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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston

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In 1951, Martin Luther King Jr. began studying at Boston University, where he earned a PhD in systematic theology. Today, almost 60 years later, the city of Boston remembers the storied leader in the African-American civil rights movement with a number of cultural events on the national holiday that now bears his name.

One of Boston’s largest celebrations of Dr. King happens at his alma mater. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is Monday at 1 p.m. at BU’s George Sherman Union. Free and open to the general public.

The Cambridge Community Chorus will host its annual “Joyful Noise” concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater along with the Harlem Gospel Choir. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger, and can be purchased online.

The Boston Children's' Chorus' Eighth Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (From a Child's Mind) will take place Monday night at 7 at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. Tickets range from $25-$45 for the concert and are also available for the afternoon dress rehearsal for just $15.

Finally, the Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate King with an free open house on Monday with a number of special events planned, including a poetry slam, a concert by the Twelfth Baptist Church of Roxbury Gospel, and a screening of "The Untold Story: Art, Civil Rights, and Human Rights."

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