The Martin Luther King Jr. Reading Room is located on the Third Floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The Exhibit can be viewed Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Current Exhibition: Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the School of Prophets

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who received his doctorate from Boston University in 1955 six months before he stepped into history as the leader of the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, is not merely the most celebrated graduate of Boston University; he is its quintessential alumnus, the personification of the vision its founders had in establishing the institution in 1839.

In appreciation of his edification and inspiration here, Dr. King donated his papers to Boston University in 1964, the year his stature on the global stage was confirmed in his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. Consisting of 83,000 items, the King collection is both one of the largest and the most frequently consulted of the more than 2,000 holdings in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

This exhibit, showcasing a small fragment of the King trove, is intended to enable an appreciation of how much King, often regarded as a product of and actor in the long, hot summer of the American South's conflagration over civil rights, was, in fact, a man for all seasons, groomed for that role in his study of systematic theology at Boston University's "School of Prophets."


Christine King Farris

Sonia Sanchez Performs

Forest Whitaker's MLK Leadership Lecture January 21, 2013
Dr. King explains why he donated his collection to Boston University
Paradox of Boston

Interview with John Lewis at Boston University

John Lewis Event Video