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Embrace Boston President and CEO to Discuss Boston’s New King Memorial at Needham Library
Friends of Library Present Free Program on Sunday, February 4 In a special February 4 Black History Month talk at the Needham Free Public Library, Imari Paris Jeffries, Ph.D. president and chief executive officer of Embrace Boston, will discuss the 20-foot-high bronze sculpture that was dedicated on Boston Common in January 2023 to celebrate the love and partnership between Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Paris Jeffries will describe how Embrace Boston worked with artist Hank Willis Thomas, MASS Design Group, the Boston Foundation, the City of Boston, and the community to conceive, design and build the memorial. The sculpture depicts the Kings’ arms in an embrace captured in a 1964 photo when Martin Luther King learned he had received the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights advocacy. Like most modern memorials, the King sculpture has received a wide range of response from the public, from those who find it a powerful tribute to the Kings’ relationship – which began during their student years in Boston – to those who find the arms a bit too abstract. Dr. Paris Jeffries will also discuss Embrace Boston’s ongoing work toward creating a more equitable Boston through arts, culture, research and policy. The public is invited to this free program presented by the Friends of the Needham Public Library in the library’s Community Room at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, from 2-3:30 PM, Sunday, February 4. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Please note that seats are limited and registration is required.