MLK Boston Memorial Designs for Boston Common are in. Select the one you like or choose none.
It is time to choose a design for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King memorial installation for Boston Common. A request for proposals went out worldwide. The committee has selected semi-finalists. Now, the public is being asked by mlkboston.org to comment on them by October 16th. A final selection will be made by the evaluation committee in November 2018. The project is expected to cost $5 mil and will be completed in 2019. Three million dollars has already been raised.
Learn more at mlkboston.org/art/
The Black Political Revolution has been Televised and Boston's black political community took a bow for the successful election of Ayanna Pressley to Congress for District Seven that hovers over Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, MIT, Northeastern Unversiity, Berklee College of Music, Cambridge, Somerville, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Randolph and very interesting parts of Boston.
Rachael Rollins our new District Attorney's elect, will oversee Black Boston and Greater Boston's massive problems with police department relations, emloyment practices and the neighborhood conditions affected by crime, that produces a terrible public school system outcome in Boston. Then there is the racially infuenced problem blacks and people of color have when shopping for housing owned by whites. She is a criminal prosecutor but this too may get corrected under her watch.
Ayanna Pressley, Rachael Rollins
Both women are experienced African American professionals who know their way, but they have been blessed by invisible forces active in Greater Boston's Black Twitter, Black Facebook, Black Instagram & Black produced Social Media channels surrounding them, but they may not know that. This explains why. When media analysts credit demographic trends that show more and more people of color in the voting population, they miss the native breeze powering Blacks to electoral wins because it is silent and electronic. This whispering impact can be traced to the problem Blacks in Boston solved for themselves when they were feeling isolated while living and working here. They solved a collective personal problem while Boston power brokers ignored them.
Five years ago, many Black Urban Professionals would burn out of Boston because of isolation from their people. "There is nowhere for blacks to go and be around blacks" they would tell this web site feedback form, but this is not the case today. Black people have fixed their isolation problem in Boston. By fixing this problem, black politicians who can make you believe they are "the one," have been benefiting with votes and cash contributions from Blacks who now feel better about their surroundings. You don't credit demographic trends for this. You credit the problem solving work of Black Boston Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, What's App and other messenging apps and Web Sites and Blogs catering to Black readers in Greater Boston, for they have long been the glue that directed Blacks to each other who didn't know each other.
Now it is easier for blacks to organize blacks than it ever was. Blogging software, Eventbrite and Facebook apps, combined with e-mail lists distribute the messages in a highly targeted fashion. Sustainable black organizations have formed and they are doing group events and activities on a regular basis. Each one has a unique purpose for being. Collectively, the groups exist for one goal and that is to fix the "isolated-while-Black-in-Boston" problem Black individuals had been feeling.
This problem still persist among black students at private universities such as Northeastern, Boston University, Harvard and others, since the BBSN - Boston Black Student Network failed, but the problem has been largely beem solved for Black urban professionals, artists, creatives and other workers of color. If you are new to the city, you may feel it but not for long, once you start looking around at activities we post and see what other blacks are doing. Black groups organize events for themselves. Of course, everyone is invited and a few whites will attend but these physical Black meetups are mostly a Black thang. So no more excuses about "I am Black in Boston with nowhere to go and nothing to do around people who look like me" Black people! You have choices now you have always wanted.
And that is why Black politicians are winning. On average, Black group meetups collect 30 to 100 people in person at a single event. That's enough to TAKE OVER the average size bar / restaurant / movie screening room, and it happens frequently. Black politicians are rarely invited to appear in a political role at them yet they benefit beause the events create an environment for people to think about what they gonna do about x, y, and z and agree to do it in solidarity.
The Boston police department is being lead by an African American for the first time since the city was chartered in 1630. William Gross, an African American, took charge in August 2018. Black Boston's community is hoping for better police protection, fewer unsolved crimes, better community relations with police department, more diversity on the police force, and more. In the Roxbury community, the intellectual and historical center of African American culture in Boston, it would be a great thing when citizens feel better about the Boston police department.
Historic Faneuil Hall, a magnet for Boston tourists, has become the target of a boycott lead by the New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan group of community organizations and clergy who have lobbied to have the name Faneuil replaced with Crispus Attucks, because Mr. Faneuil traded in slave cargo, while the mayor supports keeping the name intact while erecting a million dollar slave memorial that would resemble a slave auction block designed by a Mass College of Art professor. The NDC wants people to refuse to spend money there until the name changes. This year the Boston Red Sox changed the name of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park to Jersey Street out of similar concerns.
Click to take a quick video tour of an Underground Railroad pathway used by Blacks escaping slave catchers on Beacon Hill in Early Boston. Still functioning today, you will travel to the entrance of MAAH.ORG - the Massachusetts African American History Museum on Beacon Hill.
MBE enterprise projects
Today, Boston's African American community is a valuable part of Boston. Diversity is a featured highlight in the city's proposal to Amazon to become the host city for AMAZON HQ2. The first African American Governor of Massachusetts was elected in 2006. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama attended Boston area universities.
African American and minority developers are building Tremont Crossing, a 1.2 million square foot commercial and cultural hub with residential space and a museum featuring for African American culture and the arts. The project was spearheaded by the Director of the Boston's National Center for Afro-American Artists.
Where the Blacks Are in Boston
Beacon Hill Blacks left the hill when it became overcrowded with immigrants. Some say whites forced the blacks off of Beacon Hill. When touring the Black Heritage Walking Trail we learned about the flood of immigrants from Europe who settled in Beacon Hill. As the population grew from 600 Black households to over 2,000 new arrivals, Blacks felt overcrowded and moved. At the time, Beacon Hill was next to the sewage infested Charles River. It was dirty water, a cesspool of garbage and mess dumped by everybody in Early Boston. Air quality was poor. When black families had had enough they left Beacon Hill for cleaner air and more comfortable living space. And there were other factors.
Blacks transferred to a young Roxbury and Dorchester. Today, the absolute CENTER of African American Culture in Greater Boston is Roxbury, because Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Lous Farakhan, The New Edition and countless significant others made it so. Lower Roxbury connects to Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and the South End. Roxbury is bordered by Dorchester and South Boston. If you were a black moving into Boston in the 1900s from the South you would mlikely move to a Roxbury address. A year ago, the Massachusetts designated the Roxbury Cultural District and an organization by the same name was formed with a mission to develop the neighborhood's cultural assets and arts.
You'll find Roxbury in zip code 02119. view Roxbury population stats and demographic reports.
In Early America (1638), a small group of Africans were brought to Boston from Angola and the Caribbean on a cargo ship named "Desire." They stepped into Boston as slaves owned by Bostonian merchants.The first Africans in Boston assimilated with conservative Puritan culture while reaching out to each other, no matter how far apart the masters had placed them. Black men and women bonded. Families joined to form the first Black Boston community. They settled around Beacon Hill. For so long, Black people have been at the nucleus of Boston's explosive development since the city was chartered in 1630. Our contributions continue to impact the area. We do not know if any of the original Africans have descendants living in Roxbury today. If there are, we'd like to know more about this.
Black Business Finance
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.
- there are at least 2,866 minority-owned firms
- they won 11% more govenment dollars over last year
- 1,000 MBEs invoice Massachusetts government buyers
There is only ONE Black Middle Class Cluster in Boston
The Hyde Park area has it. Two Black middle class clusters around Greater Boston are in the Town of Stoughton, a suburban town near Boston. Another one is in the Town of Milton which connects to Black Mattapan.
But there are more than 500 White middle class clusters in the region compared to that tiny number of four Black middle class neighborhood clusters. These clusters are defined as a collection of residential blocks where blacks are 15% of population and have a household earnings of $75,000 annually and hold a college degree.
So there you go, that's today's Greater Boston middle class look. But don't be disturbed. Blacks with money live all over the area, not just in one cluster. What do you tell a Black person when they ask you where to live in Boston? We tell them to go where the housing cost is about 35% of income and where its safe to be.
The lack of having more Black middle class clusters can affect power and influence in politics and what you get as a citizen caring about black issues. But the Congressional District Seven is composed of 57% people of color. Close to 100,000 of its residents voted for either Ayanna Pressley or Mike Capuano. The black woman won. It is the only Congressional District drawn to help insure a "majority-minority" candidate could win.
A Black mayoral candidate in 2017 failed to carry the Black commumity majority. He didn't win in his own City Council District where he had a seat. He lost 65 points to 30 something. Blacks had the numbers to elected him. In a recent newspaper series examining critical quality of life issues for Blacks in Boston, it has been determined that Boston sucks! When Blacks in 2017 were compared to Blacks in other cities of similiar scope, Boston Blacks got the shaft. (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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Our smallwall.net affordable housing finder site list properties designated for income-restricted households who typically have less than $68,000 per year in annual income.
The applicants qualify for modern, new apartment rentals, older mixed use rentals, and homes and condos sold below the market rate. A lottery determines who gets the unit. These apartments have fixed priced rents. An average new Studio or 1BR apartment rents for $700-$1,100, depending on location. Individuals with Section 8 vouchers and other types of housing subsidy pay just 30% of their monthly income for properties only available by entering the lottery.
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.
A small group of Black Africans made Boston's first Black community. 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.
MassHealth is recommended for people who can't get great health care coverage from employers. Many have said the state of Massachusetts really takes care of people who are economically less fortunate than the richer middleclass and that's true. If you are in a hospital, start talking to a social worker there immediately. If you are seeking a home or employment, there are agencies setup to help you get what you need.
Airport taxi pool cabs are there all the time. The are cheap for short trips across town. Uber's that serve the airport are the higher priced SUV models. For flights running very early or very late, the taxi pool is useful. Ask us about competitive private car rates. 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.
The public city bus cost $2.10 without a day pass. Airports buses include the Logan Express Shuttle for $5. Catch it at Hynes Auditorium Back Bay. An express bus to the airport from suburban parking lots like Braintree cost $12 each way. Parking there is cheap. Taxi cab rates to Logan Airport vary by destination. Ask cab drivers for flat rates when traveling to nearby cities such as Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Waltham, etc. Many take taxis to the hospitals at Longwood. Those run $38-$42 each way. Patriots play football at Foxwoods. A cab from the airport runs about $95, but you can catch a scheduled train from South Station for $20 to the NFL football stadium. A taxi to Boston College Football runs $45-$55, to Fenway Park runs $40, to Brookline runs $40 ish.
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.
Boston Blacks and African Americans are growing in numbers. There is an influx of new Boston residents. New housing and office tower construction, and AirBnB rentals are pressing city issues.Facebook Page