King honored at Boston University, his alma mater

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., co-pastor with his father of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., is shown as he speaks in Eutaw, Ala., June 4, 1965.

BOSTON — The life of Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored in Boston and by Boston University, his alma mater, with a day of celebration. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the school are presenting the event on Monday, the federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader. It's the university's 49th commemoration of King, who earned his doctorate in systematic theology at the school, NBC Boston reported. 

The event celebrates "the contributions of the Rev. Dr. King and civil rights leader, activist, and author Coretta Scott King to the Greater Boston community," Boston University said. Guests include Princeton professor of African American studies Eddie Glaude and Boston University professor and Center for Antiracist Research Founding Director Ibram X. Kendi.