We took a trip to the MLK exhibit at Boston University. I wanted the kids to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s history and his contribution to society in honor of his celebrated birthday in January. I feel that the history of civil rights is really important for the kids to understand, since the tenants of this movement have helped shape society and the rights of many groups who had to fight for these rights after this period in history, such as women and the disabled. Martin Luther King was also a fascinating figure, and there is so much I didn’t know about him that the docent was able to tell us and the kids. They also gave the kids copies of source documents to examine as part of the field trip, and answered lots of questions about Dr. King’s life, especially when he was working on his degree at the University.
Here is an excerpt from their website:
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.”
While on campus, you can also visit the “Free at Last” sculpture in front of the Marsh Chapel.
This was a very relaxed but informative and fun trip – great for any school group or homeschool field trip. Best of all, it was free!
To read more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s history at Boston University, see the following articles: