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Boston Police Dept logoBoston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross will be our next Police Commissioner. Named interim Commissioner by Mayor Marty Walsh upon the revelation that the current boss is retiring from the department Aug 4th, Mr. Gross has the distinction of being the first African American Police Interim Commissioner of Boston. The offical statement from City Hall acknowledged he is the first first person of color to lead the department. Boston's Black community has been critical of the police department. Boston Black history and heritage guides teach that Boston created the first police department ever in the United States. It was formed in Early Boston to catch runaway slaves.

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Faneuil HallHistoric 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.


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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.

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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.
Elma Lewis Tremont Crossing Development

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Our 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.


sculpture from a West Tisbury Gallery on Martha's Vineyard
gallery in West Tisbury

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View Local Black Owned Shops not usually found in MBE directories.
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These Black owned local shops were profiled on the Chronicles WCVB TV5 show.
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Blacks on TV and Museums


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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.
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.

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  • The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Boston does cases for people, groups and companies.Go to

  • Discrimination complaints start with MCAD -

  • Lawyers of color gather at

  • For Legal Assistance, contact the Boston Bar Association Referral Line (617) 742-0625
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