St. John St. James Church, Roxbury

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1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally on Boston Common

The MLK Rally on Boston Common provides some background for understanding the climate in Boston for Boston's churches, including St. John and St. James (three years before the St. John St. James merger).

The Rev. James Breeden, canon at St. James, and Rev. John Harmon, who was at one point Rector of St. John's, and then the director of the interfaith center Packard Manse in Roxbury, were on the leadership board of the Boston unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which organized the rally.

February 9, 2020