Jones, King’s classmate at Boston University, praises King’s “Recommendations,” commenting specifically on his explanation of pastoral authority and the plan to centralize Dexter’s treasury.1
D. E. King, pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, had met King in 1949 at the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress, which was associated with the National Baptist Convention.1
The Reverend M. L. King, Jr.
397 Massachusetts Avenue
My dear Brother King:
At the annual September meeting of the National Baptist Convention in St. Louis King had talked with Hester about preaching at his church near Boston. King and other African-American students in the Boston area often preached at Hester’s Twelfth Baptist Church in nearby Roxbury.
The Reverend W. H. Hester
37 Howland Street
Dear Rev. Hester:
McCall accepts King’s invitation to speak at Dexter and asks King to be best man at his wedding.
Reverend M. L. King, Jr.
309 Jackson Street
King had sent copies of “Recommendations to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church for the Fiscal Year 1954–1955” to colleagues for comment.
Reverend M. L. King, Jr., Pastor
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Dear Young-in-coming Doctor:
Greetings and salutations!
King invites McCall to preach at Dexter and urges his friend to attend the upcoming installation ceremony.
Dean Walter R. McCall
Fort Valley State College
Fort Valley, Georgia
King answers Riley’s inquiries about John Wesley Dobbs and invites Riley, a former pastor of Dexter, to give the sermon for Dexter’s anniversary.1 A week later, Riley would communicate his regret that owing to a previous engagement he could not preach the sermon in December.2
Dr. R. W. Riley, President
American Baptist Theological Seminary
Nashville 7, Tennessee
Dear Dr. Riley:
McCall congratulates King on his new position as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, a pulpit McCall had pursued himself. McCall also mentions his impending marriage and the difficulties he is experiencing in breaking off an earlier relationship. The latter woman’s name has been deleted for reasons of privacy. Dudley is George W. Dudley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta.