• Doug Most

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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 9 comments on The Ways Boston Helped Shape the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59)

  1. Thank you Doug Most, for this insightful article. I loved reading about Dr King’s Boston history, especially having had spent my years in Boston during undergrad, and now post-grad at BU. What a beautiful contribution to his biography! I’m sure many have enjoyed your chronicles of his life and important markers of which we may not have been aware. I am a Howard Thurman fan, so it was also nice to have that confirmation in your story of his relationship with Dr. King. Bless you!

  2. Interesting and informative article. Just wondering, though, if the chain restaurant you referred to where they had their first date was Schrafft’s not Sharaf’s? It was very popular at that time. Thank you for the article.

  3. I attended Boston University in the ’60s. In 1965, I attended an outdoor Civil Rights gathering on Boston Common where King spoke. At the time, however, King’s attendance at BU was not given any special recognition.

    1. Yes, it is true, sadly. See the extensive article in Wikipedia titled, “Martin Luther King Jr. authorship issues.” A university panel met, reviewed the accusations, and found him guilty of extensive plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation. Probably for purely political reasons, they decided not to repeal his doctorate, which they would have done for anyone else.

  4. I met Dr. Martin Luther King twice, as a little kid and, then, as a teen, at a Dorchester-Roxbury neighborhood restaurant in the city of Boston. Years later, I learned, during those meetings, that Dr. King was living in Boston and at Boston University’s School of Theology.

    My father, now deceased, told me after the first meeting that I’d “just met met one of America’s greatest,” and Dr. King asked me my name and where I lived. “Rick, Coretta and I are your neighbors,” he said, which prompted my father to leave the table, thinking I was bothering Dr. King and his wife while they were having dinner.

    “I just wish everyone in Boston was as nice and friendly as Rick is,” Dr. King said. My father always told me that was “one of the proudest moments” of his life.

    Mine too!

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