In Early America a small group of Africans were brought to Boston from Angola and the Caribbean on a cargo ship named "Desire." In 1638, they stepped into Boston as slaves owned by Bostonian merchants.
Leaving African tradition behind was not an option for them like some Blacks are able to do today -- BBP, that is before Black Panther, the movie made its impact.
The first Africans in Boston assimilated with conservation Puritan culture while reaching out to each other, no matter how far apart the masters had placed them. A Black man and a woman had a young one. They made families. The first Black Boston community formed. Black people were at the nucleus of Boston's foundation since its inception. Our contributions continues to evolve and make a difference today.
The African American oriented Online Guide to Black Boston.
African Americans are 23% of Boston's population. From our companion suburb named Milton, the first African American Governor of Massachusetts was elected in 2006. Over on the Cambridge side across the Charles River, the honorable President of the United States Mr. Barack Obama became the first African American Governor of Massachusetts in 2006, an office he held for eight years.
Boston's Black population is 23 percent equal to 150,000 people of Boston's 600,000+ resident population. The zip codes 02119 thru 02126 cover neighborhoods named Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan where a majority of Boston's Black African Americans, Jamaicans, Caribbeans, Haitians or other people of color live. Randolph, the sister town to Boston has a 40% black populationa and the highest concentration of blacks in a city or town in Massachusetts.
Only one Black Middle Class
Cluster is in Boston. OMG!
Its in Hyde Park. Two are in Stoughton, a suburban town near Boston. One is in Milton in the burbs. There are more than 500 White middle class clusters in this region compared to four Black middle class neighborhood clusters. The Cluster is where blacks are 15% of the population with household earnings of $75,000 annually and a college degree. So there you go, that's today's middle class look. What do you tell a Black person when they ask you where to live in Boston? Ans: Tell them go where the housing cost is about 35% of income where its safe to be.
Middle Class and Upper Middle Class and RICH and POOR BLACK BOSTON PEOPLE are scattered all over Boston Proper. Few are bunched in middle class clusters. This creates a lack of power and influence situation in politics and clout brokerage. The Black mayoral candidate in 2017 failed to carry the Black commumity majority. In White communities, it was virtual washout. He lost 65 points to 30 something. Blacks had the numbers to elected him. We #failed.
In a recent newspaper series examining critical quality of life issues for Blacks in Boston, it has been determined that Boston sucks! in how well Blacks are doing in 2017, when compared to other cities of similar size and scope. (BOSTON GLOBE SPOTLIGHT TEAM article series titled RACISM. IMAGE. REALITY. 2017)
Nationally, 21% of Africans Americans make $75,000 a year. Black billionaires around the country have come out of the closet. We've seen them making software products, running coding camps for minority kids, teaching baseball skills to juniors, supporting our cultural and heritage institions and participating in Black empowerment.
But, studies found the financial strength of the average African American household is worse today than it was in the year 2000. Imagine that!
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Summary: Black Business owners receive millions of Massachusetts government spending dollars from bid wins, contracting and consulting. The numbers add up under MBE or Minority Business Enterprise participation.
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Soledad O'Brien started her career under Sarah Ann Shaw whom she gave tribute to during the Urban League's State of Black Boston reunion 2014.
Local television outlets have many brown faces these days. Old timers say there used to be more than there are now. TV news reporters and on air hosts show off the diversity of what a majority-minority city is. It is a Pan African mix. African Americans are not the majority group on air. The public affairs show format is a mainstay anchor for the Blacks on TV category. Karen Holmes hosts CityLine Sunday mornings, Callie Crossley does Greater Boston and Basic Black on Friday nights - she is on daytime GBH radio too, and Byron Barnett brands the Urban Update TV show on Sunday mornings.
Basic Black produced by WGBH is the longest running public affairs television program in Boston. The Comcast public affairs station BNN-TV Channel 23 showcases producers of color from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.
Some say it was thirteen, others don't know for sure how many Africans there were on that boat. Carried as cargo by merchant traders, a group of African men and women came to town aboard the ship named Desire in 1638, 17 years after Pilgrims founded Massachusetts Colony.
The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.
An important Civil War stature of African Americans is the U.S. 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the Capitol building on Beacon Hill.
Logan airport taxi pool cabs are there at any time. 0People departing very early in the morning or arriving very very late can find a taxi if no other ride is available. Taxis work great for short distances. Car service from a smartphone apps is cheaper for going longer distances. A Boston taxi cab metered rate is $5.40 cents per mile. Suburban taxis charge $4.00 for the first mile and $3 for each additional mile. Boston taxis use a Flat Rate Chart based on $3.40 per mile for long distances. <
A city bus cost $2. The Logan Express Shuttle bus is $5 from stops around Boston Back Bay and center Boston. A taxi to the airport runs $35. The airport taxi pool is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Ask cab drivers about the $35 flat rate to Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Quincy and other towns. Airport taxis to hospitals in the Longwood area run $35. Foxwoods Football stadium is $95. Fenway park is $35. The Boston College Football stadium is approximately $60 in a taxi from the airport.
Airport Taxi Pool
The airport taxi pool comes in handy for early morning flights and arrivals after midnight.
Search Boston area hotels and book a room on AboutBlackBostonOnline.com. SORT ON PRICE. Look for the HOMESTAY brand. HOSTEL offers are really cheap during certain parts of the year. Boston offers a wide variety of hospitality accommodations. Meeting planners pay big bucks to hotels for blocks of hundreds of rooms. The reduced rates they receive are instructive. When you know the numbers, it could help you negotiate your room rate. You will find that hotel prices are a bit lower the further out you are from the city.
Logan International Airport processes over 11 million passengers a year. The airport is across from Boston on the other side of Boston Harbor. Its in East Boston. Inexpensive shuttle buses go there. UBER and LYFT go there. Boston Taxi Cabs are convenient.