By Stacey Milton
Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his doctorate right here at BU?
Dr. King, certainly our most famous alumnus, received his degree from our School of Theology, and in doing so, left an indelible mark on the ethos of Boston University. During his time here, Dr. King was mentored by Howard Thurman, the first black dean at a predominantly white university; Thurman became dean of Marsh Chapel in 1953 and was influential in shaping Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence.
BU remains committed to both Dr. King and Howard Thurman’s views of social justice and inclusion. Thurman’s own Common Ground philosophy — that all people can find some point of connection with one another — is at the core of our multicultural center on campus, BU’s Howard Thurman Center.
To learn about all of the ways that BU is celebrating Dr. King’s birthday here on campus, check out BU Today‘s comprehensive coverage of events, as well as the history of this impressive figure.