January 20, 2016

RECAP: Boston Community Gathers To Honor MLK

Over 1,000 people gathered for the Annual Boston MLK Day Breakfast on Monday morning; a tradition that was started in order to honor MLK but still allow people to make it to work on time (back then it was not recognized as a Holiday).  Fast forward 46 years, and while Martin Luther King Day is now recognized as a Federal Holiday, the breakfast tradition still stands.  Some of Cannistraro's employees joined the diverse crowd that represented many different Boston communities. Religious Groups, Schools, Government Officials and Local Organizations all came together to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., and what he believed in.

The audience was given the privilege to hear from some of our local leaders--Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, all of whom highlighted some of Kings’ achievements and recognized the need for continuous improvement and change within the Boston community. What was even more exciting was listening to the musical talents of the St. Cyprian’s Celestial Infernos Steel Orchestra--a local steel drum band made up of children ages 8-15. The music added to the already vibrant atmosphere.

It was wonderful to see such a large group of diverse people come together to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr., but as Mayor Marty Walsh said, “Boston is still dealing with the lingering effects of our divided history.” There is still a lot of work to be done in order to keep bringing our community together and improve equality, but this breakfast is a promising start.

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