19 May 1536— “This morning she sent for me, that I might be with her at such time as she received the good Lord, to the intent I should hear her speak as touching her innocency always to be clear. And in the writing of this, she sent for me, and at my coming she said: ‘Mr. Kingston, I hear I shall not die aforenoon, and I am very sorry therefore, for I thought to be dead by this time, and past my pain’. I told her, it should be no pain, it was so sottle. And then she said, ‘I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck’, and then put her hands about it, laughing heartily. I have seen many men and also women executed, and that they have been in great sorrow, and to my knowledge this lady has much joy in death. Sir, her almoner is continually with her, and had been since two o'clock after midnight. This is the effect of anything that is here at this time, and thus fare you well.” [Letter from Sir W. Kingston, Constable of the Tower, to Thomas Cromwell]
Chicago Police open fire on striking steel workers and their families killing 10 and wounding around 100. Anarchist Dorothy Day, who was present at the March and massacre, is quoted “On Memorial Day, May 30, 1937, police opened fire on a parade of striking steel workers and their families at the gate of the Republic Steel Company, in South Chicago. Fifty people were shot, of whom 10 later died; 100 others were beaten with clubs.”
The Works of Mercy are an abiding norm for the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin lived lives of “active love” built on these precepts.
In Christian tradition they are…
The corporal works of mercy: feeding the hungry giving drink to the thirsty clothing the naked offering hospitality to the homeless caring for the sick visiting the imprisoned burying the dead
The spiritual works of mercy: admonishing the sinner instructing the ignorant counseling the doubtful comforting the sorrowful bearing wrongs patiently forgiving all injuries praying for the living and the dead
Archives tell the stories of people’s lives—their fears and passions as well as their worldly accomplishments. You never know what personal gems you might find.
The papers of art critic Harold Rosenberg at the Getty Research Institute include this undated letter from photographer Dorothy Norman with an invitation to a gathering featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. in support of CORE and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King—as well as James Baldwin, Aaron Copland, Ralph Ellison, Allen Ginsberg, and other luminaries—was often to be found in Norman’s New York City townhouse.
The letter refers to the sit-ins of the early 1960s that began when African American students met with violence, resistance, and arrest for ordering coffee at “whites only” lunch counters.
Transcription of the letter
won’t you join me and
Eleanor Roosevelt Lillian Smith Reverend Martin Luther King James Baldwin
to meet with leaders of the Student Sit-Ins
who have been in jail
to create further public support for CORE (Congress on Racial Equity) and Reverend King’s Southern Leadership Conference two groups providing crucial moral leadership in the non-violent struggle in the South today
at my home 124 East 70th Street Friday, February 3rd 5:30–8 P.M.
Because of the importance of the occasion, and space limitations, the favor of an early reply will be greatly appreciated — R.S.V.P. — Regent 7-0722