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Martin Luther King Day in Boston

January 15, 2024

Boston is a special place to celebrate Dr. King's life and legacy. King considered the city his second home, as it was in Boston that he met his wife, Coretta Scott King, and earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Boston University while living on Mass Ave. 

The Roxbury Love Story mural, created by local artists @problak and @gofive, was unveiled in the fall of 2020. Roxbury is where Dr. King was an assistant minister at the Twelfth Baptist Church and where he and Coretta met. In 1965, Roxbury marked the starting point for the Northeast's first Civil Rights March, a procession that culminated on Boston Common, where Dr. King delivered an inspiring and iconic speech.

The Embrace monument is here! Designed by Hank Willis Thomas, an internationally acclaimed African-American conceptual artist, the memorial commemorates the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and the many civil rights leaders who worked alongside them in Boston.

 

Things To Do on Martin Luther King Day

 

The Embrace Monument Feb 25
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Visit the Embrace monument near the Boston Common Visitor Center. The abstract bronze sculpture is based on a photo of an embrace between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and celebrates their history in Boston. The Kings met and fell in love here in the 1950s…

Roxbury Love Story

The Roxbury Love Story mural was unveiled in Fall 2020. We interviewed local artists, Pro Blak & GoFive, to tell us about the inspiration & making of the mural.