After meeting with the members of Dexter’s pulpit committee on 4 April King conditionally accepts the call to the pastorate, at a salary that will make him one of the highest-paid black ministers in Montgomery.
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
R. D. Nesbitt, Clerk
Dear Officers and Members:
After giving your call the most serious and prayerful consideration, I am very happy to say that I accept it. However, I find it necessary to predicate my acceptance upon the following considerations:
Other matters will be discussed on my next visit with you. Please let me hear from you as soon as possible concerning your reaction to the above considerations.
Again I want to express my deep gratitude and sincere appreciation to you for extending me this great honor. It is my only hope that I will prove worthy of the tremendous responsibility and profound challenge inherent in such an honor.
You have my continual prayers and best wishes in all of your endeavors.
Martin L. King, Jr.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.