Gala event ‘embraces’ King memorial

Founding members of the Embrace Boston project include, from left, Liz Walker, Demond Martin, Dr. Kia Martin, and Rev. Jefrrey Brown. Photos by Flavio D Photography

Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance last Sunday evening for the Embrace ‘Sneaker Ball’ Gala at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport celebrating the unveiling of the Embrace Boston memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, which took place last Friday on Boston Common. The event invited attendees to wear their finest formal attire – tuxedos, gowns and sparkles – paired with their favorite sneakers for a night of self-expression, food, cocktails, and live performances from local musicians. The party was fueled by music spun by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Former at-Large City Councillor Annissa Essaibi George, Dorchester Reporter publisher Bill Forry, Embrace Boston executive director Imari Paris Jeffries, former State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and Daphne Principe-Griffin of the United Way.

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New England Patriot Devin McCourty and Michelle Powell.

DJ Jazzy Jeff had the ballroom at the Omni Boston jumping. Photos by Flavio D Photography

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