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The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume II: Rediscovering Precious Values, July 1951-November 1955

Cover of Volume 2.
Clayborne Carson, Ralph Luker, Penny A. Russell, and Peter Holloran, eds.
University of California Press at Berkeley and Los Angeles

Volume II begins with King's doctoral work at Boston University and ends with his first year as pastor of the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. It includes papers from his graduate courses and a fully annotated text of his dissertation. There is correspondence with people King knew in his years before graduate school and a transcription of the first known recording of a King sermon. We learn, too, of King's marriage to Coretta Scott.

Accepting the call to serve Dexter, King followed the church's tradition of socially active pastors by becoming involved in voter registration and other issues of social justice. In Montgomery he completed his doctoral work, and he and Coretta Scott began their married life.