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BU marks the anniversary of alumnus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech

Posted by Your Town  August 27, 2013 06:20 PM

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Boston University will mark the 50-year anniversary of alumnus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" at midnight Tuesday.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore will be on the steps of the Marsh Chapel, the same place King stood when he donated his papers to BU in 1964, according to the university.

"[Elmore will recognize the importance of the anniversary and note that 50 years ago at this time thousands of college students were en route to Washington to hear King’s speech," the school said in an e-mailed statement.

As part of orientation, some students will read a portion of King' speech at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Marsh Plaza.

According to the BU website, King earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the university in 1955. King sought mentorship and spiritual advice from Howard Thurman, who was then dean of the university’s Marsh Chapel.

BU's library holds thousands of King’s personal papers and correspondence. King's phrase "Free at Last" is inscribed on the Marsh plaza.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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