Watson thanks King for the opportunity to preach the anniversary sermon at Dexter on 12 December.
Reverend M. L. King, Jr., Pastor
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Dexter Avenue at Decatur Street
My visit over the week-end in Montgomery convinced me (although further convincing was not needed) that Brother Milner’s title is altogether appropriate. This note is merely to put into the record what has already been said to you in words. The visit to your home and the Church was a deeply gratifying experience. I enjoyed being in the home with you and Miss Coretta, and I was thrilled by the church experience. It meant so much to me to see you in the Church functioning and to see the grand response the congregation is giving you. You are definitely off to a promising start, and I believe the Lord is with you. You have my prayers and best wishes for continued growth in spiritual stature and in the capacity to serve the people.
[signed] Melvin Watson
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.,