Dean of the Graduate School Chester M. Alter granted King’s petition to continue with course work although he had not yet taken the examination in German.
I am desirous of taking twelve hours toward the Ph D degree this semester in the Boston University Graduate School. My major field is Systematic Theology. At present I have completed twenty eight hours toward the degree, and passed the French examination. I plan to take the German examination in October, 1952. I would have taken the examination before now, but I wanted to make sure that I had an adequate background in German before taking it. For the past two years I have been a close student of German. In the light of this I am fairly certain that I can pass the examination in October.
[signed] Martin L. King Jr.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.