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Conversations With Imari Paris Jeffries (5:30)

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 5:30 PM
Virtual; Registrants will receive the Zoom link prior to event date.

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Beacon Hill Village PRESENTS "Conversations With ImaRI Paris Jeffries" WEDnesday, February 2 at 5:30 PM.

Imari Paris Jeffries is Executive Director of King Boston, a nonprofit organization founded through The Boston Foundation in 2020 working to establish a 22-foot memorial sculpture,“The Embrace,” on the Common next year. The memorial will pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King and their work to further racial and economic justice here in Boston.

Since embarking on this flagship project, King Boston has greatly expanded its scope, and is now developing a 25,000-square-foot research-oriented Center for Economic Justice in Roxbury, as well as Embrace Ideas, a weeklong festival that engages the community in anti-racist discourse through the arts and humanities.

At this next installment of BHV’s speaker series “Converations With..” Imari Paris Jeffries will speak about his vision for King Boston, the influence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and what it's like to lead a new nonprofit during the pandemic. He will also describe how “The Embrace” and other core King Boston projects are progressing, and, more broadly, offer his take on both the progress and remaining challenges to addressing systemic inequities and furthering racial and economic justice here in Boston and beyond.

Nominations for Recognition on the 1965 Freedom Plaza

King Boston invites the ‘Beloved Community’ to help select and honor 65 of Greater Boston’s own historical leaders to be permanently featured on the ‘1965 Freedom Plaza’, which will serve as the foundation for The Embrace memorial. To be considered, these historical leaders must have been active during Boston’s Civil Rights movement between 1950 and 1970. Visit this page to learn more and submit your nomination.

This virtual program is presented with support from Cambridge Trust as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Conversations With… series. Registration required online in advance here or by calling Beacon Hill Village at 617-723-9713. Registrants will receive the Zoom invitation information in advance of the program. Free and open to the public. 

Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director, King Boston and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO

In June 2020, Imari Paris Jeffries was named Executive Director of King Boston, where he is leading a citywide racial equity transformation through the Embrace Memorial, the Center for Economic Justice, and community organizing efforts. Imari brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit management, racial equity, community activism, education reform, and social justice sectors and has served in executive roles at Parenting Journey, Jumpstart, Boston Rising, and Friends of The Children. He currently serves as a Trustee of the UMass System, Mass Humanities, Mass Budget, Policy Center, the United South End Settlement Houses, and Governor Baker's Black Advisory Commission. 


Most recently was the Executive Director of Parenting Journey with other leadership stints as Chief Executive Officer of the Italian Home for Children, Chief Operating Officer of Jumpstart, interim CEO of Boston Rising, and Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Boston. Imari has extensive professional experience in public, national, and nonprofit leadership and has supplemented his work with volunteer service on boards. These have included Jumpstart, the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, the Elizabeth Peabody House, the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, the Edward Brooke Charter School, The Providers Council, and Third Sector New England. 


Imari was recently named one of Boston’s most Influential Bostonians by Boston Magazine and the Boston Business Journals Power 50. He is a three-time graduate of UMass Boston and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. through UMass Boston's Higher Education Program. An Army veteran, Imari served from 1991-1996.  He currently lives in Hyde Park with his family.