Boston honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. earned his title at Boston University, forever tying Boston to his legacy.
Governor Deval Patrick rang the bells at the Old South Meeting House on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's “I have a dream speech.”
“I was 7 years old when Dr. King delivered his remarkable ‘I have a dream’ speech on the National Mall 50 years ago. And it rings down through the ages, I think, because of the poetry and delivery, yes, but also because of the timelessness,” Governor Patrick said.
An interfaith group also gathered at the Garden of Peace in Boston for a prayer vigil followed by a march to Newton. Among those in attendance, Jean Bellow of Cambridge, who was on the Washington Mall when King spoke 50 years ago.
“I was standing and I could walk up towards the front so I wasn't very far away from the podium. It's still one of the most profound days of my life, I would say,” said Jean Bellow who attended King's 1963 Speech.
“Being there, it was an enlightening and bonding experience. We really felt that we had done something important and now it has been commemorated 50 years later. It's clear to me that it was something very important,” said Harvey Weiner who attended King's 1963 Speech.
At The King Reading Room at Boston University, which holds many of the slain civil rights leaders papers and possessions, BU researcher and King family friend Vita Paladino called Dr. King the Father of American Activism.
“Martin Luther King is the best citizen of the 20th century bar none because he made black people stronger and white people better, he made better nation that day,” said Vita Paladino, Boston University.