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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his connection to Boston

Did you know that before Martin Luther King became an iconic civil rights leader, he was a graduate student at Boston University in the early 1950’s?

King had three known residences while he went to school – all in the South End – on Mass Ave. St. Botolph Street and Northampton Street.

In addition to going to school, he also played pick up basketball and began dating his future wife Coretta Scott in Boston too.

King left Boston in 1954, but returned to deliver a speech at the State House after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Remembering MLK

For more than 30 years, the third Monday of January has been set aside for commemorative events and community service activities nationwide to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The City of Boston and Boston University will present “A Day of Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr” on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. You can get the details here. And Citizens Bank will once again be partnering with museums and non-profits throughout the communities it serves to deliver enriching activities to celebrate Dr. King’s dedication to service and his passion for strengthening our communities. Obviously this year events and activities are virtual, you can see a full schedule here!

Image via Boston University

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.