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George D. Kelsey to Charles E. Batten
12 March 1948
As professor of religion and director of the Morehouse School of Religion, George D. Kelsey recommends King for admission to Crozer. King had earned his only A as an undergraduate in the second semester of Kelsey's Introduction to the Bible, which focused on the "strenuous" ethical teachings of Jesus. Although Kelsey concedes shortcomings in King's academic record, years later he remembered that King "stood out in class not simply academically, but in the sense that he absorbed Jesus' teachings with his whole being." Keeping in touch by letter and telephone over the years, King would seek Kelsey's critical advice on a chapter of Stride Toward Freedom.
Mr. Charles E. Batten, Dean
Crozer Theological Seminary
Dear Mr. Batten:
The academic record of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Morehouse College is short of what may be called "good;" but I recommend that you give his application serious consideration. King is one of those boys who came to realize the value of scholarship late in his college career. His ability exceeds his record at Morehouse, and I believe his present attitude will lift his achievement to the level of his ability.
He impresses me as being quite serious about the ministry and as having a call rather than a professional urge. His record as a citizen in Morehouse is good. He gets along well with people, is friendly and courteous.
[signed as below]
George D. Kelsey, Director
SCHOOL OF RELIGION