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To J. L. Henry

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. 

Date: November 24, 1953

Location: Boston, Mass.

Genre: Letter

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


Earlier in November, King spoke at the Reverend J. L. Henry’s Tenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Henry was pastor of Tenth Street from 1949 until his death in 1969.

The Reverend J. L. Henry
745 Princeton Place N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Dear Reverend Henry:

My I express to you my highest appreciation for the kind hospitality shown me while visiting your church. The fellowship was rich indeed, and I hope it will continue to grow.

I would like to commend you for the fine work that you are doing at your church. I am sure that with your dynamic leadership ability your church will continue to grow and rise to even higher heights.

You have my deepest prayers and warmest personal regards. I remain

Sincerely yours,
M. L. King,, Jr.

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

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