Boston Mayor Kim Janey and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke about the significant impact the Twelfth Baptist Church had in the community of Roxbury on Monday as King Boston donated $ 1million. dollars.
“This gift is important because it will help continue this work around food insecurity, the work the black church has always done. A place where people have organized themselves, a place where people have sought refuge from the storm “said Janey. “The storm, still with us as we know, as COVID cases continue across our city and across our country and around the world, but we still have work to do.”
King Boston, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King while addressing economic and racial inequalities, donates to help amplify the work of the church in the community.
“This symbolically important initiative, but so much more, has the potential not only to change the conversation, but to change the state of issues related to equity, race and justice here in the Commonwealth,” Baker said.
âKing Boston gave me a sense of hope that this business may bring the whole concept of service here in the city and across the Commonwealth,â said Baker. “There is a lot to do, but there is a team on the pitch here who are ready to stand up, hold hands and make it happen.”
It was in September 1951 that Dr King began his stay in Boston, working and preaching at the historic Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury. The donation is part of the campaign for the Embrace Memorial on Boston Common, honoring the legacy of Dr King and Coretta Scott King.
âWe are so excited to receive this gift. We are grateful for all that has happened and all that is being done, we are grateful to King Boston and we believe it allows us to continue the great ministry work that we ‘did, “said Reverend Willie Bodrick II, senior pastor of Twelfth Baptist Church.” We are living in the midst of a global pandemic and we have been trying to meet that moment. “
The donation will benefit the work of the Twelfth Baptist Church, including supporting its food insecurity program, which helps more than 200 families, its former incarceration program, church social ministries and more.
Also present at the ceremony were Suffolk County Attorney Rachael Rollins, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Boston City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Annissa Essaibi George and King Boston Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries, between others.
âTwelfth Baptist is one of Roxbury’s anchor institutions and therefore to ensure that we are able to nurture a historic institution – which is so important to the community,â said Paris Jeffries. “This million dollars will benefit the Twelfth Baptist in a way that future generations can benefit from and experience.”
King Boston will also announce the nomination campaign and selection committee for Freedom Plaza 1965, a group of activists, educators, local artists and cultural leaders who will review and finalize the selection of Freedom Plaza winners. 1965, alongside Co-Chairs Tito Jackson and L ‘Merchie Frazier.
Members of the community will be able to submit potential names for Freedom Plaza 1965 online at www.kingboston.org/1965nominations from Monday. In addition, polling stations will be set up at a number of Boston Public Library branches and several places of worship across the city, enabling equitable community engagement for those who may not have access to Wi- Fi and technology.