This week's Embrace Ideas Festival for Juneteenth
Boston’s Embrace Ideas Festival kicks off this week with a Juneteenth Concert at The Embrace memorial.
Why it matters: The festival is meant to be a blueprint for how the city — and the rest of the country — should observe Juneteenth.
Zoom in: People know how to celebrate Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, but they don’t necessarily know how to observe the holiday commemorating Black emancipation from enslavement, says Imari Paris Jeffries, head of the nonprofit Embrace Boston.
- “If Boston can redefine and reimagine itself as a place of equity, I think it gives America permission to do the same,” he says.
What’s happening: Amandi Music, Boston Arts Academy’s Spirituals Ensemble and the Voices of Embrace Choir will take the stage at Wednesday's concert on the Common near The Embrace, which starts at 10:30am.
- The festival will continue through Friday with panels and talks by historian Annette Gordon-Reed and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.
- It ends with a block party on Friday, days before the official Juneteenth holiday.
- Local chefs Olrie Roberts and Dethie Faye will battle on Friday for the best soul food and creole food title.
See the full schedule.
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