Many of us have had the opportunity to visit The Embrace, the sculpture that honors the time that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King spent in Boston. The installation also honors 69 Boston-area civil rights leaders who were active from the 1950s through the 1970s. Their names are engraved on bronze plaques in the 1965 Freedom Plaza, the circular plaza on which the Embrace resides.

This month, The Boston Globe is honoring those men and women in Black History Now, a series of articles that will profile these individuals. Of the 69 heroes, 20 are still living.

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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