Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a few days away and there are many things to do in the days leading up to it. MLK Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January and celebrates the life and achievements of the civil rights leader. King’s actual birthday is January 15th. MLK and wife Coretta had ties to Boston as Martin spent time here getting his doctorate at Boston University, and Coretta attendedf the New England Conservatory.

If you’re looking for something to do, there are several events for you to choose from. Many of them are free.



  • Unveiling of "The Embrace" Memorial


    Mark your calendar for the Embrace Unveiling being held on MLK weekend 2023 - what's bound to be an unforgettable weekend! Join the King family, national and local leaders, and partners as we come together to pay homage to heroes of the past and present, and to accelerate our collective contribution towards a radically inclusive and equitable world for all.

    The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue is being unveiled today on the Boston Common ahead of the MLK holiday on Monday. “The Embrace” is a bronze 20-foot tall, 40-foot wide sculpture that symbolizes the hug that Dr. King shared with his wife Coretta after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. It also celebrates their time in Boston when he was getting his doctorate at Boston University, and she was attending the New England Conservatory. Get all the details HERE.

  • 53rd Annual MLK Breakfast

    MLK Breakfast

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    In-person tickets are sold out for the annual breakfast taking place on Monday, BUT it will be livestreamed for free. The event features The New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb this year. Register to watch HERE

  • Free Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts

    MLK Day Open House

    Join us for our annual MLK Day Open House, presented in partnership with Citizens. This year, MFA Boston offers free admission-including access to "Life Magazine and the Power of Photography" -for Massachusetts residents. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by surrounding yourself with art making, performances, and talks with members of our community!

    Free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for Massachusetts residents in celebration of MLK Day. Visitors can contribute to a collaborative painting started by Boston’s Artist for Humanity. There will also be a discussion of “The Embrace” with designer Hank Willis Thomas, and you can also check out the exhibit “Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas.”


  • “Shabbat Tzedek,” a Sabbath of Justice

    Shabbat Tzedek and Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Social Justice - Boston MA,

    Since 1992, Temple Israel has devoted the Shabbat which precedes Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrating the values and life of Dr. King. We call this special Shabbat evening "Shabbat Tzedek," a Sabbath of Justice.

    Since 1992, Temple Israel has devoted the Shabbat which precedes Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrating the values and life of Dr. King. We call this special Shabbat evening “Shabbat Tzedek,” a Sabbath of Justice.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hyde Park Commemoration

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hyde Park Commemoration

    Eventbrite - Racial E & J Forum/West Fairmount Hill Community presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hyde Park Commemoration - Monday, January 16, 2023 - Find event and ticket information.

    An online celebration of Dr. King’s legacy with a focus on “The Embrace” memorial. The virtual discussion will take place on Monday at 12:30pm with a conversation between Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ruthzee Louijeune and Embrace Boston’s executive director, Imari K. Paris Jeffries. The event is hosted by the Racial Equity and Justice Forum of Hyde Park .

  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

    This free Monday concert by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will feature music from the symphony’s Intensive Community Program, dedicated to making classical music accessible to communities of color.

  • MLK Day of Service Community Give Back Day


    MLK Day of Service Community Give Back Day

    On Saturday, January 14, 2023, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Power Health Tour, organized Youth and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Organizing will celebrate the MLK Day of Service with a Community Give Back Day from 12pm- 4pm at the Bruce C Bolling Municipal Building located at 2300 Washington Street in Roxbury, MA!

    Featured at this free community event will be health, wellness and lifestyle vendorsdental screenings, giveaways, kids and teens resources, fresh fruits and vegetables, empowerment information, senior resources and so much more. There will be something for everyone at this great event.

  • Cambridge MLK Day of Service

    2023 MLK Day of Service & Learning

    Individuals and groups can REGISTER to lend a helping hand by leading service projects during MLK Day week. Neighborhood FOOD Drives for Food Pantries in Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, and Lowell Lead a Food Drive to collect for 14 local food pantries.

    The event is organized by Many Helping Hands  365 Cambridge, along with My Brothers Keeper Cambridge and the YWCA Cambridge. There are several ways to volunteer and give back, including: a community walk, or clothing, food, and book drives.


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