President William R. Strassner
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dear President Strassner:
Thank you for your letter. I am emphatically of the opinion that King is eminently qualified to serve as Dean of your School of Religion.
I would hope that it would be possible for him to accept the appointment and continue work on his dissertation while in residence with you. I am sure he is capable of doing that provided the regulations of the institution in which he takes his degree would permit. In fact, I think Mr. King has great ability and that he would do more for you while finishing the dissertation than the average man would do without any other duties besides.
I am sorry I could not reach you while I was in Raleigh recently.
Sankey L. Blanton
cc: Rev. Martin Luther King
MLKP, MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.