BOSTON (CBS) — From virtual prayers, digital bulletin boards, artwork and service, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King is being remembered in Boston.
At the IBEW Local 103 Union Hall, electrical workers donated food, beverages and other essentials for distribution to several food pantries across the city. Union members also provided free electrical services to pantries in need of upgrades. “We have electricians here and we’ve been running circuits at Shirley’s Pantry for their freezers and we’re also going to be running cameras at Juice Up,” said Reneeleona Dozier of Local IBEW 103.
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While many MLK events were canceled or went virtual due to COVID, the Museum of Fine Arts was filled with families who wanted to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
MLK art kits have been distributed as pictures and paintings of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders are displayed throughout the museum. Tameka Lymon from Brockton brought her three children, including 9-year-old Cadence, who is learning valuable lessons about King. “May white people and black people always be together and live in harmony,” said Candence Lymon.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also set up a job fair and voter registration tables. “In the spirit of Martin Luther King and other great civic leaders who say we all belong in the public space, we all belong to have a voice,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Reverend Liz Walker hosted King Boston’s virtual celebration on Monday night, kicking off the official countdown to the start of MLK’s “The Embrace” memorial. The 22-foot bronze sculpture symbolizes the embrace between Dr. King and his beloved Coretta Scott. It will be located on Boston Common just steps from the Parkman Bandstand.
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Imari Paris Jeffries, the executive director of King Boston, says they are exactly one year away from unveiling the memorial.
“The memorial is called The Embrace,” Imari said. “For The Embrace to be the symbol of Boston, a monument of love, inclusion, welcome and anti-racism – there could be no better memorial to represent our city than The Embrace at this time.”
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said the sculpture would enhance King’s legacy and give people something to look up to.
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“We are all committed to doing more than celebrating the words of Martin and Coretta, but to putting them into practice,” Pressley said. “Recognize that yes, there have been huge gains but gains are not guarantees.”