BOSTON (WWLP) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a deep connection with Boston. It is where he went to college, where he once protested against racism, and where he met his wife. Now, it is a city that is honoring his legacy.
The city of Boston paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior at historic Faneuil Hall Monday afternoon. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and community leaders listened as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra used music to continue Dr. King’s message of racial equality. This MLK Day is symbolic. It marks the 50th anniversary of the nation’s Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in voting. Event organizers said this day of service and celebration is unique because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a part of the Boston community.
“Boston was a place where he was studying. Boston was the place where he met his wife, so when we look at Dr. King’s history in Boston we can be proud of what he deposited here with us,” said L’Merchie Frazier of the Museum of African American History in Boston.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh echoed a similar message and called the event, “…a fitting tribute to a man whose words matched his deeds.”