Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Volume I, 8 October 1949

Volume I Table of Contents

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William H. Gray, Jr., to Martin Luther King, Sr.

8 October 1949
Philadelphia, Pa.

Gray, the pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, comments on his recent meeting at Crozer with King, Jr. The relationship between the Gray and King families would continue for many years.

Reverend M. L. King, Sr.
Pastor
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Auburn Avenue at Jackson Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Reverend King:

I am most appreciative of your letter of September twenty-eighth which your son was kind enough to forward to me from Crozer, and I assure you that I would consider it quite an honor to speak for your Men's Day Program on Sunday morning, December 11.

I would appreciate it, however, if you would be kind enough to allow me until October 20 to write you a final word of acceptance, since I would like to clear up some previous speaking commitments which I have made, and which might preclude my serving you on the date in question. One informal commitment which has been pending is with Reverend Maynard Jackson there in Atlanta, and I am hoping to hear from him soon. I hope that there will be no conflict to prevent my serving you.

I was very pleased to have met your son at Crozer recently. He seems to be quite a fine young gentleman, and I am sure that you and Mrs. King must be proud of the record he is making for himself and his family. {This is about you--Come over to see me when you are in Phila. and have an opportunity to visit. [word illegible]}

Asking your prayers in my behalf, and with kindest personal regards, I remain

Sincerely yours,

Wm. H. Gray, Jr.

WHG/czs

cc: Reverend M. L. King, Jr.

TALc. MLKP-MBU: Box 117, folder 50.

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