Dad of toddler in viral hugging video speaks out: ‘It’s a beacon of hope’

By Ronnie Koenig

Best friends Maxwell and Finnegan became internet superstars after a video of the 2-year-olds running toward each other to share a hug on a New York City street went viral last September.

Amid worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd and racial injustice, the clip is resurfacing with a whole new meaning. Maxwell, who will turn 3 in July, is black, and Finnegan, 3, is white.

The little boys and their parents were included in Saturday’s CNN town hall in collaboration with “Sesame Street,” which focused on kids and racism.

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