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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.


· MLK on Northampton Street [MySouthEnd.com]
· Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. archive [BU]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]

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1. 397 Massachusetts Avenue

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397 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

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.

2. 170 Saint Botolph Street

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170 Saint Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

King lived in this brownstone for a time as well.

3. 396 Northampton Street, #5

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396 Northampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

King and new bride Coretta likely lived in this apartment for about a year after their 1953 marriage.

4. Carter Playground

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254 Camden Street
Boston, MA 02118

King unwound from his graduate studies with basketball games in the park.

5. 21 Holyoke Street

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21 Holyoke Street
Boston, MA 02116

King was a dinner guest of the long-time owners of this townhouse, which traded for a whopping $3,823,803 in January.

6. League of Women for Community Service

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558 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Coretta Scott lived at the long-time headquarters of the League of Women for Community Service while she was dating King.

7. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

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771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

The Boston University center houses the personal papers and correspondence of the school's famous alum.

8. Massachusetts State House

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1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

King spoke to a joint legislative session on April 22, 1965, closing his remarks by quoting his "I Have a Dream" speech almost verbatim.

9. Myles Standish Hall

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610 Beacon Street, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

Where Martin met Coretta... And where King lived when he first got to BU.

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1. 397 Massachusetts Avenue

397 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

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.

397 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

2. 170 Saint Botolph Street

170 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115

King lived in this brownstone for a time as well.

170 Saint Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

3. 396 Northampton Street, #5

396 Northampton Street, Boston, MA 02118

King and new bride Coretta likely lived in this apartment for about a year after their 1953 marriage.

396 Northampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

4. Carter Playground

254 Camden Street, Boston, MA 02118

King unwound from his graduate studies with basketball games in the park.

254 Camden Street
Boston, MA 02118

5. 21 Holyoke Street

21 Holyoke Street, Boston, MA 02116

King was a dinner guest of the long-time owners of this townhouse, which traded for a whopping $3,823,803 in January.

21 Holyoke Street
Boston, MA 02116

6. League of Women for Community Service

558 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

Coretta Scott lived at the long-time headquarters of the League of Women for Community Service while she was dating King.

558 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

7. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

The Boston University center houses the personal papers and correspondence of the school's famous alum.

771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

8. Massachusetts State House

1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108

King spoke to a joint legislative session on April 22, 1965, closing his remarks by quoting his "I Have a Dream" speech almost verbatim.

1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

9. Myles Standish Hall

610 Beacon Street, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215

Where Martin met Coretta... And where King lived when he first got to BU.

610 Beacon Street, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215