Key, chair of the deacon board of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga and principal of Orchard Knob School, confirms King’s preaching engagement.
Rev. M. L. King Jr.
193 Bauboard N.E.
Dear Rev. King:
We are extremely glad you could accept the invitation to preach for us January 17, 1954.
Your recommendation and every thing we have heard about you have been of the highest caliber. We want you to feel free and be assured that the membership shall appreciate you.
Unfortunately, I shall be out of town on Saturday, January 16, but will return for the services Sunday and a conference with you. However, other officers will be here to greet you.
Should you drive, go directly to 1700 Oak Street, to the home of Mrs. T. A. Key or phone 4-1795, should you have any difficulty in finding it. Or better yet, go to the James A. Henry Branch Y.M.C.A. on East 9th Street and you will be properly directed.
Should you come by train, get a taxi to Mrs. Key’s home. We hope you can arrange to stay over through at least Monday night.
G. A. Key,
Chairman of Deacon Board
First Baptist Church
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.