BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The first day of the Embrace Ideas festival in Boston kicked off Monday at the Omni Parker House, with Yolanda Renee King, 13, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday’s talks focused on fighting misinformation, demanding justice and providing a platform for new voices, and were just the start of a five-day celebration of Juneteenth in Boston. .
“A lot of this work is a miracle – it’s a lot of work, so you can’t just give up. It’s very rare that we can do something in just a week, you have to stick with it,” said King at the event. Festival officials said King’s speech comes at “a time when the ballot is being undermined and technology is being weaponized to distort the truth.”
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Other Embrace Ideas Festival speakers included Boston Foundation President and CEO Dr. Lee Pelton, best-selling author Heather McGhee and Director of Engaged Community Research at King Boston Dr. April Khadijah Inniss. to name a few.
Local, state and national leaders came together during the week to celebrate June 19, amplify anti-racism and a vision for a transformed Boston.
“Sometimes I hesitate and have a question, and then it’s almost like the answer is in my grandfather’s sermon,” King said.
WBZ’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.