A group of Boston high school students attending the six-week Connections 2 College program had the opportunity to meet Gov. Deval Patrick and hear him speak.

The Museum of African American History hosted an interview and book signing with Patrick at the University's C. Walsh Theatre, where he discussed his recently released memoir, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.

“It really is a book of lessons,” said Patrick. “It’s about the folk who taught me things that have been motivational for me.”

Twenty students, like Patrick before them, are seeking motivation through education. They are living on Suffolk University's campus as part of the Connections 2 College summer enrichment program, which prepares low-income and first-generation college aspirants for higher education.

They listened to a leader who went from his native Chicago to Milton Academy in Massachusetts after receiving a scholarship. He went on to earn degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, to success in the legal profession, and to election as the first black governor of Massachusetts.

Suffolk University has partnered with the Bird Street Community Center in the Connections 2 College campus program, which includes a paid work experience, since 2005.