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From Melvin H. Watson

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Author: Watson, Melvin H. (Morehouse College)

Date: May 6, 1955

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


Reverend M. L. King, Jr., Pastor
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Dexter Avenue at Decatur Street
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Doctor (elect):

Things happen in peculiar ways sometime. I had already composed a letter to you when yours arrived this morning. It was just a word to express Agnes’ and my deep satisfaction in the knowledge that you have now jumped over the last hurdle necessary to the achievement of the doctoral goal. We are both very happy that this milestone in your career has been reached at what is indeed a young age. That you and Coretta need to rest is easy to understand.

Against my better judgment the check which you were kind enough to enclose in your letter has been given to my wife. Experience has taught me that when I spend her money, it is generally more wisely spent. She will probably send you a note on her own later.

I wrote Dean Frank T. Wilson of the School of Religion, Howard University, and requested that your name be included on the Institute mailing list and he returned a favorable reply.

With every good wish to you and Miss Coretta, I am

Sincerely yours,
Melvin Watson

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

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