From its inception, Boston University was conceived as a place of tolerance, opportunity, and hope.

No group benefited more from this founding principle than the University’s black community. For many decades, African Americans were welcomed here when they were rejected elsewhere. Leaders of the civil rights movement—most notably, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59)—found their voices here.

BU’s black community has created a story that’s worth remembering, assessing, and celebrating—even as its next chapters are being written.

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