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"Martin L. King," by Charles E. Batten

Batten, Charles E. (Crozer Theological Seminary)
January 1, 1951 to December 31, 1951
Atlanta, Ga.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


Charles E. Batten, dean of Crozer, wrote this sketch of King that appeared in the pamphlet The Achievements of Morehouse Men in the Great Universities. Benjamin E. Mays, president of Morehouse College, had written to universities attended by Morehouse alumni to gather material for the publication.

King is one of our most outstanding students, from my point of view. Academically he is doing superior work. We have just had a period of comprehensive examinations and only one man was granted honors in them; it was King. In the life of the school he is playing an important part and is president of our student body this year. In an organization such as we have at Crozer, the president of the student body is a position that carries much responsibility. He is held universally in high regard by faculty, staff, and students and is undoubtedly one of the best men in our entire student body. He reflects fine preparation, an excellent mind, and a thorough grasp of material. King seems to know where he wants to go and how to get there. Furthermore, he is making remarkable progress in arriving.


The Achievements of Morehouse Men in the Great Universities (Atlanta: Morehouse College; n.d.); 5; copy in CKFC, INP, Christine King Farris Collection, In Private Hands