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    [Martin Luther King, Jr.]. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Archive comprised of seven items spanning the years 1958 through 1960. Founded in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1877, the church was first known as the Second Colored Baptist Church. The congregation originally met in a small wooden building, but in 1883, construction began on the current building which was completed in 1889. For seventy-one years the church had a total of twenty different pastors, but the church, and the country, changed forever in 1954 when twenty-five year old Martin Luther King, Jr., took the pulpit.

    Dexter would remain the epicenter of the civil rights movement (King's basement office being the headquarters for the Montgomery Bus Boycott) until 1960, when King moved to Atlanta to focus his efforts on heading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

    The wonderful items found within this archive date from the last few years of Dr. King's leadership and include: The Dexter Echo. Volume 4, Number 2. Six pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, October 7, 1959. With a reprinted, September 9, 1959, article from the "Birmingham World" titled "South's Goodwill Leader." The article ranks "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the book-writing, Ph D-trained, world-traveling pastor . . . at the top of goodwill leaders in Alabama" and attacks the "deliberate, adroit campaign of flagrant distortion, vicious misrepresentation and studied confusion aimed at tearing down Dr. King and spoiling the correct image of him" by the Alabama daily press. Also contains articles on the observation of "Woman's Day," the Ebenezer choir, and other church news. "The Echo" was a bi-weekly publication. [and:] Service Program for the Joint Rededication Worship Service of First Baptist Church of Montgomery. One page, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, April 27, 1958. One year after the January 1957 bombing of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the congregation of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church joined the members of the First Baptist church at the rededication of the bombed building. The service was presided over by both Dr. King and Dr. Ralph Abernathy, pastor of First Baptist church and King's best friend. [and:] Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Annual Report. Twenty-three pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, November 31, 1959. For the months December 1, 1958, through November 31, 1959. Contains a directory of church officers and leaders. Also, a financial report for individual members including their name, total amount pledged, amount paid on pledge, spec. & month club contributions, and total amount; receipts; disbursements; estimated budget for the first six months of the 1959-60 church year; and a memorial for those church members who passed during the year. [and:] Dexter Avenue Baptist Church January Club 1960 Yearbook. Thirty-five pages, 8.5" x 11". Contains short biographical information for thirty-seven members including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recto of pages only. [and:] Financial Statement for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Twelve pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, August 8, 1958. Provided for the months May through July. [and:] Financial Statement for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Twelve pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, June 29, 1959. Provided for the months December through May. [and:] Financial Statement for the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Twelve pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, September 21, 1959. Provided for the months June through August.

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