Jones stayed with the King family in Montgomery during the second week of June and returned to Boston to write his dissertation. Jones mentions other members of the black graduate student community in Boston, including Wayman “Mac” McLaughlin and Philip Lenud, King’s former roommate.
May I take this time to say how nice it was to have had a week end in your home and church. It was sure nice to be there with you people for a few days, and more than that to see that you are doing so very well there at Dexter. It was a real inspiration to me to see your great success. I also think that you have a great opportunity there and that you are making a great contribution to Alabama.
I checked with the man about the dissertation, he said that he had sent it to you. But if you have not recieved it I will go back by there and see what has come of it. But he would not have me say that he had not sent it. I did not press the issue because I thought that you may have recieved it by now. Please let me know if you have not.
Well, at the time I was there I had to not say what my plans were about marriage this summer. But now that I am sure you people are on my list of letter writing. Mattie and I are to be married some time the last of the summer. We will let you know more of our plans later. I was not so sure when I was there. But since I am back here and things went well with me in other respects we have made plans.
The work here is going on, I hope, to be completed with this reading and the like and have that copy fairly put together by the last of August. Other than that I do not know what I will be doing this fall as I have not had any word for sure about a job.
Mac was by today and he said that he got by his exams ok and has nothing to do now but his writing. He is happy about that thing too. He really would have liked to had his degree with you. It rather hurt him that he did not get it with you. But things look bright for him now. We are trying to make it next June.
I suppose you will see Phil there in A.C. and he will bring you up on much of the news. He was by today and told me he was to be there this or next week.
Take care of things now and I will see you before the summer is over. I hope that things will go well with you and that all will be good for the little one to come.
Very truly yours,
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.