Crozer dean Charles Batten responds to King’s marriage announcement. King, Jr., and Coretta Scott were married on 18 June 1953 at the Scott family home outside Marion, Alabama. Martin Luther King, Sr., performed the ceremony.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
501 Auburn Avenue
We were very happy to receive the announcement of your marriage. The faculty and your friends at Crozer join me in sending to you our very best wishes. We sincerely hope that you will have a very happy life.
If you had made it four days later it would have been the wedding anniversary of Mrs. Batten and myself. I suppose the best wish I can make for you is that you and Coretta will be as happy as we have been in our married life. Do come see us when you can.
With all good wishes to both of you, I am
Charles E. Batten, Dean
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