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To L. Harold DeWolf

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Boston University)

Date: May 15, 1954

Location: Boston, Mass.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


The Theology Club mentioned in this letter was also known as the Dialectical Society, a group of black graduate students who met to discuss philosophical and political issues. In this letter to DeWolf, King thanks him for lecturing on “How the Kingdom Will Come.” According to another member’s notes on the lecture, DeWolf presented two views of how Jesus expected the Kingdom to come: the apocalyptic view and the view that the Kingdom is already present. According to the report, DeWolf attempted to reconcile these two views, arguing that a solution “may lie in a synthesis of both views.”1

Dr. L. Harold DeWolf
Boston University School of Theology
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Dr. DeWolf:

Just a note to express again my appreciation to you for the interesting lecture that you gave to our Theology Club on last Monday evening. It was stimulating indeed, and I assure you that we all went away with a clearer insight into the meaning of the Kingdom and how it will come.

Cordially yours,
Martin L. King, Jr.

1. Percy A. Carter, Jr., Notes, meeting of the Dialectical Society, 10 May 1954, PACC.

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

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