The King Boston Fund was established at the Boston Foundation with an inaugural gift of $1,000,000 from local entrepreneur Paul English, and a goal to at least triple that amount. The Fund will support the work of King Boston, a new nonprofit working closely with the City of Boston to bring a world-class, permanent installation commemorating Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the city. The Kings spent formative years in Boston; they met here while she was a student at New England Conservatory and he was a doctoral student at Boston University and pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury.
In the spirit of the Kings’ community-mobilizing work, the planning and development process has been made especially inclusive. In 2019, the King Boston advisory committee, with significant public input, selected the sculpture The Embrace as the design for the memorial to the Kings on Boston Common.
Groundbreaking for the memorial is expected in the coming months, with an eye toward completion in 2022.
Beyond a physical memorial, organizers plan to continue to host events and discussions to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings to life, establishing a presence for King Boston in the city neighborhoods where the Kings lived and worked during their time here.
Updates can be found on the King Boston website, kingboston.org.
The Boston Foundation manages and invests the assets of the King Boston Fund as they are raised. The Foundation houses the office of King Boston and provides a fundraising platform for donations of all sizes.
You may support the development of the memorial to the Kings, and the work of King Boston, by donating here.
For questions about King Boston or making a gift, please contact Imari Paris Jeffries.