King thanks Sankey L. Blanton, who in 1950 replaced E. E. Aubrey as president of Crozer Theological Seminary, for sending him the first fellowship check helping him to study at Boston University. The J. Lewis Crozer Fellowship required him to remain enrolled in graduate school and “show proficiency” in advanced study.
Dr. Sankey L. Blanton
Crozer Theological Seminary
Dear Dr. Blanton:
Your letter of October 3 was received along with the check for $300 which constitutes one half of the fellowship grant for 1951–52. I can hardly express in words my appreciation to you and Crozer Seminary for this generous grant. Certainly it will be of tremendous aid to me in facing financial difficulties. And I assure you that it will be used very wisely.
So far I am enjoying my work here at Boston University to the highest. Although the student is very large, I find an intimacy between faculty and students which is quite reminicent of Crozer. All of my professors have a very high respect for Crozer and the quality of men it produces. Naturally this attitude has made me feel good. I feel that my background from Crozer will be of a great help to me in my work here.
I am very happy to know that you are having an unusually fine year at Crozer with such an excellent student body. I plan to be in that vicinity in the near future and I wll be sure to stop in to see you.
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.