After hearing about his son’s well-received sermon at Friendship Baptist Church, King, Sr., warns: “Persons like yourself are the ones the devil turns all of his forces aloose to destroy.” T. M. Alexander was a trustee of Friendship Baptist Church. King, Sr., also refers to May Harper, the mother of Emmett Proctor and the daughter of C. L. Harper, who was the first principal of Booker T. Washington High School. The Harpers were neighbors of the Kings on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.
Rev. M. L. King, Jr.
309 South Jackson
My dear M. L.:
I received your letter today, contents noted with care. Glad to know you and Coretta are doing fine. This leaves us all well.
Sister Luella Allen lost her husband yesterday. I am sure you remember her, she is the little Sister that usually sits on the left side of the church, shouts up against the wall. With the exception of that every thing seems to be moving on very well around the church.
Alexander called me yesterday just to tell me about how you swept them at Friendship Sunday. Every way I turned people are congradulating me for you. You see young man you are becoming very popular. As I told you you must be much in prayer. Persons like yourself are the ones the devil turns all of his forces aloose to destroy.
I will get the clergys to you as soon as they are released. I am enclosing your bank book as you will see it is marked up to date. Notice a $20.00 withdrawal which was not on the book. I am also enclosing May Harper’s address.
Love to Coretta from us all.
[signed] M. L. King, Sr.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.