|The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, part of The Big Dig Project in Boston, is one of the widest cable-stayed bridges in the world. Often seen as a Boston landmark defining the Boton skyline on TV and film. It is exceptionally beautiful when lit up at night. More|
Leonard P. Zakim
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Leonard P. "Lenny" Zakim (1953 - December 2, 1999) was a religious and civil rights leader in Boston. Zakim died in 1999 after a 5-year battle with cancer.
Civil Rights Advocacy
He was also one of the founders of The Team Harmony Foundation, which works to inspire young people to avoid bigotry, racism, and anti-semitism, and which holds an annual convention which has had over 40,000 participants. Lenny Zakim and the Rev. Charles Stith founded an annual Black-Jewish Seder in Boston which inspired many interfaith Seders with Catholic, Protestant and Jewish participants in Boston and nationally.
Lenny Zakim served as a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and was active in the Gubernatorial and Presidential election campaigns of Michael S. Dukakis. He was a close advisor to Steven Grossman when Grossman was Chairman of first the Massachusetts and then the National Democratic Party.
For bringing together Catholics and Jews in Boston, he was honored with The Knighthood of St. Gregory from Pope John Paul II. He also received an honorary degree in humane letters from Brandeis University and numerous other awards for leadership in human rights.
Because he was known to "build bridges" between Boston's racial and ethnic communities, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was named in his honor.
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