Category Archives: Massachusetts

Mass. anti-slavery hub to reopen after restoration

Step into the sanctuary of the African Meeting House and you will walk on the same ancient floorboards where Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and other prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, and where free black men gathered to shape the famed 54th Massachusetts Civil War regiment. Following a painstaking, $9 million […]

Political activism is part of black Boston’s DNA

Bay State Banner – The idea of public service is nothing new among Boston African Americans. In 1867, Edwin Walker and Charles Mitchell were elected to the state legislature and became the first black state legislators in the United States. From then until 1902, 13 different black men served at various times in the general […]

Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships Read more: Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships

Boston Business Journal – Applying a settlement obtained from a Theater District nightclub that allegedly discriminated against African Americans, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office donated $28,500 in grants Tuesday to four organizations that help black students obtain higher education. The money came from the February settlement in the case against the Cure Lounge nightclub in […]

Trial starts in alleged Obama-inspired church fire

A federal court jury in Massachusetts will be hearing opening arguments in the trial of a man charged with burning down a predominantly black church in Springfield because he was upset that Barack Obama was elected president. Opening arguments are set for Monday in the trial of Michael Jacques (JAKES’) at U.S. District Court in […]

Mass. church arson suspect wants confession tossed

One of three white men accused of burning down a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts just hours after the election of Barack Obama has told a judge he played no role in setting the blaze. Michael Jacques Jr. told a federal judge Thursday that investigators bullied him into confessing while he was going through […]

Mass. Gov. Patrick swears in Roderick Ireland; 1st black chief justice of state Supreme Court

Gov. Deval Patrick has sworn in the first black chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Roderick Ireland replaces Margaret Marshall. As chief, Ireland will oversee the state’s sprawling court system, which has been plagued by high caseloads, budget challenges and allegations of political favoritism. Gov. Patrick, the state’s first black chief executive, says […]

Patrick picks Massachusetts’ first black chief justice

Deval Patrick, the first black governor of Massachusetts, on Thursday nominated Roderick L. Ireland to be the first African-American chief justice of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Ireland, currently the senior associate justice on the high court, would replace the retiring Chief Justice Margaret Marshall if he’s confirmed by the Governor’s Council, a process that […]

Patrick wins re-election as Mass. gov.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick bucked the anti-incumbent, pro-Republican trend and won a second term Tuesday with the help of some of the political advisers who hope to do the same in two years for his friend President Barack Obama. Patrick, a black Democrat with an Ivy League resume that resembles Obama’s, defeated Republican Charles Baker, […]