce the amount of poverty known to be prevalent in the south.

Eartha, Verbal Tempest, Flies to Los Angeles

Washington, D.C., VIETNAM, Los Angeles, CA, New Jersey (NJ), Kansas (KS), Oklahoma (OK)

This article references statements made by entertainer Eartha Kitt during a White House luncheon for women. Kitt expressed her concerns about the impact of the Vietnam War on American families and their sons.

Program of the Chicago Freedom Movement

Friday, July 1, 1966
Chicago, IL

This program outlines the prevalent social and economic disadvantages of the Negro population of Chicago. The authors give detailed accounts on the presence of impoverished areas and ghettos that systematically oppress African American opportunities for education, housing, and employment. In the past, Negroes have begged, pleaded, and reasoned with white city officials to change community conditions.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald about Book Autographs

Friday, August 28, 1964
New York, NY

With this letter Joan Daves sends three copies of "Why We Cant Wait" to Ms. McDonald requesting them to be autographed by Dr. King and returned to the specified recipients.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mr. Eric N. Gerdeman

Tuesday, October 22, 1963
Washington, D.C., Alabama (AL), Birmingham, AL, Virginia (VA)

Dora McDonald informs Eric N. Gerdeman that Dr. King is unable to provide an article due to his involvement in Birmingham, Alabama, Danville, Virginia, and writing assignments already accepted.

Letter Victoria Gist to MLK about a Speaking Engagement

Wednesday, June 16, 1965
Tennessee (TN)

Mrs. Victoria Gist, State President of the Hospitality Group, requests that Dr. King speak at a banquet for the State Youth Congress. She provides transportation instructions and contact information.

Template of Letter from MLK to SCLC Board Members

Thursday, February 1, 1968
Washington, D.C., New York (NY)

In this letter, Dr. King writes to an undisclosed board member of the S.C.L.C. to discuss an upcoming demonstration against the Vietnam War.

Transcript of MLK Appearance on WINS Radio

Sunday, May 31, 1964
Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C.

This document is a 1964 transcript of a WINS Radio interview with Dr. King. The focus is the Civil Rights Bill.

SCLC Citizenship Education Program

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

This pamphlet outlines the mission and objectives of SCLC's Citizenship Education Program. The program was designed to inform citizens about how to become full citizens in America. SCLC also addresses the recruitment of potential teachers to assist with the curriculum.

A Contentious Telephone Message

Wednesday, February 16, 1966
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

William Harold Johnson contacts Dr. King to inform him of a telephone message publicizing controversial information from a number listed in Springfield, Illinois. Mr. Johnson asks Dr. King for advice on how the Council of Churches could contend the information while also mentioning that he and his associates are interested in becoming more familiar with the approach being taken in Chicago.

Letter of Condolence from MLK

Friday, November 22, 1963

Dr. King expresses his grief as a result of President Kennedy's assassination.

Letter from Charles T. Dubin to MLK

Sunday, February 11, 1968
Maryland (MD), Atlanta, GA

Attorney at Law, Charles T. Dubin writes Dr. King to express his approval of the nonviolent practices of the SCLC, and assures Dr. King of the legal effect on the American judicial system. Dubin closes by imploring that Dr. King does not place himself in jeopardy and danger of life and limb.