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NBC10, Globe present ‘Embrace: The Kings’ a special on the Kings’ time in Boston

Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the crowd at the Patrick Campbell School in Roxbury during a visit to Boston on April 22, 1965.Paul Connell

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, NBC10 and The Boston Globe are co-presenting a special about the civil right activist and his wife, Coretta Scott King. It’s called “Embrace: The Kings” and it focuses on their time in Boston, where they first met. The special will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the night before the unveiling of the Boston Common monument dedicated to the pair, called “The Embrace.” It will also be available to stream on Peacock, Roku, and BostonGlobe.com.

The Kings met in Boston in the 1950s, when he was a Ph.D. student at Boston University and she was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music. In April 1965, a month after the violence at Selma, Ala., King spoke at a Boston freedom march of over 20,000 people that went from Roxbury to Boston Common.


“Little did I imagine that such a day was possible when I walked through this same Boston Common as a student 10 years ago,” he said that day, referring to his years at BU. “This will go down as one of the greatest days that Boston has ever seen.”

The Friday unveiling of “The Embrace” on the Common will stream live on NBCBoston.com and on Peacock from noon-3 p.m.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.