From Allen Knight Chalmers

King viewed Chalmers, professor of preaching and applied Christianity at Boston University’s School of Theology, as an activist theologian with a “passion for social justice.” As treasurer of the NAACP, Chalmers assures King that the organization “will back you at the national level without any questions.” He also invites King, who was scheduled to speak in Boston on 23 March, to meet with students; King canceled the speech, however after his 22 Mach conviction. Fred Gray spoke in his place at Boston’s Union Methodist Church.