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To Charles E. Batten

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Date: October 30, 1950

Location: Chester, Pa.?

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


Dean Charles E. Batten
Crozer Theological Seminary
Chester, Pennsylvania

I have known Worth L. Barbour for a number of years, but for the last three years our relationship has been much more intimate than in previous years. In my dealings with him I have been greatly impressed with his sincerity of purpose, his conscientiousness, and his enthusiasm for the Christian ministry. I feel that he knows what he wants to do and he is settled enough to attempt to do it. He has a very [mark illegible] approach to life, and one which I think beneficial to any young man entering the ministry.

I am not in a position to give quite an objective statement of Littlejohn’s academic because of my limited contact with him in that area, however I might say that in ordinary conversational dealings I have found him to be mentally alert and quite open-minded. He confronts issues on quite a mature leval. While I have not received the impression that Littlejohn is of superior intelligence, I feel that he can do the work at Crozer on the leval of an average student.

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

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