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Letter from Wiley Bell to MLK

Friday, June 28, 1963
Texas (TX), Birmingham, AL, Alabama (AL)

Inspired by Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," Wiley Bell thanks Dr. King for the "heart warming and heart rending article." Bell tells Dr. King that his letter has inspired his studies as a fellow clergyman.

Letter from Paul Stagg to MLK

Monday, April 22, 1963
Pennsylvania (PA), Atlanta, GA

Paul Stagg, Program Director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, invites Dr. King to attend their convention along with a delegation of pastors from around the country. One of the highly anticipated sessions of the convention centers around the theme, "The Gospel in a World of Revolution."

Letter from Eleanor Bell Barnard to MLK

Tuesday, January 10, 1967
VIETNAM

Eleanor Bell Barnard expresses her appreciation for Dr. King's position on Vietnam and Civil Rights. Ms. Barnard also describes to Dr. King how his work is motivation to those who are unemployed.

Letter from David W. Letts to the S.C.L.C.

Wednesday, April 10, 1968
Cleveland, OH

This letter, coupled with a donation, was sent from Baldwin-Wallace College to the S.C.L.C following Dr. King's assassination. The writer discusses the initiation of student activism that was taking place at the college in response to Dr. King's tragic death.

Letter from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom to MLK

Monday, November 2, 1964
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Oslo, Norway

Dr. Milnor Alexander congratulates Dr. King on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and extends an invitation to for him to speak at the Legislative Seminar during the 50th anniversary celebration of WILPF.

Letter from MLK to Vice President Richard Nixon

Wednesday, January 11, 1956
Washington, D.C., AUSTRIA, Mississippi (MS)

Dr. King and fellow clergymen commend Vice President Nixon on his work bringing attention to the suffering Hungarian refugees in Austria. They urge him to take a similar trip to the South and meet with the thousands of victims of racial oppression.

Letter from Jerome S. Ozer to MLK

Thursday, May 18, 1967
New York, NY

Mr. Ozer informs Dr. King that his organization will be publishing "Eyewitness: The Negro in American History" by William Loren Katz, which covers the Negro in every aspect of American life. He then requests that Dr. King write an introduction for the book.

Letter from Bryan Fulks to MLK

Tuesday, March 20, 1962
Arizona (AZ), London, England

Bryan Fulks writes Dr. King expressing appreciation for his diligent work during the fight for social justice and human dignity. Fulks also mentions how elated he was when the editor of the "London Humanist" chose to enrich his article including a pictorial illustration of Dr. King riding through the southern region of the United States.

Letter from MLK to W. D. Mason

Tuesday, January 16, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King declines an invitation to speak in support of the Mercer County Branch of the NAACP in Farrell, Pennsylvania. He expresses his appreciation for the invitation but explains that he has accepted his maximum number of speaking engagements for the spring.

Letter from MLK to Mr. Roebuck

In this handwritten draft letter, Dr. King informs Mr. Roebuck that he has misplaced Mr. Roebuck's check intended for the "Freedom Movement," and thanks him for his support while requesting a replacement check.

Letter from Ira Edmond Gillet to MLK

Friday, October 25, 1963
Oregon (OR), VIETNAM, GERMANY, NORTH KOREA, SOUTH KOREA, CUBA, SOUTH AFRICA

Mr. Gillet, a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and former missionary in South Africa, sends Dr. King his thoughts on a recent petition circulated by the American Committee on Africa. He explains that the actions called for in the petition would "do more harm than good." Gillet encloses a copy of the petition, highlighted with his own comments, which implores President Kennedy to impose sanctions on South Africa.

Letter from Joseph P. Robinson to MLK

Friday, July 28, 1967
Cleveland, OH

Reverend Joseph P. Robinson invites Dr. King to contribute to Robinson's book of sermons titled, "Pulpit Evangelism."

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 Rev. O. Tregelles Williams to MLK

Friday, February 10, 1967
UNITED KINGDOM

Rev. Williams invites Dr. King to appear on a weekly BBC religious television program entitled "Meeting Point" during his visit to Wales in Great Britain.

Letter from Nathaniel H. Simpson to MLK

Monday, December 12, 1966
Chicago, IL

The West Side Chamber of Commerce, Inc. sends Dr. King a membership certificate honoring him for his efforts in the Civil Rights Movement.

Letter from Edward Kennedy to MLK

Thursday, August 18, 1966
Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C.

Edward Kennedy thanks Dr. and Mrs. King for their hospitality during the Annual Convention of the SCLC.

Letter from Benjamin Conklin to Rev. Abernathy

Saturday, April 27, 1968
New Jersey (NJ), Atlanta, GA

Mr. Conklin writes this letter urging Rev. Abernathy to rethink the decision to proceed with the Peoples March on Washington. He is concerned that with the recent assassination of Dr. King this action will only alienate Congress and the American public. Hence the march could cause more bloodshed.

Letter from Congressman Donald M. Fraser to MLK

Minnesota (MN), Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, Massachusetts (MA), Denver, CO, Colorado (CO)

Minnesota Democratic Congressman Donald Fraser asks Dr. King to serve on the advisory board of the National Committee on Tithing in Investment (NCTI). Fraser reports recent successes in the area of open occupancy housing, such as a project in Boston that rehabilitates homes for low-income families, and a project in Denver that raises seed capital for "integrated cooperatives and other housing ventures."

Letter from MLK to George Carlson

Tuesday, October 2, 1962
Oregon (OR), Washington (WA)

Dr. King responds to George Carlson's letter of recent date informing him that he cannot accept the invitation to speak at the Temple. Dr. King states that he would love to speak in Portland, but his schedule does not permit any more engagements.

Letter from Stephen Johnston to MLK

Monday, March 18, 1968
Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Stephen Johnston, of the Communications Department at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C, forwards Dr. King a copy of the press release promoting his upcoming appearance. It was on this date that Dr. King delivered his second to last speech, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution."

Letter from MLK to Mrs. Louis Andrews Sims

Tuesday, November 6, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA), Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King informs Mrs. Louis Andrews Sims that due to his multiple responsibilities within the SCLC and his various pastoral duties, he will not be able to accept speaking engagements at this time. He assures her that if his schedule clears up, he will be happy to accept her "gracious invitation."

Letter from Rev. Pavel Titera to MLK

Saturday, December 11, 1965
CZECH REPUBLIC, Atlanta, GA

Pavel Titera responds to a letter from Dr. King, in which he expressed his hope for a coming to visit. Titera sends well wishes for Dr. King and his family, and encloses a photograph of his family "as a token of the brotherly love."

Letter from C. B. Olmstead to MLK

Tuesday, July 13, 1965
California (CA), Los Angeles, CA

Olmstead writes that he is unable to reconcile Dr. King's support of civil disobedience with his plans for peaceful demonstrations. He contends the purpose of King's sustained agitation is to provoke violence. He feels the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should become the mechanism for opposing discrimination, not further boycotts and sit-ins.

Letter from MLK to Ruby Brown

Monday, April 4, 1966
Detroit, MI, Birmingham, AL

Dr. King writes Ruby Brown of Detroit, Michigan to thank her for her letter regarding the civil rights struggle.

Letter from Eugene Exman to MLK

Thursday, March 22, 1962
New York (NY), New York, NY, Massachusetts (MA), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

Eugene Exman expresses his delight that Dr. King will be completing the manuscript for a book of sermons. Exman also asks Dr. King to meet with him in August, if Dr. King plans to travel to Martha's Vineyard. The book of sermons mentioned in this letter eventually would be entitled "Strength to Love."

Letter from Gary L. Garber to MLK from Grace College

Monday, March 25, 1968
Indiana (IN), Atlanta, GA

Gary L. Gerber writes Dr. King concerning Grace College's participation in Choice '68, which is a National Presidential Primary sponsored by Time Magazine.

Letter from Lisl Cade to Dora McDonald Regarding Various Interview Requests for Dr. King

In this letter, Lisl Cade of Harper & Row Publishers requests for Dr. King to interview with a Washington, D.C. television program and a San Francisco radio program.

Letter from Eileen Coyne to Mrs. King

Friday, April 5, 1968

Second grader Eileen Coyne sends condolences to the King family. She and her classmates were instructed to write letters to Mrs. King to express their feelings following Dr. King's assassination. This document is a part of a collection of sixteen letters from this Bronx, New York classroom.

Letter from Marian R. Johnson to MLK

Thursday, February 22, 1968
Missouri (MO), Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Johnson expresses her concern regarding the potential threats to undermine Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C.

Letter from L. Serron to MLK

Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL

L. Serron writes to Dr. King requesting materials on the Selma Demonstration and the March on Montgomery for class usage.