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Crisis In the Nation

Washington (WA)

Dr. King and Joseph E. Lowery inform an anonymous recipient of an urgent meeting of the SCLC Executive Board.

Letter from MLK to D. Martin Fischer about American People

Tuesday, July 11, 1967
GERMANY, Berlin, Germany

Dr. King thanks Prof. Fischer for "submitting [his] thoughts and words of warning for the American People." Dr. King agrees with the professor's assertion that we should all try to "avoid the excesses and horrors of war."

Biographical Sketches of Leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

New Jersey (NJ), Mississippi (MS), Washington, D.C., Missouri (MO), Minnesota (MN), North Carolina (NC), Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Little Rock, AR, Jackson, MS, Detroit, MI, Montgomery, AL, Maryland (MD), Chicago, IL, Berlin, Germany

These are biographical sketches of various leaders who were involved in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedoms. These distinguished individuals were involved in organizations that focused on equality and nonviolence.

Statement on Nonviolence in the South

Thursday, January 10, 1957
Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Tallahassee, FL, Montgomery, AL

This document is a statement addressing the need to combat the growing violence between southern Caucasian Americans and African Americans.


"Immortality" is the title of this handwritten note card by Dr. King, who documents a story of Socrates and the harp as an analogy to man.

Photograph of Hammond Sound Truck Advertising Freedom Concert

Texas (TX)

This photograph shows the Hammond Sound Truck advertising a Freedom Concert , which will feature Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez and Dr. King.

A. Philip Randolph Institute Minutes

Tuesday, November 7, 1967
New York, NY

These meeting minutes of the Executive Board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute include discussions on the urgent need for legislative action on the Freedom Budget, a possible theoretical and analytical magazine on the Negro struggle for equality, and celebration of Mr. Randolph's 80th birthday.

King Made Tactical Error In Choosing Slums as Issue

Thursday, March 3, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

This article addresses Mr. Jay McMullen's issue with Dr. King's "trusteeship" or "personal war" with Chicago slums serving as the focal point of his Chicago crusade. According to Mr. McMullen this approach showed not only the lack of diplomacy by Dr. King and his staff, but also proved that in fact their approach may be ten years too late.

Memorandum from Ralph D. Abernathy to MLK

Monday, June 20, 1966
Atlanta, GA

This memorandum regarding SCLC liabilities, income and bank balances, was sent from Ralph Abernathy to Dr. King.

Letter from Peggy Duff to MLK

Wednesday, September 13, 1967
GERMANY, London, England, San Francisco, CA

Peggy Duff writes Dr. King on behalf of The Campaign for Disarmament in West Germany to request a meeting with him while he is London. Ms. Duff references an earlier meeting with Dr. King in which he mentioned a projected trip to Europe in order to receive an Honorary Degree at Newcastle University. She informs him that the organization is interested in having him speak at a meeting on the war in Vietnam.

Letter from Richard L. Zanglin to MLK

Wednesday, August 9, 1967
Cincinnati, OH, Atlanta, GA

Richard L. Zanglin invites Dr. King to speak to the student body at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Comment On Proposed Resolution: Ending Racism in the Democratic Party

Friday, October 9, 1964
Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), New York (NY), Texas (TX), New Jersey (NJ)

On October 9th, 1964, the Democratic National Convention adopted a resolution ending racial discrimination in Party membership.


Dr. King writes about evil, according to Jeremiah 44: 23.

The World of Books

Saturday, June 17, 1967
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

This is a broad review of Dr. King's publication, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" The article also notes that this was the first book Dr. King has released since his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Findings and Recommendation Committee

Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), Florida (FL), Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Massachusetts (MA), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Arkansas (AR), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Louisiana (LA), Virginia (VA)

This is a recommendation to establish a temporary coordinating committee in Atlanta, GA to deal particularly in the areas of finance and communication.

Newsday: Poor Listeners

Tuesday, November 15, 1966
New York (NY), VIETNAM, Washington, D.C., New Jersey (NJ)

The writer issues an indictment of the current Presidential administration for its failure to listen to others' views of the situation in Vietnam.

Class Notes: Deuteronomy

Dr. King discusses the theological concepts of God, man, sin, individual ethics, and social ethics. He also outlines the history of the Biblical book, Deuteronomy.

Anonymous Letter to MLK

Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), ISRAEL

The author of this letter asks what Dr. King is doing for his people. He or she recommends the rich Negro people in the community help the poor just as the American Jewish community helped Israel.

Letter from Rev. Michael Hamilton to MLK

Tuesday, July 25, 1967
Michigan (MI), New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Rev. Michael Hamilton informs Dr. King that the book "The Viet Nam War - Christian Perspectives", which includes Dr. King's address on Vietnam, has just been published. Hamilton also notifies Dr. King of publicity plans and expresses gratitude for his contribution.

Revolt Without Violence - The Negroes' New Strategy

Monday, March 21, 1960
North Carolina (NC), Montgomery, AL, Alabama (AL), Tallahassee, FL, Florida (FL), Nashville, TN, Tennessee (TN)

In this 1960 U.S. News & World Report article, Dr. King discusses the lunch counter sit-in movement spurring across the American South, the nonviolent approach to civil rights demonstrations, and the evolving status of the Negro.

Letter from Dean George W. Jones to MLK

Tuesday, October 19, 1965
Birmingham, AL, Virginia (VA)

George Jones writes Dr. King on behalf of his brother-in-law, Captain Yancey Martin, who is subject to a trial based on previous accusations. Jones hopes that Dr. King is able to utilize his role with the S.C.L.C. to assist Captain Martin.

Letter from MLK to Dr. Milton Rokeach

Boston, MA, Michigan (MI)

In this letter, Dr. King writes to Dr. Rokeach concerning the involvement of social scientists and the civil rights movement. Dr. King encourages Dr. Rokeach to become actively involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Dorothy Cotton telegraphs congratulations

Sunday, January 31, 1965
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA), New York (NY), New York, NY

Dorothy Cotton, long-time colleague of Dr. King at Southern Christian Leadership Conference, congratulates Dr. King for being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Cotton was one of the only non-family members to subsequently accompany Dr. King to Oslo, Norway, for the prize ceremony.

Letter from San Francisco Vietnam Committee to MLK

Wednesday, September 15, 1965
San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, VIETNAM

The San Francisco Vietnam Committee invites Dr. King to speak for their anti-Vietnam War rally. Dr. King would begin making statements against the Vietnam War during the fall of 1965.

Letter from Kenneth Bells to Floyd McKissick

Friday, September 16, 1966
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Kenneth Bells requests to be removed from the Congress of Racial Equality's list of potential contributors due to CORE's support of the Black Power Movement.

Letter from MLK to Hugh Daugherty

Thursday, February 22, 1968
Michigan (MI)

In this response letter to Hugh Daugherty, Dr. King extends his deep appreciation for contributions made to the SCLC. The reverend also apologizes for the delay in response.

Funeral Service: Grand Master John Wesley Dobbs

Saturday, September 2, 1961
Georgia (GA), Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

This program outlines the funeral service of Grand Master John Wesley Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs established a number of civil rights organizations in the Atlanta area and was considered to be a close friend and confidant of Dr. King.

Three Dimensions of a Complete Life

Sunday, April 9, 1967
Chicago, IL, Alabama (AL), Montgomery, AL, Georgia (GA)

Dr. King discusses the primary three dimensions of life, which include: length, breadth, and height.

Royalty Statement from Joan Daves to MLK

Wednesday, June 14, 1967
New York, NY

This royalty statement reflects the amount earned for the Japanese edition of "Stride Toward Freedom".

Philosophy of Life (Its Importance)

Dr. King quotes G. K. Chesterton’s “Heretics.”