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From Melvin H. Watson

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Author: Watson, Melvin H. (Morehouse College)

Date: November 29, 1954

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Genre: Letter

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


Watson forwards publicity information for his upcoming Dexter visit and comments on King’s Men’s Day sermon at Samuel W. Williams’s Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta.1

Reverend M. L. King, Jr., Pastor 
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church 
454 Dexter Avenue 
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear M. L.:

Thank you for your recent letter. Under separate cover I am sending a cut. My wife says it makes me look like a thug, but for ordinary newspaper publicity it passes very well, I think.

Enclosed is a brief biographical statement.

I will need to indicate later my means of transportation.

If you have any information about the history of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, I would be pleased to have it.

You did a very commendable service at Friendship Baptist Church yesterday. Your message was sound and impressively delivered. I heard many favorable comments about your performance, and all of them made me happy.

I am off this morning for Columbus, Georgia, to be with Brother T. W. Smith and the Minister’s Institute for this week.

Best wishes.

Sincerely yours,
Melvin Watson

1. King had requested the materials for “publicity purposes.” See King to Melvin H. Watson, 24 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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