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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry

To Montgomery Pastors

In this form letter, King invites Montgomery pastors to the afternoon ordination service on 30 May (King misdated it as 29 May) of a group of deacons at Dexter. Among those ordained were H. Councill Trenholm, president of Alabama State College, and Dr. W. D. Pettus, a physician. At the regular morning service King’s sermon was “Loving Your Enemies.”

Reverend [blank]
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Reverend [blank]:

To Leonard G. Carr

King preached at Carr’s Vine Memorial Baptist Church on 25 April.

Dr. Leonard G. Carr
5317 West Master Street
Philadelphia 31, Pennsylvania

Dear Dr. Carr:

Just a note to again express my appreciation to you for giving me the opportunity to preach in your great church. I will never forget the kindness that you have shown toward me in my ministry, and I only hope that I will be able to repay it someday in some little way.

From A. A. Banks, Jr.

Rev. M. L. King, Jr.
396 Northhampton Street, Apt. 5
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Rev. King:

We are expecting you to preach on the fourth Sunday, February 28, 1954.

I will be out of the city as I explained to you before. Rev. Edward C. Simmons will be in charge of the service and will take care of you.

Please call the office when you are in the city so that they will be sure and know that you are here.

From J. McKinley Lee, Sr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
396 Northampton Street
Apartment #5
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Dr. King:

I have been informed by your uncle, Dr. Joel L. King, that you will be in this vicinity about March 7, 1954. We would like to have you address the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. If you can arrange this in your schedule, please send me at once a picture and information on yourself.

To Pulpit Committee, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

King expresses his appreciation for Dexter’s call and schedules a meeting with the pulpit committee. One week later, a Montgomery newspaper reported: “A call has been extended to the Reverend M. L. King, Jr., to serve as the pastor of the church. He has indicated through correspondence that he will be in the city for the first Sunday in April and it is hoped that the call can be accepted.”1


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