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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addresses civil rights marchers on the Boston Common April 23, 1965 after a march from the Roxbury. (AP)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addresses civil rights marchers on the Boston Common April 23, 1965 after a march from the Roxbury. (AP)

Today was the 42nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. Others like it were hosted in communities across the country. But Boston has a special connection to the civil rights leader. In fact, Dr. King thought of Boston as something of a second home.

Among Martin Luther King Jr.'s connections to Boston was Howard Thurman, the pioneering black intellectual and preacher, who became the first African American Chapel Dean at Boston University in 1953. Thurman had been a mentor to King before King arrived in Boston, and he exerted a big influence on the entire civil rights movement.

Walter Fluker is Boston University's Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Ethical Leadership at the School of Theology. He's been collecting and selectively publishing the papers of Howard Thurman.

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This program aired on January 16, 2012.

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