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(NECN: Leslie Gaydos, Boston) - The 44th annual Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast was held Monday in Boston.
It was a wonderful morning filled with music and inspiration as Bostonians gathered to remember and keep alive the work of Dr. King.
"In the aftermath of the marathon bombings last April, I saw the spirit of kindness and common cause take hold. I saw us help the stranger and comfort the afflicted. I saw us stay focused on healing each other and our community" said Gov. Deval Patrick. "It's my hope and prayer on this MLK Day that before I'm gone from this Earth, I see that kind of grace again, brought to bear to address the daily calamities around us all."
"As we celebrate Dr. King, we must not just honor his life and his work," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "We must remember his life's work goes on."
Former Mayor Tom Menino received the True Compass Award, given to individuals whose life work has contributed to the promotion of social justice, racial equality and civil discourse.
Menino said he was humbled to receive it.
"Dr. King's crusade is not over. There are still people in society who don't have the advantages we have," said Menino. "When you're mayor of a city, you make a vow to represent all the people. Not just some of the people. I took that very seriously."