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To Julian O. Grayson

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church) 

Date: March 2, 1955

Location: Montgomery, Ala.

Genre: Letter

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


With this letter to Grayson, King enclosed the “Recommendations” and a program from his installation ceremony on 31 October 1954.1

Rev. Julian O. Grayson
4041 Clay Place, North East
Washington, D.C.

Dear Grayson,

I have been intending to write you for quite sometime but a busy schedule has prevented it. I have been through Washington several times within the last few months, but it was always passing through without any long stop. However, I plan to be in that section within the next six weeks and I will plan to stop over with you a day or two.

Things are going very well with me in my new church. The cooperation on the part of the membership is excellent. I will have to tell you all about it when I see you. Enclosed you will find some material concerning the church, and this will give you some idea of what we are doing. You will see the financial statement for the first three months of our church year. You will notice also my recommendations and a program of the Installation Ceremony. Look over these things and let me know what you think about them. Give my best regards to Erma and tell her that I will look forward to see you all very soon. Coretta is doing very well and making an excellent minister wife. I am

Sincerely yours,
[signed] King
M. L. King, Jr.


1. Julian O. Grayson (1916–) received his M.Div. from Crozer in 1950, a year ahead of King.

Source: JOG, INP, Julian O. Grayson Papers, In Private Hands.

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