They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Roslindale, MA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Roslindale, MA. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Roslindale, MA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Roslindale, MA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Roslindale,MA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
Prince Kalu still isn’t sure what happened to the DJ who was supposed to provide the music at a 2016 wedding his friend was attending. “He had set up his equipment and then he disappeared. The bride and groom were in tears. My friend called and said, ‘Hey bro, you gotta come right now.’ I said ‘I’m not really a DJ,’ but they drove to where I was living in Roslindale and picked me up.”At the time Kalu was getting his master’s degree at Northeastern University and had only DJ’d...
Prince Kalu still isn’t sure what happened to the DJ who was supposed to provide the music at a 2016 wedding his friend was attending. “He had set up his equipment and then he disappeared. The bride and groom were in tears. My friend called and said, ‘Hey bro, you gotta come right now.’ I said ‘I’m not really a DJ,’ but they drove to where I was living in Roslindale and picked me up.”
At the time Kalu was getting his master’s degree at Northeastern University and had only DJ’d in public a few times, but it didn’t take him long to get the music going and the wedding’s dance floor full. “I got a $500 tip and decided this is what I wanted to do.”
As DJ Prince, Kalu is now one of the hottest US-based spinners of Afrobeats, the modern West African sound that has made Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido global superstars. A frequent presence when top Afrobeats artists grace American stages, Kalu opened up Burna Boy’s sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden last April, an evening many consider the genre’s biggest night to date. This year DJ Prince was named the “Best African DJ USA” at the AFRIMMA Awards. (The Houston-based pan-African music awards have a separate category for DJs based in Africa.)
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Afrobeats was just beginning to achieve international recognition in 2010 when, as a dancehall reggae-loving high school student, Chibuzor Prince Kalu moved from his native Nigeria to Dorchester. Kalu went on to get both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Northeastern. (And he isn’t done with school yet: He hopes to finish his PhD in corporate governance in 2023.)
While Kalu was juggling grad school and a job in sales, a friend asked if he could store his DJ equipment in Kalu’s apartment, and he would occasionally offer pointers on basics like song transitions. One day, after a particularly grueling work meeting, Kalu went home and blew off steam by bingeing DJ tutorial YouTube videos. As his DJ skills improved, Kalu posted videos of his efforts on Snapchat.
When a friend asked him to DJ a birthday party, Kalu’s business-school training came into play. “I asked about the demographics of the people at the party so I could figure out how to best serve them,” he recalls. It’s an approach he still uses. “It’s important for you to know your audience and to understand how to entertain them. You can’t use the same approach for every event.”
Kalu’s first major concert appearance came during a Wizkid show in Providence in 2019. But, like all DJs, he had to revert to streaming during the COVID lockdown, often attracting thousands of viewers for his Instagram Live feeds. Fate again intervened when he opened a Houston show for Omah Lay in 2021. The artist’s usual DJ couldn’t make the tour, so after his set Kalu was tapped for the rest of the singer’s dates. “I flew home, packed my stuff, and flew right back to join the tour,” he says.
When on tour, Kalu arrives hours before showtime to make sure the sound system will be up to par when the star takes the stage. Once the doors open, “your job is to make sure that the energy level is high so when the artist comes on they’ll have an excited audience.” In the coming year, that job will take him back to Nigeria, where he’ll be DJing for the first time.
Kalu acknowledges that Boston doesn’t have the Afrobeats audience that Houston, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C., boast. But that’s changing: Burna Boy filled the Leader Bank Pavilion in July, and Wizkid’s March show at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway is already sold out. Afrobeats DJ parties happen in town several times a week, and Kalu still appears at them when he’s not on tour or playing weddings. He’ll be spinning at the W Hotel’s weekly Sunday Afrobeats brunch and day party on Jan. 8.
“In 2018 I’d play Afrobeats in Boston and someone would walk over and slam my laptop shut! Now some of the same venues that didn’t want it before are asking for a whole night of Afrobeats,” he says. “It’s been amazing to see the growth in the music in Boston in a very short time. I want to start developing local artists and put Boston on the Afrobeats map internationally.”
Editor’s Note: It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and while you may be looking to stick to that resolution of shaving off a few pounds, we’re picking back up where we left off to fill you with nothing but the most up-to-date info on nothing but the best comedy happenings around the region. With homegrown talent, national headliners, and open mics galore highlighting the calendar, the plethora of powerful comedy in and around the city continues to climb higher than that electric bill, and we&rs...
Editor’s Note: It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and while you may be looking to stick to that resolution of shaving off a few pounds, we’re picking back up where we left off to fill you with nothing but the most up-to-date info on nothing but the best comedy happenings around the region. With homegrown talent, national headliners, and open mics galore highlighting the calendar, the plethora of powerful comedy in and around the city continues to climb higher than that electric bill, and we’re here to help you take a bit of a breather from the first-of-the-year stresses. Live entertainment continues to make its way back into our social lives — mask up! stay safe! — and so we always want to make sure you know about cool stuff going on in the world of comedy. Enter Mic’d Up, our ongoing weekly series that details the best live comedy shows to consider as you head out and about. Below find our rundown for this week, through Sunday (January 22).
Although the setting of The Comedy Studio has changed a bit over the past few years, here’s to hoping the near-finished space in Harvard Square is the final resting place for the legendary club. Join Rick Jenkins, Katlin McFee and a few surprise guests as they push towards the financial finish line of getting the club back up and running.
THE COMEDY STUDIO FUNDRAISER :: Wednesday, January 18 at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St. in Somerville, MA :: 7 p.m., $20 :: Advance tickets
There ain’t no party like a Tooky Kavanagh party, because a Tooky Kavanagh party don’t stop. Cruise on over that midweek hump and join one of the area’s best comedy talents as she unleashes yet another display of creative force in an environment that is both comfy and packed to the gills with delicious pizza and brews. That’s a win-win if we’ve ever seen one.
TOOKY KAVANAGH :: Thursday, January 19 at The Square Root, 2 Corinth St. in Roslindale, MA :: 8 p.m., $5 :: Event Page
Sometimes, a little bit of soothing vibes goes a long way, and that’s what we’re hoping for when the Adult Swim star returns to Massachusetts on his Comedy In Ice winter tour. It’s not very often we’re graced with the presence of a soft-spoken comedy juggernaut like Pera so soon after his last visit to the area, so if he wants to talk with us again, we are more than willing to listen.
JOE PERA’S ‘COMEDY IN ICE’ TOUR :: Friday, January 20 at Academy Of Music Theatre, 274 Main St. in Northampton, MA :: 8 p.m., $35 :: Advance tickets
There are plenty of artists that come to mind when you think of the pillars of stand-up comedy. But not many, if any, embody the passion and commitment behind their comedic force like Goldthwait does, even after more than 40 years in the game. It’s not very often we get the chance to see him this close up, so take advantage of the opportunity while you can.
BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT :: Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at Off Cabot, 9 Wallis St. in Beverly, MA :: Friday at 6 and 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 7:30 p.m., $30 :: Advance tickets
Mayor Michelle Wu is ramping up plans to propose a form of rent control in Boston.The proposal, which has not been formalized yet, would tie the allowable rent increases in numerous apartment buildings to inflation, The Boston Globe reported. It would also limit increases to 10% per year.The plan was shared with a study group this week, and a spokesperson fo...
Mayor Michelle Wu is ramping up plans to propose a form of rent control in Boston.
The proposal, which has not been formalized yet, would tie the allowable rent increases in numerous apartment buildings to inflation, The Boston Globe reported. It would also limit increases to 10% per year.
The plan was shared with a study group this week, and a spokesperson for the city confirmed the details of the proposal with the Globe.
Specifics could still change, and both City Council and state officials would need to sign off on it. Wu and her team appear to be modeling their plan on rent control policies that have been recently implemented in Oregon and California, according to the Globe.
Buildings opened in the last 15 years would be exempt, as would small owner-occupied properties like triple-decker houses.
The proposal would allow landlords to increase rent by 6% plus the consumer price index, which measures inflation, the Globe reported. The total increase could not exceed 10% in a year, and tenants would be protected by a “just cause” eviction ordinance
Boston remains one of the most expensive cities for renters in America, and Wu incorporated rent control into her campaign for mayor. Last March, her administration announced the Rent Stabilization Advisory Committee to examine “successful” rent stabilization programs in other cities and determine how similar programs would impact Boston. The committee hosted a series of public listening sessions throughout the spring and summer.
Massachusetts voters eliminated rent control throughout the state in 1994. Greg Vasil, CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board said that he opposes the idea of bringing it back.
“Rent control is a failed policy solution that won’t help the dire need to create housing in Boston and across the Commonwealth. Rent control, also known as rent stabilization, has been shown to decrease housing production of future units, as well as discourage upkeep and maintenance of controlled units. Limiting housing construction now, when the BPDA permitted the lowest number of units in 2022 than it had in nearly a decade, would only exacerbate the city’s housing crisis,” Vasil said in a statement sent to Boston.com.
Over the last decade, rental prices have increased significantly. From 2012 to 2022, the average asking rent per unit rose 31% in the Fenway/Mission Hill neighborhood, the sharpest increase in the city. It rose 29% in the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area, and 24% in Allston/Brighton, according to CoStar data analyzed by the Globe.
Vasil said that another impact of rent control would be a limit on tax collections, which would hinder a city government that depends heavily on this source of revenue.
“Instead of pursuing rent control, Mayor Wu and the City Council should focus on pro-housing policies to move Boston forward not backward,” Vasil said in a statement. “The city should eliminate red tape and encourage production – steps critical to helping the region overcome the housing crisis.”
With spring arriving and summer around the corner, many people are looking for fun activities to do. Anna VanRemoortel, Executive Director of the Roslindale Village Main Streets, shared a list of upcoming events in the neighborhood with the Gazette:The Roslindale Farmers Market – Our market opens on June 4th and runs through November 19th. The market is every Saturday from 9-1:30 at Adams Park in Roslindale. Opening Day will be an event full of music, children’s activities, and a ribbon cutting by Mayor Wu. While the marke...
With spring arriving and summer around the corner, many people are looking for fun activities to do. Anna VanRemoortel, Executive Director of the Roslindale Village Main Streets, shared a list of upcoming events in the neighborhood with the Gazette:
The Roslindale Farmers Market – Our market opens on June 4th and runs through November 19th. The market is every Saturday from 9-1:30 at Adams Park in Roslindale. Opening Day will be an event full of music, children’s activities, and a ribbon cutting by Mayor Wu. While the market happens at Adams Park, there will also be an art market happening at the same time on Birch St Plaza (more details on this event to come). More info on the farmers market can be found at roslindale.net/farmers-market.
Birch St Plaza – This is one of the new and popular public spaces in Roslindale which RVMS volunteers and staff are now programming. We’ll have pop up events throughout the season including a plant sale on May 17th from 3-6pm. The Thomas M Donahue Roslindale Parade Gala will also be on Birch St Plaza this Friday at 5:30. Keep an eye out for more Birch St Plaza pop up events on our calendar and email newsletter! For more info, visit roslindale.net/birchstplaza.
The Substation – The Roslindale Substation had its grand opening on May 12. The Substation is home to WorkHub, a co-working space, and a beautiful event space on the main level. They also have started a local brewery residency program where they will have brewers join for 4-5 month residencies. This summer they have Brockton Beer Company. The Substation beer hall is open Fridays from 4-10 and Saturdays from 12-10. The Substation also hosts pop up events. Every Saturday from 11-6, you’ll find a Rozzie Bound book store pop up. Check out The Substation’s full calendar of pop up events!
Roslindale Branch Library – The Roslindale Branch Library always has great events going on. They are having a yarn and book sale on May 19-21. Check out their calendar for all of their upcoming events, which can be found at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org/events/.
Local Business Events – The Square Root is a cafe that has weekly concerts and trivia nights. They often post events on their Facebook Page. The Rozzie Square Theater is a hub for all things comedy, magic, and improv. They even have drop-in improv classes for beginners! Check out their calendar here for upcoming events. Napper Tandy’s and Distraction Brewing also have weekly trivia and game nights. Birch Street Bistro also has live music every Thursday night at 8:30.
This is just a small sampling of the many events happening in Roslindale this spring and summer! To stay in the loop, visit our events page (https://www.roslindale.net/events) and sign up for our weekly email newsletter (https://www.roslindale.net/).
Organizations in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale that are working with the immigrant community were among six organizations in the the City of Boston to receive a mental health mini-grant from Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA).
Mayor Michelle Wu made the announcement this week that the Chica Project, the Family Nurturing Center for Massachusetts and the Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education will each receive $6,500 to help expand mental health programming for immigrant communities.
“Accessing traditional mental health services can be challenging for immigrant communities because of barriers from language and culture,” said Mayor Wu. “These nonprofits are providing mental health support in a way that meets residents where they are, and I am grateful that the City can support their important and timely efforts.”
The Chica Project will use the grant for trainings and conversations to address social and cultural factors that contribute to mental health challenges and suicide risks in Latinx and Black female students
The Family Nurturing Center for Massachusetts will use the money to hold two monthly Nurturing Circles and provide weekly opportunities to access affordable healthy foods for Cape Verdean immigrants in Roslindale, Dorchester, Allston, Brighton and Hyde Park.
Finally, the Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) will use the grant money to provide 10 small group sessions in Roslindale and Roxbury for Somali immigrant families with children with disabilities
“COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted our immigrant communities,” said Yusufi Vali, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. “As we address recovery efforts, we must prioritize mental health and explore innovative ways to help people heal.”
MOIA will partner with the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research to learn how the Community Healing Center Project with MAE and other awardees improve mental health resources for immigrants. The results will be used to guide the City’s future investments in programming.
As snow flew on Boston Common Monday, Nancy Onyejiaka gazed at the colossal figure, absorbing its features in contemplative silence: the round buttons adorning Martin’s sleeve, the string of beads encircling Coretta’s wrist, the grooves between their knuckles, the ridges in their fingers, their simple wedding bands.The Northeastern University student was underwhelmed when she saw photographs online of “The Embrace,” a 20-foot-tall sculpture depicting the interlocking arms of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife,...
As snow flew on Boston Common Monday, Nancy Onyejiaka gazed at the colossal figure, absorbing its features in contemplative silence: the round buttons adorning Martin’s sleeve, the string of beads encircling Coretta’s wrist, the grooves between their knuckles, the ridges in their fingers, their simple wedding bands.
The Northeastern University student was underwhelmed when she saw photographs online of “The Embrace,” a 20-foot-tall sculpture depicting the interlocking arms of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, in brown patinated bronze. Observing the monument beside her partner, Ethan Humphries, in person on Martin Luther King Day, Onyejiaka was moved.
“I was like, ‘What’s the message here?’” she said, about her first impression. “But I don’t think I looked at it close enough.”
Now she eyed it closely, joining a multiracial crowd of visitors who thronged “The Embrace” as morning gave way to afternoon. They snapped photographs of the imposing structure at all angles on their cellphones, marveling at its larger-than-life details, exploring its snow-covered bends and curves.
Designed by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, “The Embrace,” unveiled Friday, has drawn plenty of controversy on the Internet for its portrayal of the disembodied arms of the country’s most famous Black civil rights leaders; some critics called it ugly or insulting. Art is subjective, after all.
But perhaps “The Embrace” is best appreciated up close, remarked Host Valcin, of Dedham, who couldn’t resist sliding his gloveless hand against the monument’s smooth surface.
“I think it’s definitely designed more for when you see it, when you feel it,” Valcin said. “It’s beautiful. It speaks volumes.”
Valcin’s oldest son, 11-year-old Noah, thought so, too, knocking on the sculpture with his elbow and wondering if it was hollow. At first, Noah, a fifth-grader, admitted he didn’t want to go out to see the statue on his day off from school. But his mother and father insisted on bringing Noah and his younger brother, Nick. Noah changed his mind about “The Embrace” upon seeing it for himself and came away with a new understanding of its depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.
“He’s kind of like a superhero,” Noah said.
Valcin wanted his children to “know their history,” he explained, a sentiment he shared with several other Black parents who made the pilgrimage Monday to the monument. Isis Patterson, of Beverly, made an impromptu trip to Boston with her son, 10-year-old Kaiden, and infant daughter, Genevieve, in tow. She cradled Genevieve on her hip, while Kaiden splashed in the puddles of melted snow that had pooled beneath Coretta and Martin’s hands.
Patterson said she was proud to be there, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Emotion swelled within her.
“Seeing how many people there are today, coming together to see this statue and honor him, it’s a feeling of, like, embrace I guess,” she said with a laugh.
Situated within another memorial, the 1965 Freedom Plaza, honoring local civil rights luminaries, “The Embrace” is based on a black-and-white photograph of Martin and Coretta, wrapped in a hug after Martin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The couple met as students in Boston in 1952. Martin returned to the city in 1965, where he led more than 20,000 people in a procession from Roxbury to Boston Common, the first major civil rights march in the Northeast.
Peering up at the sculpture, Courtney Small, of Mattapan, reflected on how much Boston has changed through the decades, particularly since his Dorchester boyhood, when he was bused to a predominantly white high school in Roslindale during the city’s violent busing crisis in the 1970s.
“So much has happened since that time, from [Black Americans] getting involved in politics to having the freedom to visit and interact with communities where you typically wouldn’t be welcome,” Small said. “Boston has a way to go, but it’s come a long way, too.”
Taking in the bronze memorial, Raymond Porch, too, was reminded of his Boston childhood. Porch grew up in a redlined neighborhood in Dorchester. He remembers hearing a middle school teacher read King’s sermon on the “ultimate measure of a man” at the end of the school year. Porch didn’t fully understand those words until he was in high school, attending a wealthy private school on a basketball scholarship where he was one of a handful of Black students.
“Being in an independent school and growing up in the projects was living in two different worlds, so when I think about Dr. King’s words, ‘the measure of a man,’ it’s about what you do when things are difficult. And what I did was focus on learning,” Porch said. “That’s how I approach the world at this point.”
Then Porch and Valcin locked eyes. Porch was Valcin’s old basketball coach at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Moments earlier, as they viewed the memorial, the men had bumped into each other for the first time in years.
“I’ll text you,” Porch promised, about getting together with their families again.
“We’ll make it happen,” Valcin said. “I love you so much.”
Before they parted ways, they hugged.