Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Was A National Treasure, A Civil Rights Balm For Boston

The Rev. Michael Haynes Looks At A Photo Of Himself And the Rev. Dr. M.L. King Taken In The 1960s. Haynes Was Enmeshed In the Local and National Civil Rights Movement. (JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF/FILE)

By Kevin C. Peterson

It was a mild autumnal Sabbath morning and brilliantly streaming bars of sun light filled the large square-box sanctuary which sat on the corners of Washington and Park Streets in Dorchester. The Rev. Michael Haynes at first sat inconspicuously among the parishioners, seemingly lost in a repose of revery…