Things to do on MLK Day in Boston

Celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bronze sculpture on Boston Common

Add seeing this monument to your MLK Day checklist.

Photo by @bretclancy

Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The civil rights leader continues to have a presence in Boston. There are now two permanent tributes to Dr. King in the city: “The Embrace” monument at Boston Common and the “Free at Last” sculpture at his alma mater, Boston University, where King earned his doctorate in systematic theology in 1955.

Bonus: Don’t miss the “Roxbury Love Story” mural by local artists Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs and GoFive, which celebrates the neighborhood where he met his wife Coretta Scott King.

Here are a few things to do today:

MLK Day Open House at the MFA
Free tickets are available in person on a first-come, first-served basis and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Head to Druker Studios to create your own wearable headpiece or crown using wire, beads, and other embellishments.

2024 Cambridge MLK Day of Service
Lend your “helping hands” in Cambridge from 2 to 5 p.m. to help make blankets and scarves, sort winter clothes, and learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Visit a Zoo New England location
Have a wild day of educational encounters and keeper chats at the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, which both offer free admission today.

Boston Children’s Chorus Tribute Concert
Tickets to the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert titled “In the Name of Love” start at $15.