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BU To Reopen MLK Archives

Boston University is reopening its extensive Martin Luther King archives.

The 80,000 item collection has been closed from the public for the last two years while researchers created an electronic search system from B.U. and Morehead College's archives.

Vita Paladino, who is the director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center where the papers are housed, says there are letters on exhibition which detail the development of King's philosophy in addition to his relationship to the city of Boston.

"These papers tell you that whole movement from the Montgomery bus boycott through him becoming president of the Southern Christian Leadership Movement," Gotlieb explains.

King's only surviving sibling, Christine King Farris, will give the inaugural Martin Luther King lecture at a ceremony marking the archive's reopening.

This program aired on April 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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