What Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Boston might have looked like

How the BU alum may have spent his time in the city.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature in the State House on April 22, 1965.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature in the State House on April 22, 1965. –Paul Connell/Globe Stagg

Before he became a leader of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student at Boston University. From 1951 to 1955, King lived in Boston while he worked toward his Ph.D. in systematic theology at BU.

Not much is known about King’s daily life in Boston. But Curbed Boston put together bits and pieces of where he might have gone while he was in the city. From apartments, to parks, to University facilities–including the spot where he met future wife Coretta Scott–Martin Luther King’s Boston likely included living in the South End, playing baseball with his friends and classmates in Carter Playground, hanging around (and meeting Coretta Scott) in Myles Standish Hall his first year at BU, and speaking at the State House in 1965.

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To learn more about King’s time in Boston, read the full article at Curbed.

Dr. King in Boston on April 22, 1965. —Paul J. Connell/Globe Staff

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