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To Benjamin Elijah Mays

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

Date: October 1, 1954 to October 31, 1954?

Location: Montgomery, Ala.?

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


In a letter of 4 November, Mays accepted King’s invitation to preach the Men’s Day sermon on 10 July 1955.1

Dr. B. E. Mays, President
Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Dr. Mays:

I am in the process of setting up my program for the coming church year. The second Sunday in July has been set aside as the date for the annual Men’s Day. I am seeking each year to bring some of the great preachers of our nation to Dexter Avenue Baptist Church for this occasion. I would like to extend to you an invitation to preach the Men’s Day sermon on the 2nd Sunday in July (10th), 1955.

I am seeking to make this a big event for our church and the community at large. I sincerely hope that you can accept the invitation. Your presence as well as your message would mean so much to our church and to our community. Please let me hear from you as soon as possible concerning this matter so that I can proceed with setting up my church calendar.

Our work here is going very well. We are getting superb cooperation from the membership at large.

I hope everything goes well with you and I hope you continual success in the superb job you are doing at Morehouse.

With every good wish, I remain

Sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.


1. See Benjamin Elijah Mays to King, 4 November 1954, MLKP-MBU.

Source: MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass. 

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