The City of Boston and the Museum of African American History joined with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program to honor and celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Faneuil Hall on Monday, January 21, 2013. This year also recognizes the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and of the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment.
Keynote speaker, Ernest G. Green, was one of nine black students who were the first to integrate in a public school following a 1954 US Supreme Court decision. Other speakers included Marvin Gilmore, the first African American in New England to be awarded the Legion of Honor from France; Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, a medical and human rights missionary; and Regie Gibson, Poet, songwriter, actor, author, educator, and National Poetry Slam Champion.
Photos from the event are shown above; click to enlarge them into a slideshow. (Photos by Matt Conti)