Boston expands efforts to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses a crowd, Monday, April 2, 2018, at the start of a remembrance on City Hall Plaza, in Boston, for Martin Luther King Jr.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is broadening its efforts to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Mayor Marty Walsh says the city will establish a monument to the civil rights icons on the historic Boston Common.

It’ll also create a “high-tech immersion experience” in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood and develop King-related programming with the neighborhood’s Twelfth Baptist Church, where King served as assistant minister in the early 1950s.

The projects are the result of community feedback from recent public meetings. They will be developed by five artists expected to unveil their proposals in September.

The Kings met as students in Boston. Martin Luther King received his doctorate from Boston University, and Coretta Scott King graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music.