Boston area to mark MLK Day on Monday with special events, some free museum admissions

Several events are planned in the Boston area on Monday to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau lists several events honoring King, a civil rights leader who fueled passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Monday’s events include:

The 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at 4 p.m., at Symphony Hall, Boston. The singers of Boston Children’s Chorus will perform. Ticket prices start at $15.

The 21st Annual MLK Breakfast Event featuring Tanisha Sullivan, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton. Free.

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The 53rd Annual MLK Memorial Breakfast, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. Cost: up to $50

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Annual MLK, Jr. Tribute Concert, at 1 pm. at Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston. Free, but tickets must be reserved before the event.

Brookline celebrates MLK Day, at 3 p.m. at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Free.

Also, several Boston-area museums are holding special events or free admission on Monday to honor King. They include:

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston. Event is sold out.

The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem.

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham are all offering free admission on Monday.

Monday’s events will be held following Friday’s unveiling of a 20-foot-high bronze sculpture in Boston Common titled “The Embrace,” which serves as a memorial to King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. The couple started their life together in Boston. The sculpture, which represents four intertwined arms, was modeled after a photo of the Kings embracing when MLK learned he had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929. He was assassinated in 1968 at age 39.

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