Boston Honors MLK

image courtesy: Phil Stanziola / WikiCommons

image courtesy: Phil Stanziola / WikiCommons

By Andrea Belaval 1-20-14

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored today at the Boston Convention Center.

The national holiday meant a Day of Service for the city.  It also gave leaders a chance to celebrate his life. Speakers included the former Ambassador to Tanzania, Charles Stith, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and MA Governor Deval Patrick.

Stith said that “Every MLK street ought to be a drug free zone.  Every MLK street ought to be a violence

Walsh explained that every morning he gets a call from the Police Commissioner telling him what happened in Boston overnight.  Not once has he been told that it was a quiet night.  He hopes that one day he will be told that it will be peaceful and he believes this could be done by following Dr. King’s ideals.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was also at the breakfast, and was awarded with the True Compass Award for his 20 years of service trying to give opportunities to everyone.

Funds raised by the event gave student scholarships and community program grants.