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To Melvin H. Watson

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

Date: November 2, 1954

Location: Montgomery, Ala.?

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Writing two days after his installation as pastor, King thanks Watson for his comments on the “Recommendations” and invites him to preach Dexter’s Seventy-eighth Anniversary sermon on 12 December. Watson accepted.1

Dr. Melvin Watson, Dean
School of Religion
Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Dr. Watson:

Our Church Anniversary will be observed at the 11 o’clock service the 2nd Sunday in December, 1954. 1 would like to invite you to serve as our guest preacher for that occasion. I am sorry that this invitation comes rather late, but there has been some question in my mind as to whether or not we would celebrate our anniversary this year. However, I have decided to go ahead with it.

Please let me hear from you as soon as possible concerning this matter so that we can proceed with our arrangements.

I received your most cordial letter concerning my recommendations. I assure you that all of your observations were well taken. The program has gotten off to a good start. The difficult task will come about in implementing the ideas that are now on paper.

I hope everything goes well with you. Give my best regards to the madam and the children. Coretta sends her regards.

With every good wish. I remain

Sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.


1. See Watson to King, 12 November 1954, MLKP-MBU.

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

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