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From Kelly Miller Smith

Smith, Kelly Miller (First Baptist Church)
February 25, 1956
Nashville, Tenn.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Smith, pastor of Nashville’s First Baptist Church, praises King’s leadership and encloses a biographical sketch for his appearance as Youth Day speaker at Dexter on 11 March.

Dr. M. L. King
454 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear “Mike,”

Although I can’t for the life of me see how you will have time to do anything with it, here is the “immodest” sketch you requested.

Your contribution to our fare in America is rare. Not as an NAACP executive but as a Gospel minister you are doing these things. The mantle of the prophets rests well upon your shoulders.

We are trying to have an affair at our NAACP Branch meeting Tuesday night to help out the cause there in Montgomery. You will be hearing from us soon.

We bid you God’s speed.

Yours sincerely,
Kelly Miller Smith



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