BOSTON (WHDH) – A day after the unveiling of Boston’s newest landmark, city leaders gathered at the Omni for the Embrace Gala, an event celebrating “The Embrace,” the new monument on Common honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
“A dream come true,” said Gala co-chair Myechia Jordan. “It’s exactly what this city needs.”
Embrace Boston Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries agreed, saying, “Being able to unveil this memorial to Boston and our community, and to have some members of the community celebrate with us tonight, feels like the culmination of this incredible moment.”
Jordan said the gala celebrates more than just the sculpture.
“We celebrate everything he stood for. Celebrating the man, the movement, his wife Coretta Scott King and their incredible legacy in Boston. “
University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan said the statue is a reminder of the work being done to improve race relations in the city of Boston.
“We should never rest on our laurels or think we can be complacent when it comes to race relations,” he said. “It’s always evolving, but I was proud all weekend.”
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