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To J. Timothy Boddie

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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


At Boddie’s request, King preached at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore on 15 November.

The Reverend J. T. Boddie
821 West Lanvale
Baltimore, Md.

Dear Reverend Boddie:

Words cannot express my appreciation to you and your family in particular and your church in general for the kind hospitality shown me in my recent visit to your church. The experience was indeed rich and one that I will remember for years to come.

I was happy to observe first hand the inimmitable work that you and your lovely wife are doing at Shiloh. I am sure the church will continue to grow even to higher heights under you dynamic leadership.

Please express my personal regards to Mrs. Boddie and your sons. Since leaving Baltimore, I have spoken of Mrs. Boddie several times to my parents and my wife. From every point of view she is the ideal minister’s wife. With such a charming, intelligent and devoted helpmate, it is understanding why you have been so successful.

Mother, Dad and my wife send their highest regards to you and your family.

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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