Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the National Mall. Ten years before that epochal event, King was but a lowly grad student at Boston University, playing pick-up basketball games, dating his future wife, and, like grad students since time immemorial, happily dining gratis at friends' homes. He likely spent most of his time in the South End, including residing at three known addresses, as well as in and around the BU campus. King left Boston in 1954, returning for another forceful speech in 1965.Read More
Martin Luther King Jr., Bostonian
397 Massachusetts Avenue
King lived for a time in this Victorian with the bow front. It's the only address of his where there's an official plaque commemorating the tenancy.
170 Saint Botolph Street
King lived in this brownstone for a time as well.
396 Northampton Street, #5
King and new bride Coretta likely lived in this apartment for about a year after their 1953 marriage.
King unwound from his graduate studies with basketball games in the park.
21 Holyoke Street
King was a dinner guest of the long-time owners of this townhouse, which traded for a whopping $3,823,803 in January.
League of Women for Community Service
Coretta Scott lived at the long-time headquarters of the League of Women for Community Service while she was dating King.
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
The Boston University center houses the personal papers and correspondence of the school's famous alum.
Massachusetts State House
King spoke to a joint legislative session on April 22, 1965, closing his remarks by quoting his "I Have a Dream" speech almost verbatim.
Myles Standish Hall
Where Martin met Coretta... And where King lived when he first got to BU.