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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.

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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Boston celebrates Martin Luther King Day

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.