In Dorchester, a community celebration of Martin Luther King

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In a fluorescent-lit Dorchester hall, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy burned bright for more than three hours this morning during a homespun celebration of the late Baptist preacher and civil rights activist.

About 175 people filled the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, a Masonic temple on Washington Street, where they ate kielbasa, grits, eggs, at the annual MLK community breakfast.

“I enjoy every minute of doing this,” said Lillie Sumpter, 73. “Dr. King means everything to me. He was a role model for so many. I am just so happy to be able to honor him, because of all the good that he did.”

The community celebration for King was first held in 1991, and was planned to create an affordable option for families. Tickets cost $15 per person, compared to $50 for the city’s annual MLK breakfast, which drew the state’s top political and business leaders to the convention center in South Boston.

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