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BLS Facing History Students Weigh In On MLK Boston Tribute

As an assignment for the Facing History course, BLS students will be weighing in on the MLK Boston Tribute:

What would make a great Martin Luther King Jr./Coretta Scott King Memorial for Boston?

On view at both the Boston Public Library (Copley branch) and the Bolling Building in Dudley Square in Roxbury through October 16, 2018, are the five finalist proposals for the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King memorial to be built on Boston Common.

Paul English ’82 founded the sponsoring organization MLK Boston and has spearheaded this effort. In addition to creating this memorial on the Boston Common, MLK Boston has three additional plans to:
• create an interactive MLK learning center in Roxbury designed to teach individuals to be change agents/activists in Boston;
• with a $1 million endowment, work with the Twelfth Baptist Church to do MLK-related programming. Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Twelfth Baptist when he lived in Boston; and
• produce a documentary about Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, focusing on their time in Boston.

Students are asked to identify:
• which of the five proposals strikes them as the best one for this site;
• the best one to honor MLK and Coretta Scott King’s time in Boston;
• the most impressive idea from an aesthetic/visual standpoint; and
• the most effective one in terms of educating viewers about the couple’s connection to this city.

Feedback from the students will be shared with the MLK Boston committee.

Posted on September 27, 2018 • Updated on October 4, 2018