Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy
On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, we celebrate his life and legacy. His work as a pastor, activist, and leader of the civil rights movement is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Dr. King earned his doctoral degree and an honorary degree from Boston University. We are proud to honor his memory and the role Boston played in his growth and emergence as an unparalleled champion for our vulnerable and disenfranchised neighbors and as a compelling voice for equity, justice, and peace.
Also receiving an honorary degree with Dr. King and pictured above is Jennie Loitman Barron, remembered as an American suffragist, accomplished lawyer, and judge. She was the first woman to present evidence to a Grand Jury in Massachusetts, the first to prosecute major criminal cases, the first woman judge appointed for life to the Boston Municipal Court, and the first woman appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court. Judge Barron’s legacy lives on through the work of her granddaughter, CLA’s Deputy Director Faye B. Rachlin, and the rest of her family.
Every day, Community Legal Aid staff are honored to continue the work begun by Dr. King –fighting against discrimination, inequality and injustice.