From Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch p53-54.
Although there was no dramatic civic
progress in those years, Reverend King (this is Daddy King, Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther Kings father) was at the forefront of what movements
there were, propelled by his continued success at Ebenezer.
With great fanfare, the minister capped a fund raising drive with
an installation ceremony for a new Wurlitzer organ that featured two
manuals and two thousand pipes. It became the pride of Alberta King,
the church organist. Remarkably, the expansion at Ebenezer
accelerated until the church caught and passed its older and more
established rival on Auburn Avenue, Wheat Street
Baptist, where the building program for a new church stalled and
then collapsed in mid construction. The renowned Rev. J. Raymond Henderson
of Wheat Street finally resigned in despair, leaving his members to
quarrel with one another over alleged embezzlement of church funds
Reverend King was master of Auburn Avenue in less than six years after
taking over a bankrupt Ebenezer, but his
preeminence lasted only a matter of months. Wheat Street hired as
its new pastor Rev. William Holmes Borders, who was in many respects
a twin of Reverend King, a preachers son from rural Georgia who had
begged President John Hope personally for permission
to attend Morehouse, who believed so strongly
in money as a measure of church and pastor that he listed the value
of church real estate in worship programs. The principal difference
between the two ministers was that Borders had obtained seminary and
master's degrees at Northern white colleges. Wheat Street hired him
off the Morehouse faculty. His wife taught at Spelman.
In degree conscious Atlanta, the Borders family was several steps
ahead of the Kings on the refinement index, and Borders highlighted
the distinction by becoming the first Negro minister in Atlanta to
have a regular radio program, "Seven Minutes at the Mike."
The show helped spread his reputation for polished sermons filled
with commanding language and perfect diction. To the consternation
of Reverend King, Borders became one of the preachers young
Mike (future Dr.M.L.King) listened to in his eagerness to learn