A public unveiling of Embrace Boston, a bronze memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, takes place at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023 on Boston Common.

The memorial depicts Dr. King and his wife embracing after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and celebrates their time in Boston when they met as students.  It was designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Hank Willis Thomas.

Organizers say the memorial will serve as a permanent monument representing the Kings’ time and powerful presence in Boston, a time that helped shape their approach to an equitable society.

“This moment brings with it the culmination of years of work. It is a celebration of the profound role our city played in the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King,” said M. Lee Pelton. President & CEO of The Boston Foundation. “The Kings met and fell in love here—and Boston was one of the places they called home.”

What is now called the Embrace Boston Fund was established at the Boston Foundation in 2017, with an inaugural gift of $1,000,000 from local entrepreneur Paul English.

The public is invited to attend the outdoor unveiling on Boston Common. The ceremony will be displayed on large screens positioned near the Parkman Bandstand, complete with a live DJ and hot refreshments. Live local coverage of the activities leading up to the unveiling begins at 11 a.m. Learn more information about the Embrace Boston project.

Boston Common is the nation’s oldest public park, founded in 1634, and is managed by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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