On April 5th, I covered the 21st Annual Immigrants’ Day at the State House, sponsored by MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy) Coalition, an organization the Boston Foundation supported with seed funding 30 years ago and continues to support. Recently MIRA and other groups received emergency grants from the Foundation because of the tremendous increase in tensions in the immigrant community and other vulnerable communities.
One of the great rewards of working at the Boston Foundation is that we are constantly exposed to the tremendous diversity of our community and the immeasurable ways in which it strengthens Greater Boston. This is apparent through the data we analyze, the people we meet and the stories we tell.
As Michelle Obama said in her final speech as First Lady, “Our glorious diversity—our diversities of faiths and colors and creeds—is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are.”
The following is a personal story, but I can’t help but think that my receptiveness to the events depicted here were profoundly influenced by everything I have learned through the many years that I have been privileged to write about the work of the Boston Foundation.