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By Scott Roberto / January 4, 12:00 AM
Celebrating MLK Day in the Hub


Late Civil Rights leader and Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is associated with many locations across the American South, yet Boston is perhaps one of the most significant cities in his storied history. The Hub is, after all, where he met his wife, Coretta Scott, and it is also where he earned his doctorate, at Boston University, an experience that helped him shape his philosophy of non-violent resistance. A yearly testament to MLK’s Boston influence—and, in turn, his influence on the city—and the oldest event of its kind in the country, the 52nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast takes place January 17 at 8: 30 a.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This hybrid online and in-person tribute features a keynote address from Harvard Law Professor Annette Gordon-Reed and music from the Berklee College of Music ensemble. Another highlight that marks the day dedicated to the American icon is the special celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Fenway institution offers free admission to Massachusetts residents on January 17 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at its annual Martin Luther King Day Open House, including access to the exhibit Paper Stories, Layered Dreams from Roxbury’s own Ekua Holmes and a last look at Black Histories, Black Futures, a teen-curated show featuring work by 20th-century artists of color. Visitors can also enjoy music from Dorchester-based DJ WhySham in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. as well as get free tote bags and art-making kits inspired by Holmes from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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