Boston, Massachusetts 2021-09-20 12:55:56 –
Boston (WHDH)-Boston’s historic church, associated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a $ 1 million donation on Monday.
Dr. King and King Boston, a non-profit organization working to create a living monument and program honoring Coretta Scott King’s heritage, donated the money to the 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury.
“It’s at the heart of Boston’s Black Community … so there’s no other gift to an organization rooted in work and Dr. King’s values than contributing to the church he served and attended. Imari Paris Jeffreys said.
Jeffreys added that he actually met his wife in church while Dr. King was studying in Boston.
Rev. Willy Bodrick II says the new funding is a blessing.
“We already have a job trying to provide a safe place for our children and their families, so we will continue that job,” Bodrick said. “But at this moment, our community has so many big problems, such as affordable housing and gentrification issues, and I think we will continue to work on them.”
Governor Charlie Baker supports the Church’s efforts, saying there is currently $ 1 billion in front of Congress to support housing and home ownership in a color community that has been hit hard by the pandemic.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned during this pandemic, it’s that housing instability is a public health issue,” Baker said.
Since 2016, King Boston says it has raised $ 20 million to support racial equality in the city. They plan to use some of that money to build a new center for economic justice.
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