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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry

Crozer Theological Seminary Field Work Department: Rating Sheet for Martin Luther King, Jr., by William E. Gardner

William E. Gardner, the presumed author of this evaluation, was a friend of the King family and pastor of First Baptist Church in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York. Although Gardner rated King “above average” in pulpit ability, he noted major weaknesses: “An attitude of aloofness, disdain & possible snobbishness which prevent his coming to close grips with the rank and file of ordinary people.”

"Beyond Condemnation," Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Jesus’s encounter with the Pharisees and a female adulterer serves as the basis of this handwritten sermon.1 “Let us be slow to condemn others,” King comments, reasoning that most people “need to be given new confidence in their power to do the good. They need not our condemnation, but our help.”

From Nannie H. Burroughs

Burroughs expresses appreciation for King’s 9 September speech at the annual meeting of the Woman’s Auxiliary, National Baptist Convention, in St. Louis.

Rev M L King Jr
93 Boulevard N E
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Rev King:

I cannot forgo the pleasure of saying, again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your rich and challenging contribution to the program of our St Louis Meeting.

Notes on Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at Woman's Auxiliary, National Baptist Convention on 9 September 1954

On 9 September 1954, King delivered the noonday message to the Woman’s Auxiliary, National Baptist Convention. The brief minutes of the convention show that King, introduced as the “son of the organist of the Woman’s Convention,” exhorted his audience to do more than simply pay lip service to the spiritual life. The minutes included only these few lines from the speech.


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