Massachusetts House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. visit

February 4, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House is working to create a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to the Statehouse.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday the House is working with the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus to create a memorial to the speech King delivered to a joint meeting of the Massachusetts House and Senate in the House chambers on April 22, 1965.

During that speech, King addressed the racial divide plaguing the country. He recalled the efforts of President John F. Kennedy, assassinated two years earlier, to define that strife as more than a political or sociological struggle, but as a moral problem.

DeLeo said the tribute will likely be similar to a plaque in the chamber commemorating an address Kennedy made to state lawmakers in January 1961.