"The time is always right to do right." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Boston is a new non-profit working closely with the City of Boston to create a new world-class memorial of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. We hope that this memorial will inspire people from Boston and beyond with the Kings' work, and that it will challenge us to make Boston a better place for all our residents and visitors. We are running this as an "open source" project with dozens of opportunities for people to get involved.
Why Now? A King memorial in Boston seems overdue given the issues that the Kings articulated and sought to achieve within the framework of the American civil rights movement. Today, the issues we confront as a nation -- including enduring economic inequalities, labor rights, racial discrimination and injustice, provocations of white nationalists, issues of just war and fragile peace, and questions of immigration and nativism -- make Dr. King’s words and deeds as urgent and relevant as they were in the past. Coretta Scott King’s words and activism have also retained their relevance in contemporary conversations on peace and poverty and underscore the continued struggle to recognize the voices and work of women in civil rights and human rights struggles.
The Kings’ example remains indispensable for reflecting upon the challenges of citizenship, activism, and service that current and future generations face in pursuit of a just society. At a moment when public memorials are questioned, it is time to elevate the landscape of public memory with a monument to this great family of leaders and share an under acknowledged part of Boston’s story.
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