In a letter of 19 August McCall had invited King to participate in the Fort Valley State College’s Religious Emphasis Week that October. King accepted the invitation, whereupon McCall sent this letter outlining his friend’s responsibilities for the week. King’s sermons at the event included “The Dimensions of a Complete Life” and “Going Forward by Turning Back,” another title for “Rediscovering Lost Values.”1
Dr. M. L. King, Jr., Minister
The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
This letter is a bit late due to our failure to get the necessary meetings underway pertaining thereto. Below is information relative to your expected responsibilities in regard to our Religious Emphasis Week:
All things are going relatively well for us. As you can imagine, we are kept quite busy as Norma is in school. With best wishes and many regards to all, I am
[signed] (Walter) Mac
Walter R. McCall
1. For a complete list of King’s sermons and speeches at Fort Valley, see the Chronology, 17–23 October 1955, at the beginning of this volume.
2. Charles W. Ward (1915–) was executive secretary of Georgia’s Missionary and Educational Convention. A fellow Baptist preacher, Ward graduated from Morehouse in 1942, six years before King and McCall.
MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Mass.