The first is a 11" x 8½" T.L.s. to the Dean of the Boston University Graduate School, Charles W. Alter: "I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology. I am now interested in finding living accomodations on the campus.A single room would be preferable.I am also interested in applying for a graduate Fellowship." The request for accomodations is not a matter which was taken lightly. In 1965 King was quoted in the Boston Globe as saying, "I remember very well trying to find a place to live. I went into place after place where there were signs that rooms were for rent. They were for rent until they found out I was a Negro, and then suddenly they had just been rented." The second letter is a 9½" x 7¾" A.L.s. on a pre-printed Boston Graduate School "Petition to the faculty." 14 lines, approx. 110 words: "I am desirous of taking twelve hours towards the PhD degree this semester.At present I have completed twenty-eight hours towards the degree, and passed the French examination. I plan to take the German examination in October, 1952.For the past two years I have been a close student of German. In the light of thus I am fairly certain that I can pass the examination." The letter is signed "Martin L. King, Jr. / Graduate Student.". Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Two early letters from his graduate school ...
Publisher: June 15, 1951; September 18
Publication Date: 1952
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