BOSTON (WWLP) – Hundreds of people gathered at the Boston Convention Center Monday morning to pay tribute to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during an event held in his honor.
Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and hundreds of others gathered for the 45th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Speakers reflected on Dr. King’s legacy, and stressed the work that still needs to be done to end racism in the country.
Speakers reflected on Dr. King’s legacy, and stressed the work that still needs to be done to end racism in the country.
“We must eradicate racism. We must never yield to it, and we must never let it handicap us,” said Dr. Topper Carew, who was the keynote speaker for the event.
The breakfast is the nation’s longest-running event dedicated to honoring the civil rights leader. The event featured live music, food, and speeches by some of the state’s top political leaders.
“This is a long tradition of a deep connection to Martin Luther King, and it continues here this morning, and I think his spirit is still alive and well,” said Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts).
At $50 per ticket, the breakfast also raises funds for scholarships and community programs.
While most closely associated with his hometown of Atlanta, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also had a deep connection to Boston. He earned his PHD from Boston University in the 1950’s, and the city is where he the woman who would become his wife, Coretta Scott King.