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Reverend to discuss working with MLK in Boston

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 6, 2011 02:22 PM

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Neighborhood native, former state representative and retired pastor Michael Haynes will discuss his experiences working at a Roxbury church alongside Martin Luther King Jr. as part of a speaker series the week the country celebrates the King's birth.

Haynes and King both joined the Twelfth Baptist Church’s ministerial staff in fall 1951 and became friends.

Haynes, who went on to become a political insider and work closely with at-risk youths, led the church from 1964 until retiring and becoming a pastor emeritus in fall 2004. The 83-year-old Roxbury native is expected to discuss his ministry and his experiences as a colleague of King.

Hayne’s talk will be held at Haley House Bakery Café at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 – four days after the date King would have turned 82 and two days after the national holiday celebrating his birth. The event will be co-sponsored by the café and fellow nonprofit Discover Roxbury.

The speech is free with dinner available to purchase starting at 5 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The talk is an installment in a series of Roxbury-related history talks, including one last month on the history of the Somali community in Boston.

For more information, visit www.haleyhouse.org and www.discoverroxbury.org.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.

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