State political leaders honored Martin Luther King, Jr. in Boston

47th annual breakfast held at Boston Convention Center

BOSTON (WWLP) – Top political leaders gathered in South Boston Monday morning to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, and talk about the work that still needs to be done for civil rights.

The 47th Annual Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast is the nation’s longest-running event honoring the civil rights leader. Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Senator Elizabeth Warren all delivered powerful speeches calling for action, hope and unity — especially in communities of color.

The Governor said in his speech that people’s political views may clash, but the nation should move forward together. “I truly believe that our best days are ahead of us, but it is incumbent on all of us to see to it that we continue to move forward. We are going to continue to go forward here in Massachusetts and we are going to continue to make this state better.”

Nearly 1,000 people attended Monday’s tribute, which also serves as an opportunity for lawmakers to renew Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for equality and justice. “We believe in basic dignity for every human being, and we will fight back against discrimination whenever and wherever it occurs,” Warren said.

Senator Edward Markey said people continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s call to stand up for what is right, even decades after his death. “Dr. King taught us that organized, passionate, non-violent resistance is required in the quest for dignity and equal justice,” Markey said.

Proceeds from Monday’s breakfast go toward scholarships and community programs.

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