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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."

IT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR FIELD WORK PROGRAM TO AID THE STUDENT IN HIS DEVELOPMENT AS A RELIGIOUS LEADER. WE SHALL APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WILL MARK THE FOLLOWING AS OBJECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE. FOR OUR CONVENIENCE, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING SYMBOLS:

A--SUPERIOR; B--ABOVE AVERAGE; C--AVERAGE; D--BELOW AVERAGE; E--INFERIOR

NAME OF STUDENT Martin King1

I.PERSONAL QUALITIESABCDE
DEPENDABILITYX
PROMPTNESSX
INITIATIVEX
JUDGMENTX
DECISIVENESSX
NEATNESSX
COURTESYX
POISEX
SELF-CONFIDENCEX
WILLINGNESS TO LEARNX

II.SOCIAL QUALITIESABCDE
FRIENDLINESSX
SENSE OF HUMORX
COOPERATIONX
SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDINGX

III.PULPIT ABILITYABCDE
GENERAL IMPRESSIONX
ENUNCIATION X
SENTENCE STRUCTURE X
CONTENT X
ORGANIZATIONX
USE OF VOICEX
EFFECTIVE OF DELIVERYX
EFFECTIVENESS OF PUBLIC READINGX
ABILITY TO LEAD WORSHIPX

IV.GROUP WORKABCDE
LEADERSHIPX
ABILITY TO PLAN PROGRAMSX
ABILITY TO CARRY THROUGH
PROGRAMSX
ABILITY TO ORGANIZE GROUP
ACTIVITIESX
ABILITY TO SECURE GROUP
PARTICIPATIONX
PREPARATION FOR
APPOINTMENTSX
UNDERSTANDING OF GROUP
WORK TECHNIQUESX
CONCERN FOR INDIVIDUALS IN
GROUPX
WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT
SUGGESTIONS AND CRITICISMX
ABILITY TO EVALUATE PROGRAMSX

V.TEACHING ABILITYABCDE
THOROUGHNESS OF PREPARATIONX
UNDERSTANDING OF PUPILSX
ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ORDERX
ORIGINALITY AND VARIETY OF
METHODS X
EFFECTIVENESS IN ACHIEVING
GOALSX
PERSISTENCE IN FOLLOW-UPX

I FEEL THAT THIS STUDENT'S STRONGEST POINTS ARE superior mental ability, clarity of expression, impressive personality, thoroughness in preparation for academic tasks.

I FEEL THAT THE CHIEF WEAKNESSES WHICH THE SEMINARY MIGHT HELP HIM OVERCOME ARE An attitude of aloofness, disdain & possible snobbishness which prevent his coming to close grips with the rank and file of ordinary people.
Also, a smugness that refuses to adapt itself to the demands of ministering effectively to the average Negro congregation.

AFm. CRO-NRCR.

1. An unknown reviewer, perhaps a member of Crozer's field work department, wrote in the margin: "Doing preaching about 2 times each week. Grad. work at U.P. No field work. Middle--Single.--Junior."

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