Batten, dean of Crozer, asks King to write a recommendation for applicant Worth Littlejohn Barbour, the son of J. Pius Barbour. Worth Barbour was accepted by Crozer and graduated in 1954.
Martin Luther King
Crozer Theological Seminary
Your name has been given as a personal reference by Worth L. Barbour, Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C., who has applied for admission to Crozer Theological Seminary to prepare for the ministry.
Realizing the importance of the contemplated step both for the candidate and for the seminary, we would highly appreciate a frank and confidential letter from you conveying your knowledge of the candidate’s native ability and particular aptitudes as well as his spiritual qualifications for the pastorate or other form of Christian services. Please include comment on character, personality, academic ability, and any other observations that you would care to add indicating why you believe he would be useful in this calling.
Your letter may be of value to us not only in deciding the question of Worth L. Barbour’s admission to the seminary, but also in guiding him during his period of study with us.
Thank you for your help. We are looking forward to a reply at your first opportunity.
[signed as below]
Charles E. Batten, Dean
MLKP, MBU; Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.