Participants in the 24th annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, hosted by the Union United Church and St. Cyprians Episcopal Church sing in this Banner file photo.
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City events include breakfasts, concerts, community service-a-thon
It was 47 years ago that two black Boston churches, Union United Methodist Church and St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church commemorated fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a breakfast aimed at bringing together people of all faiths and races in what was then a divided city. From that first breakfast, which came a full 14 years before King’s birthday was recognized as a federal holiday, Bostonians have embraced King’s legacy with an increasing number of commemorations, including prayer services, lectures and concerts.