You may know Theodore Landsmark because of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo "The Soiling of Old Glory." In the picture, a white man is using the American flag to attack Landsmark near the entrance to Boston City Hall during a protest over court-ordered school desegregation.

But this was just one moment in a life devoted to public policy, design and social justice.

Landsmark grew up in New York City public housing, an experience that led him to focus his career on how architecture and urban planning can affect equity. That is the central question that has guided him over the last 40 years, as he has worked as a lawyer, mayoral advisor, professor and college president to make Boston a more inclusive place. This is the (short) story of his journey.