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From Clyde L. Reynolds

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Author: Reynolds, Clyde L. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

Date: October 9, 1954

Genre: Letter

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


In one of the few surviving letters from a member of Dexter during King’s early years as pastor, Reynolds thanks King for the eulogy of his mother.

Dear Reverend King,

You could not have delivered a better eulogy for my mother if you had been her pastor for 50 years. Thank you very much for a brilliant and comforting message, and a beautiful Christian funeral service. Both will remain with me vividly as a fitting and sacred memorial.

May you continue to bring to “Dexter Avenue” dynamic and intelligent leadership. God bless you!

[signed] Clyde L. Reynolds

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

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