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From Daniel W. Wynn

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Author: Wynn, Daniel Webster (Tuskegee Institute)

Date: June 7, 1955

Location: Tuskegee, Ala.

Genre: Letter

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


Wynn, a fellow graduate of Boston University and chaplain of Tuskegee Institute, asks King to preach there on 31 July 1955.1 King’s sermon topic was “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life.”

Dr. W. L. King, Pastor
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Dr. King,

Kindly advise if you can deliver the sermon in the Tuskegee Institute Chapel on Sunday morning, July 31, 1955 at eleven o’clock. The service lasts one hour. About twenty-five minutes are alloted to the speaker.

Our summer chapel attendance consists primarily of in-service teachers as well as our regular students, staff members, and friends.

We can offer you an honorarium of $35.00 for this service.

Sincerely yours,
Daniel W. Wynn


1. Daniel Webster Wynn (1919–) graduated from Langston University in Oklahoma in 1941 and received the B.D. and M.A. from Howard University in 1944 and 1945, respectively. He received the Ph.D. from Boston University in 1954, a year before King. He was dean of religion at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, from 1947 until 1953, when he became acting chaplain of Tuskegee Institute for a year. He was then dean of students at Langston University for a year before returning to Tuskegee as chaplain in 1955. After ten years of service at Tuskegee he became associate director, division of higher education, for the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, where he remained until 1976. His publications include The NAACP Versus Negro Revolutionary Protest: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Each Movement, based on his doctoral dissertation (1955); Moral Behavior and the Christian Ideal (1961); Timeless Issues (1967); and The Black Protest Movement (1974).

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

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