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MLK's Boston Years

Uncovering Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Boston Years

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addresses civil rights marchers on historic Boston Common on Apr. 23, 1965 after a march from Roxbury.
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MLK's Boston Years

The City of Boston plans to raise about $5 million for a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King. But most Bostonians don’t realize how deep the MLK-Boston connection really is.

In the early 1950s, King lived in segregated housing while earning his doctorate in Theology at Boston University. He preached at local churches and played basketball on Columbus Avenue in his preacher’s shoes. He met Coretta here while she was studying at the New England Conservatory of Music.

But strangely, there are almost no markers of MLK’s presence in Boston. That’s why award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon King made it his mission to highlight King’s Boston years before they are completely lost to history.


Clennon King — journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker.


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