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To Joel Lawrence King

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. 

Date: December 9, 1953

Location: Boston, Mass.

Genre: Letter

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


Dear Uncle Joel,

I just received your letter and as usual was very happy to hear from you and Aunt Ven.

Coretta and I are getting along very well. At present I am in the process of finishing last minute examinations and preparing to go home for the Christmas holidays. We will be leaving Boston around the 21st of December.

Unfortunately I will not be able to speak for you on the 1st Sunday in January because of a previous engagement. I have been invited to speak at the First Baptist Church in Chattanooga on that Sunday, which is without a pastor.1 I regret very much that I cannot be with you on that Sunday for I know that it would be a rich experience to be with you and your people on the 1st Sunday in the year. I might say, however, that I plan to be in Michigan the last week of February and the first week of March. So I would be available to preach for you either the 4th Sunday in February or the 1st Sunday in March. Please let me know as soon as possible if either of these dates is suitable to you so that I can arrange my schedule accordingly. I plan to preach in Detroit one of those Sundays.

All of the folks at home are doing fine. Mother and Dad spent a week with us during Thanksgiving and we were more than glad to have them. A. D. and Naomi are quite well and as you probably already know, are expecting another baby.

Coretta sends her highest regards. Be sure to give our love and best wishes to Aunt Ven.

Your Nephew,
M. L. Jr.

P. S. Be sure to let me know at your earliest convenience if either of the dates mentioned above is abailable so that I can arrange my schedule.

1. King delivered a trial sermon at First Baptist Church on the third Sunday in January, the 17th. See G. A. Key to King, 12 January 1954, p. 234 in this volume.

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

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