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To T. Y. Rogers

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

Date: August 31, 1957

Location: Montgomery, Ala.?

Genre: Letter

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



King sends greetings to his former assistant at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.1

Rev. T. Y Rogers 
Crozer Theological Seminary
Chester, Pa.

Dear T. Y.:

This is just a note to say hello to you and LaPelzia.2 I have kept up with your work for the summer with a deal of interest. The report which you recently issued on your activities for the summer is a very fine piece of work. I can see that you well represented Montgomery in the non-violent approach. 

I guess you are now about ready for school. I am sure you will be doing a most acceptable job at Crozer. If there is any point which I can be of help to you please feel free to call on me. 

We certainly miss you around Dexter. It was a real pleasure having you work with me for several months. I hope this contact in some way enriched your experience.

I will probably be within the vicinity of Chester sometime in the near future. When I am up that way I will be sure to stop in to see you. Please give my best regards to all of my friends around Crozer, and give special greetings to Harold and LaPelzia for me.3 You have my prayers and best wishes for a most profitable year.

Very sincerely yours,
M. L. King, Jr.,


P.S. I will get your ordination certificate to you in the very near future. 4

1. Theopholius Yelverton Rogers, Jr. (1935-1970), born in Sumter County, Alabama, received a B.S. (1955) from Alabama State College and a B.D. (1960) from Crozer Theological Seminary. In 1956 Rogers became assistant to the pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Rogers returned to preach at Dexter during his summer and winter breaks from seminary. 

2. King refers to Rogers's wife, LaPelzia Rankins-Rogers.

3. King refers to Harold A. Carter, a graduate of Alabama State College who was attending Crozer Theological Seminary. In March 1958 King provided recommendations for both Carter and Rogers when they applied for summer work with the New York State Council of Churches’ migrant ministry program: “They possess keen and analytical minds, and each is gifted with a warm personality which makes it possible for them to work with people very easily” (King to Lenore Pennington, 17 March 1958).

4. Rogers was ordained at Dexter on 14 May 1957. 

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

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