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Letter from Norman Thomas to MLK

Thursday, October 15, 1964
New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Norman Thomas offers his congratulations to Dr. King for being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Thomas also feels the need to thank the Nobel Committee for recognizing Dr. King's leadership in being the one to receive the coveted award.

Letter from Claudia Grams to MLK

Friday, November 15, 1963
Wisconsin (WI)

Claudia Grams, a junior at Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has chosen Dr. King for her junior exposition project and writes him requesting information on his earlier life. She expresses how Dr. King's book, "Stride Toward Freedom," has inspired her and she inquires about how her organization can support his movement.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Robert Goldwin

Wednesday, March 20, 1963
Illinois (IL), Chicago, IL

Dora McDonald informs Dr. Robert A. Goldwin the four essays on "100 Years of Emancipation" have been received and placed on Dr. King's desk for him to read upon his return from out of town.

Letter from Philip Randolph to MLK

Wednesday, August 31, 1966
South Africa

A. Philip Randolph, the Chairman of the Committee of Conscience Against Apartheid, sent this letter to urge Chase Manhattan and First National City Banks users to withdraw their funds to signify their disapproval of their engagement in South Africa.

Letter from Eric Malling to MLK

Tuesday, December 21, 1965
Atlanta, GA

Letter from Bob Edmiston to MLK

Sunday, March 31, 1968
Oklahoma (OK)

Bob Edmiston of Northeastern State College writes Dr. King requesting campaign material for "Choice 68," the national collegiate primary sponsored by Time magazine.

Letter to MLK from Paul Kennedy

Saturday, March 16, 1968
California (CA), Washington, D.C.

Paul Kennedy writes Dr. King to state that since Robert Kennedy announced his bid for the presidency, he believes hat an appreciative, token march on Washington would be more effective than a force march this year.

A Letter to Advisory Council Member from Robert L. Green

Wednesday, September 6, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Georgia (GA), Illinois (IL), Michigan (MI)

In this correspondence, Robert L. Green writes an Advisory Council member concerning the Chicago adult education project. Mr. Green notifies the member that due to a reduced monetary grant from the federal government, the program will officially close.

Letter from Mercedes L. Johnson to Coretta Scott King

Pennsylvania (PA)

Nine year old Mercedes Lynne Johnson writes Mrs. King to offer her condolences and prayers following the assassination of Dr. King.

Letter from Andrew Heiskell to MLK

Tuesday, July 25, 1967
New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Boston, MA, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Heiskell extends an invitation for Dr. King to join Mayors of major cities and other national leaders in forming a coalition to address urban problems.

Letter from Dora McDonald to Mrs. Oliver Kannon

Wednesday, July 11, 1962
Pennsylvania (PA)

Miss McDonald informs Mrs. Kannon that Dr. King will be unable to accept the Easton NAACP's invitation to speak.

Letter to MLK Requesting Aid

Saturday, September 9, 1967
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

In this plea to Dr. King, Mrs. Venis Whitten asks for assistance with obtaining adequate medical care and welfare, which would tremendously improve the livelihood of herself and her two grandchildren.

Letter from Ann Bettiglan to MLK

Monday, August 16, 1965
Georgia (GA)

Ann Bettiglan writes Dr. King informing him that her friend Daniza Thompson is in need of financial help. She gives Dr. King her friend's address and phone number so that he can assist her.

Letter from Keith Black to MLK

Sunday, May 8, 1966
Minnesota (MN)

Keith Black, on behalf of the Valley Community Presbyterian Church, sends Dr. King a check for the SCLC.

Letter to Eugene Exman from MLK

Monday, December 4, 1961
New York, NY

Dr. King responds to a previous correspondence from Mr. Eugene Exman of Harper and Brothers Publishing. The content of the letter references Dr. King's discussion with Mr. Mel Arnold, regarding his sermons being transcribed into a manuscript. The sermons would eventually be compiled into what would be Dr. King's second book, "Strength to Love."

Letter from Gloria Kenny to MLK

Thursday, October 20, 1966
New York (NY)

Mrs. Kenny encloses her monthly contribution of $50 to the SCLC and reports that a recent recruitment letter has resulted in 18 potential new members.

Letter from A. J. de Witte to Roy Wilkins

Sunday, April 23, 1967
New York, NY, Illinois (IL), VIETNAM

A. J. de Witte writes Roy Wilkins condemning him for scolding Dr. King's outspoken dissatisfaction with the war in Vietnam. Witte explains the importance of civil rights leaders engaging in the discussion surrounding the war.

Letter from MLK to Elsa Wischkaemper McIntyre

Tuesday, November 12, 1963
California (CA), Birmingham, AL, New York, NY

Dr. King writes Elsa McIntyre thanking her for her financial contribution to the SCLC. He also informs her of how her contribution will aid in the organization's work to fight discrimination.

Letter from Contributor to MLK

Thursday, July 28, 1966
Massachusetts (MA), Cambridge, MA, Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

The author offers support for the SCLC but is critical of Dr. King's interpretation of the term 'Black Power.' The author also suggests the formation of a third party candidate for the 1968 elections.

Letter from Howard R. Neville to MLK

Tuesday, June 29, 1965
Michigan (MI), Atlanta, GA

Michigan State provost, Howard Neville, tells Dr. King that Dr. Robert Green is available for a one year leave of absence for the Neighborhood Leader Training Program.

Letter from Marie Williams and Rev. Harvey Spivey to MLK

Monday, February 7, 1966
Chicago, IL

Marie Williams and Rev. Harvey write to Dr. King expressing gratitude for the work of SCLC. They further request a donation for their church's building fund.

Letter from Donald Keys to MLK

Tuesday, August 31, 1965
New York, NY, Washington, D.C., VIETNAM

Donald F. Keys writes to Dr. King about Dr. King's invitation to speak at a planned Washington Mobilization on Vietnam. Keys also tells Dr. King that he may have to go to Africa at the time of the meeting, and requests that Mrs. King deliver his address in his absence.

Letter from Clifford L. Alexander to MLK

Monday, January 29, 1968
Washington, D.C., Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA, New York (NY), New York, NY, Alabama (AL), Ohio (OH), Cleveland, OH, UNITED KINGDOM, Indiana (IN), New Jersey (NJ)

Clifford L. Alexander, Chairman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, wrote to Dr. King to encloses some clippings from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News Digest, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post regarding the EEOC's hearings on white collar discrimination in New York.

Letter from Coretta Scott King to Velma B. Hall

Wednesday, October 12, 1960
Atlanta, GA

Mrs. King addressed this correspondence to Velma Hall, in 1960. In this document, Mrs. King extended apologies for the delay in sending her biographical information.

Letter from MLK to Gene Exman

Tuesday, March 19, 1963
New York, NY, Massachusetts (MA)

Dr. King responds to Eugene Exman's invitation to participate in the weekend seminar. Dr. King regrettably informs Exman that he will be unable to attend because he and his wife will be in Europe during that time.

Letter from Myles Horton to Friends of Highlander

Friday, December 8, 1967
Tennessee (TN), Kentucky (KY), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Georgia (GA), Mississippi (MS)

Myles Horton, the co-founder of the Highlander Research and Education Center, explains that he has been working on a program for the Appalachian area. He also mentions that the Center sponsors voter registration, political education programs and a series of workshops to help Negro candidates run for local and state offices.

Letter from John W. Wydler to MLK

Tuesday, January 5, 1965
Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), Atlanta, GA

Congressman Wydler of New York responds to Dr. King's letter on the seating of the Mississippi delegation to Congress. Dr. King's letter, sent to several government officials prior to the vote, urges House Representatives to vote against the seating of the current delegation.

Letter to MLK on Anti-Semitism

Friday, November 4, 1966
South Carolina (SC), Georgia (GA), Atlanta, GA

M.C. Gettinger, Executive Director at the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, writes to express dismay about alleged remarks about Jews made by Hosea Williams at Spelman College.

Invitation for MLK to Speak at Bryn Mawr College

Tuesday, January 4, 1966
Pennsylvania (PA)

The class of 1966 from Bryn Mawr College invite Dr. King to be the baccalaureate speaker for their service on Sunday May 29th. They remind Dr. King that he was scheduled to speak previously but other engagements prevented him from doing so.

Letter from MLK to Leonard Smalls

Wednesday, July 24, 1963
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania (PA)

Dr. King declines an invitation to speak at The Fifty-Ninth Street Baptist Church due to preaching responsibilities at his own church. He also thanks Rev. Smalls for the offer to fundraise for the SCLC.