Four Black Leaders In Boston Who Are Carrying On The King Legacy

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A special Martin Luther King Jr. Day edition, in which we hear from four Black leaders on how they see Boston today and in the future. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Monica Cannon-Grant is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Violence in Boston, which is focused on advocating for marginalized communities. Today, she's leading a rally at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. We spoke with Cannon-Grant about the focus and the message of the holiday and her protest.
  • State Rep. Liz Miranda, who represents Massachusetts' 5th Suffolk District, talks about her journey from community organizer to state politician, and how she has embodied the King legacy in her work.
  • Imari Paris Jeffries is the executive director of King Boston, the nonprofit working to build a sculpture and implement other programming to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. This MLK Day, the organization has teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts to produce "Voices on King," a film that brings together some of the city and states leading voices to share their thoughts on the Kings’ legacy in Boston and beyond. The film premieres Monday at 5 p.m. - click here to find out how to watch.
  • Michael Bobbitt, who is preparing to take the helm of the Mass Cultural Council on Feb. 1st, talks about his vision for the region, what the arts mean for us today, and the connection between the arts and the work of civil rights leaders like Dr. King.

This program aired on January 18, 2021.


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