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Telegram from George W. Collins to MLK

Wednesday, January 26, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

Alderman George Collins welcomes Dr. King to Chicago and also issues an invitation for Dr. King to visit his office at any time.

Telegram to Reverend Frank Mitchell from MLK

Friday, March 9, 1962
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. King express his condolence for the passing of Reverend Frank Mitchell's mother. Dr. King asserts the strength of the Christian faith that will allow Reverend Mitchell to gain consolation.

Telegram from President Kennedy to MLK

Washington, D.C., Birmingham, AL

President John F. Kennedy applauds the work of Dr. King and the SCLC on the occasion of the organization’s Sixth Annual Convention.

Telegram from Lavinia Underwood to MLK

Friday, April 16, 1965
Boston, MA

Lavinia Underwood writes Dr. King to discourage the possibility of a march that could strain relationships with white people.

Telegram from Melvin Arnold to MLK

Monday, November 26, 1962
New York (NY), New York, NY

Melvin Arnold asks Dr. King to approve either "The Strength to Love" or "The Cost of Love" as the title of Dr. King's book.

Telegram from Carole Hoover to MLK

Thursday, November 2, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL)

Carole Hoover offers encouragement to Dr.King while he is incarcerated in Birmingham.

Telegram from L. M. McCoy to MLK

Friday, May 12, 1967
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, BRAZIL, New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

L. M. McCoy telegrams Dr. King expressing the urgency that the Methodist Church of Brazil receive a reply to their invitation for him to speak at their Centennial celebration in Brazil.

Telegram to Dr. Benjamin Spock from MLK

Monday, May 29, 1967
Cleveland, OH, SWITZERLAND

In May 1967 Dr. King sends a telegram to Dr. Spock (an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time) while he is in Geneva to praise him on taking a stance on controversial issues.

Telegram from Irving Block to MLK

Sunday, January 28, 1968
New York (NY), New York, NY, Atlanta, GA

Rabbi Irving J. Block of the Brotherhood Synagogue in New York requests to meet with Dr. King regarding the Negro Jewish community.

Telegram from James S. Symington to MLK

California (CA), Texas (TX), Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA

James S. Symington of the U.S. Department of State invites Dr. King to meet with Prime Minister Forbes Burham of Guyana. Symington provides Dr. King with the Prime Minister's itinerary for California and Texas.

Telegram from Harold Stassen to MLK

Thursday, October 15, 1964
Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Pennsylvania (PA)

Harold Stassen, President of the American Baptist Convention and former Minnesota Governor, congratulates Dr. King on being the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He states that Dr. King is the most deserving because he tackles the race crisis through non-violent means.

Telegram Invitation from President Johnson to MLK

Wednesday, June 22, 1966
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Alexander sends this informal invitation to Dr. King requesting that he visits with the President of the United States.

Telegram from CEP & SCLC to Essie Bizzell

Tuesday, August 17, 1965
Selma, AL, Georgia (GA)

Staff from the CEP and SCLC inform Essie Bizzell that a chartered bus will be leaving from the SCLC office for McIntosh, Georgia and they are taking care of all the expenses.

Telegram from Rev. Enoch Jones to MLK

Saturday, November 28, 1964
Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA

Reverend Enoch Jones informs Dr. King that the Baptist Minsters Conference of Nashville, Tennessee have selected Dr. King for their Emancipation Proclamation speaker. Reverend Jones provides information about the event in hopes that Dr. King will accept.

Telegram to MLK from W.E. Gardner

Thursday, August 16, 1962

Rev. Gardner organizes a board meeting to plan for a Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention.

Telegram from Dr. and Mrs. King to Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan Jackson

Selma, AL

Dr. and Mrs. King offer their condolences to Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan in the passing of Mrs. Portlock. The King's highlight Mrs. Portlock's positive attributes and her great inspirational influence.

Telegram from Dick Rettig to MLK

Thursday, October 20, 1960
Philadelphia, PA

Dick Rettig, President of the United States National Student Association, writes Dr. King to express the organization's solidarity with the sit-in movment.

Telegram from Dr. and Mrs. King to Rev. Ralph Abernathy

Sunday, March 11, 1962
Atlanta, GA

Dr. and Mrs. King congratulate Reverend Ralph Abernathy on his birthday.

Telegram from Anne Farnsworth and Marty Peretz to MLK

Friday, April 14, 1967
New York, NY, New York (NY)

Anne Farnsworth and Marty Peretz offer their encouragement to Dr. King.

Telegram from Mr. and Mrs. Bartley to MLK

Brooklyn, NY

Dr. King was sent this telegram from a couple who had recently heard him speak, prior to his nearly fatal 1958 stabbing in Harlem.

Telegram from Paul Deitrich to John Lewis

Sunday, March 21, 1965
Washington, D.C., Selma, AL

Paul Deitrich commends John Lewis for his speech in Washington and urges him to contact him whenever he is in Washington again. He also wants to express a much-delayed apology.

Telegram from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. to MLK

Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. requests the presence of Dr. King to serve on a panel discussing Title VII and Equal Employment. The Department of Labor event also included civil rights lumaniaries such as A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, James Farmer and Whitney Young. Roosevelt, fifth child of the late president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, served as the Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from May 26, 1965 to May 11, 1966.

Telegram from Andrew Young to Harvey Cox

Monday, August 2, 1965
Massachusetts (MA), Alabama (AL)

Andrew Young requests a photograph and biographical sketch of Harvey Cox, a well known theologian. The materials will be used for publicity of a convention that Cox will be making an address.

Telegram from MLK to Berry Gordy

Wednesday, April 12, 1967
Detroit, MI

Dr. King congratulates Berry Gordy, Jr. for being awarded the Business Achievement Award from the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity.

Western Union Telegram from Andrew Young to Nils J. Engelesen

NORWAY

In this telegram, Mr. Young informs Rev. Engelesen that Dr. King will accept his invitation to the reception.

Telegram from Women's Auxillary of the Chicago NAACP to MLK

Wednesday, February 23, 1966
Chicago, IL, Illinois (IL)

The Women's Auxiliary of the Chicago Branch of the NAACP informs Dr. King he will be the recipient of their 1966 Humanitarian Award.

Operation Breadbasket Sends Telegram Regarding Employment Discrimination

Friday, November 10, 1967
Atlanta, GA, Georgia (GA)

Representatives of SCLC's Operation Breadbasket address the discriminatory employment practices of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area Civil Defense Council.

Telegram from Governor Edmund Brown to MLK

Tuesday, March 9, 1965
Atlanta, GA, California (CA), Selma, AL

Governor Brown writes to Dr. King protesting the brutal treatment of Negro citizens in Selma, Alabama.

Telegram from Richard J. Daley to MLK

Friday, July 16, 1965
Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI

Mayor Richard J. Daley discusses the issue of human rights in Chicago and the initiation of new programs. The mayor suggests a visit with Dr. King to acquire his intellect on this progressive plan. In addition, Mayor Daley informs Dr. King that he will be attending the National League of Cities Conference.

Telegram from MLK to Cesar Chavez

California (CA)

Dr. King commends Cesar Chavez for his personal sacrifice and commitment to the use of nonviolence as a way to achieve justice.