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To Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Bonner

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

Date: November 16, 1955

Location: Montgomery, Ala.?

Genre: Letter

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


King stayed with the Bonners during a week-long Baptist Training Union institute in Chattanooga.

Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Bonner
1400 Kirkland Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dear Rev. and Mrs. Bonner:

There is a word in Catholic theology called “supererogation.” This word means in substance, “more than justice requires.” I assure you that the kindness that you showed toward me was a work of supererogation. I will long remember the hospitality and the fellowship.

Please extend my gratitude to the very fine members of your church, and give my best regards to the children. I will be looking forward to this rich fellowship again next year.

With every good wish, I am

Sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.,


P.S. The baby has not arrived yet. We are still waiting and hoping. Maybe after that I will be able to come back down to earth.

Source: DABCC-INP, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Collection, In Private Hands.

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