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  • 1. Yancey Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey 2011 Dean of the Boston City Council August Volume 13, Issue 5Members of the Yancey family pose for a photograph during the 25th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair last July in Roxbury. Picturedabove are (l-r) Sarah Yancey, Stephen Charles Yancey, Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey, Marzetta Yancey, Derrick Yancey Jr., Der-rick Yancey, Sr. and Ashley Yancey (See pages 4 and 5)Yancey backs union members in contract dispute class citizens. I believe that all working people need to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. A strike was thwarted after the School Bus Drivers’ Union and First Student agreed to continue with summer negotiations. Other union supporters included the Greater Boston Labor Council, Massachusetts AFL- CIO, UNITE-HERE Local 26, the Womens Fightback Network, and the International Ac- tion Center. Yancey staffer, JaVonica Latson, and her 4- Councillor Yancey called for a moment of year-old niece, Aaniyah Kinn, attendCouncillor Yancey demonstrates with mem- silence to honor those who have lost their lives Charles C. Yancey’s 25th Book Fair last Julybers of United Steel Workers of America, Lo- fighting for the right to organize, so that orga- in Roxbury. See pages 4 and 5. 2011cal 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union. nized labor may exist in the City of Boston, YanceyBoston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and thedefended members of the United Steel Work- United States of America. Y2011ers of America, Local 8751, Boston SchoolBus Drivers’ Union, during a demonstration,  Do the Write Thing honors champs 2last June, against a labor contract proposed byFirst Student, Inc., the private bus company  Yancey favors DOC Commission 2that operates the City of Boston’s school bus  Outside Movie Night returns 3system.  Several elements of First Student’s labor Boston celebrates 25th Book Fair 4contract have been labeled by the union as anti  Native American Culture honored 6-union, and discriminatory.  Yancey welcome s Urban League 6 Councillor Yancey told the crowd of nearly CEO, Mark Morial, to Boston200 union supporters that they deserve a con-tract with decent benefits, and that they should Councillor Charles C. Yancey and USW Local  Yancey salutes Jah Jah Drummers 7 8751 Boston School Bus Driver’s Union or-continue to fight against all forms of injustice ganizer, Steve Kirschbaum, rally against First  Boston entrepreneurs showcased 7and exploitation. “The very people we trust totransport our most precious resource, our Student, Inc.’s proposed labor contract, which  Yancey pays tribute to veterans 8 union members called oppressive, anti-union,young people, seem to be treated like second- and discriminatory.  William E. Carter Post is revitalized 8
  • 2. Page Two Yancey 2011, August“Do the Write Thing” recognizes winners in Boston versity of Massachu- classroom discussions and in written form by setts/Boston. communicating what they have seen to be the DtWT is an initiative causes of youth violence as well as solutions to of the National Cam- help decrease violence in their communities. paign to Stop Violence, The writings of participating students were a non-profit organiza- reviewed by a panel of volunteers recruited by tion composed of com- a DtWT committee established for participat- munity, business and ing localities. Theses panels of volunteers then governmental leaders selected as a boy and girl from each school who have come togeth- who submitted the most responsive entries as er to reduce youth “school ambassadors.” violence in communi- The two winners from each city receive lap- ties across the United top computers and a trip to Washington, D.C., States. with one parent or guardian, during the Na- Over one million tional Recognition Week, July 16-20, 2011. students have partici- The National Campaign to Stop Violence pated in the DtWT publishes and places in the Library of Con-Do the Write Thing winners (l-r) Billy Santana, Arianna Pires, Challenge, since its gress a book containing the writings of all theRadames Ventura, receive awards and recognition from Steve Neville, inception. This year, national finalists.who is coordinator of Do the Write Thing, during the organization’s over 2,000 6th, 7th, Councillor Yancey and the Boston Cityawards ceremony last May at UMass/Boston in Dorchester. and 8th grade students Council commended the National Campaign to from Boston participat- Stop Violence for empowering students toBoston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey’s ed in the DtWT Challenge. It provides middle reduce violence in their own homes, schoolsoffice recognized winners of Do the Write school students with an opportunity to exam- and neighborhoods. Y2011Thing (DtWT) Challenge last May at the Uni- ine the impact of violence on their lives inYancey favors creation of Commission to oversee DOCBoston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey last called the lack of oversight a situation that is tinues to lead to bullying, suicides, and ran-June testified during a Massachusetts State not a healthy state of affairs for either the in- dom violence by those who have been exposedHouse hearing in favor of House Bill 1559, mates held in prisons, most of whom will re- to a prison culture of intimidation, brutal vio-legislation introduced by State Representative turn to their communities, for the staff who lence, rape and murder,” he asked. Y2011Kay Kahn to create a Massachusetts Correc- work in prisons, or for the public whose taxtions Commission as a permanent independentoversight commission for the Department ofCorrections (DOC). dollars are used to operate these systems. Publisher and community activist Jamarhl Crawford, in a telephone interview following YANCEY 2011 AUGUST, VOLUME 13, ISSUE 5 Yancey said a Commission could lead to the the hearing, called the Massachusetts prisonimprovement of public safety for inmates and system broken and in need of improvement. PUBLISHERemployees in Massachusetts prison facilities “There’s an epidemic going on,” he said, cit- Boston City Councillorand for Massachusetts neighborhoods and ing problems such as food deprivation, internal Charles C. Yanceycommunities with regard to successful re- corruption, smuggling of contraband, and sex-entry. He also said a Commission could imple- CHIEF OF STAFF ual and physical abuse inside the prisons. Lynnette Frazierment policies to decrease recidivism rates in Boston Phoenix staff writer, Chris Faraone,Massachusetts. “Human beings are released whose six-month investigation of the Massa- WRITER/EDITORfrom prisons more dangerous, more disabled, chusetts correctional system yielded a highly Kenneth W. Yarbroughmore wounded, and less prepared to assume acclaimed article, Trouble over Bridgewater,the role of responsible adults than prior to their testified that he had spent a lot of time, in- CONSTITUENT SERVICESincarceration,” he said. tensely investigating the DOC. “I came to Ernest “Duke” Bennett & Leslie Walker, executive director of Prison- understand the lack of oversight as the biggest Lorraine Fowlkesers’ Legal Services in Boston, called the pro- most shameful thing in Massachusetts, and it OFFICE SUPPORTposed Commission an inexpensive way to goes unmentioned,” he said. Edith Monroeinsure that, “Light shines in the dark corners of Others who testified included Reverend Wil-Massachusetts’ prisons. It will let legislators liam Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle INTERNand taxpayers know where their tax dollars are Church; Joanne Miranova of Press Pass-TV; Javonica Latsongoing. The current system of warehousing as Darrin Howell, ED of Drive Boston and for- Anastasia Walkeropposed to treating, training, and educating mer volunteer community advocate for DOC; TELEPHONEprisoners has resulted in public safety concerns and former DOC Commissioner Kathleen M.and inexcusably high recidivism rates,” she Dennehy. 617 635-3131said. Councillor Yancey said he supported and FAX Pace University Law School Professor Mi- encouraged swift passage of H.B. 1559 as is 617 635-3067chael Mushlin called independent, external currently written. “Without the help of govern- EMAILSoversight of conditions in correctional facili- ment, what are communities to do to address ccyancey@aol.com orties an essential tool for protecting human and reverse the hopelessness, mental illness, charles.yancey@rights in a closed institutional environment. He untreated anger, and the self-hatred that con- cityofboston.gov
  • 3. Volume 13, Number 5 Page 3BOLD Teens and Yancey present “Outside Movie Night” Boston City Councillor Unity, Faith, Hope, Courage, Justice, and Charles C. Yancey, B.O.L.D. Forgiveness. Teens, and the Codman Evaluations distributed following the screen- Square Neighborhood Coun- ings invited spectators to describe their own cil presented Codman perception of how these various themes of Square’s third annual Outside peace are embodied in the films. Movie Night this summer at Councillor Yancey noted that Outside Movie the Second Church of the Night is intended to entice members of the Nazarene in Dorchester. community to come out for a joyous and The movies, which were peaceful occasion. shown every Friday at 8:00 Alexandra Chery, program coordinator of p.m. at 600 Washington B.O.L.D. Teens and manager of Codman Street in Codman Square, Square Farmer’s Market, said Outside Movie included Wall-E on July 22, Night provides a safe atmosphere that attracts Peter Pan on July 29, and people to participate. “It feels good to see Despicable Me on August 5. people you’ve never seen before. People really The movies that were cho- love coming out,” she said. sen for this year’s Outside Cynthia Loesch, vice president of Codman Movie Night all incorporated Square Neighborhood Council, said B.O.L.D themes that were related to Teens and the Neighborhood Council are hop-Councillor Yancey joins members of B.O.L.D. Teens and the Louis D. Brown Peace Insti- ing to expand the concept of Outside MovieBoston Police Department during Outside Movie Night last year tute’s Seven Principles of Night to other neighborhoods throughout thein Codman Square. Peace, which include Love, community. “It’s super exciting to see a movie night in Codman Square,” she said. The Second Church of the Nazarene provides space on the side of its building for the mov- ie’s projection and for community members to sit on the grass. In case of rain, movies will be shown inside Great Hall across the street. B.O.L.D., which stands for Breath of Life Dorchester, is a youth-led organization that focuses on environmental and social justice issues impacting the health and safety of local communities. B.O.L.D. Teens started with four youth in the community that had personally been impacted by tobacco related illnesses within their fami-Yancey delivers keynote speech for Yancey addresses John D. O’Bryant lies. A few of its many achievements includeNew Mission High graduates School of Mathematics and Science persuading the Boston Globe to stop advertis- ing tobacco products, banning the sale of to-Councillor Yancey poses with New Mission Councillor Yancey, pictured with Dr. Deborah bacco products in all Boston pharmacies, andHigh School staff and students moments be- Dancey, principal of Channing Elementary creating tobacco warning labels to inform thefore delivering the keynote speech at New School and Steven Sullivan, headmaster of the community of the toxic chemicals found inMission’s graduation ceremony last June in John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and cigarettes and other tobacco products.Boston. Pictured (l-r) are Dorotea Manuela, Science, provided remarks for graduating sen- B.O.L.D. focused much on the impact ofchairperson of New Mission’s Governing iors during the John D. O’Bryant’s 115th com- tobacco and alcohol advertisements on youngBoard; Headmaster Naia L. Wilson; Salutatori- mencement exercise, last June in Boston. Sul- people in the City of Boston. The Teensan Margaret Wogbeh; and Valedictorian livan told students that he took special pride worked with local merchants to reduce tobaccoSermisha Darius. Yancey told graduates to and satisfaction in all that they had accom- and alcohol advertisements. They also devel-have gratitude toward their teachers, adminis- plished. “You have made your entire commu- oped a campaign to reduce advertisements intrators, and families. “You studied hard, you nity proud,” he said. Dr. Dancey, the first fe- magazines that appeal to youth audiences. Infocused, and you have overcome many, many male graduate of the John D. O’Bryant (Then addition, the Teens worked with the Massa-odds,” he said. Yancey praised New Mission’s Boston Technical High School) told students chusetts Banding Together Against AlcoholBoys Basketball team, the Titans, for winning that graduating does not mark the end of their Advertisements Coalition to reduce alcoholthe Massachusetts Division 2 State Title for journey. “It’s not over. It does not end here,” advertisements on the City of Boston’s publicthe past two years, even without gym facilities she said. Dancey served as an educator, a civil transportation system, where thousands ofat the school. Yancey urged students and ad- rights leader, member of the Army’s special youth travel everyday in Boston.ministrators to reach out and fight for what is forces, and the first female headmaster at Mad- Councillor Yancey praised the successfulneeded in the community. “I don’t want you ison Park School. The keynote address was efforts of B.O.L.D. Teens and the impact thatwalking around with your heads down, beg- provided by Dr. Joan Y. Reede, dean for Di- the group of teenagers has had on the entireging for what your community needs. I want versity & Community Partnership at Harvard City of Boston. “Their dedication and perse-you to demand it,” he said. New Mission, Medical School. She talked about the im- verance has improved the quality of life forwhich is located at 67 Alleghany Street in portance of finding one’s promise. “Each has a many residents of the City of Boston,” he said.Roxbury, has a strong emphasis on social jus- promise but it’s up to you to find out what Y2011tice and preparation for college entrance. your promise is,” she said.
  • 4. Page 4 Yancey 2011, AugustBertram Alleyne attends Yancey’s 25th Anniversary Book FairBertram S. Alleyne, II, who was born andraised in the City of Boston, has attended theCharles Yancey Book Fair every year since thebook fair’s establishment in 1987. CouncillorYancey and his wife, Marzetta, launched thebook fair as a means of promoting literacy andlove of reading among Boston youth. Alleyne said he loves to see the childrensmiling. “That’s why I come every year. Thesmile on their face is irreplaceable,” he said. Councillor Yancey said the book fair’s goalhas always been to attract community youthinto learning and becoming excited about life’svast opportunities. “The importance of readingmay not always be evident. But one commondenominator shared by many successful peo-ple is aspiration for reading and learning.Without exposure to knowledge, we becomeencapsulated in a shallow world and blockedfrom opportunities around us,” he said. This year’s theme, 25 Years of Traveling theWorld Through Books, accentuated the global Long-time Boston resident, Bertram S. Alleyne, II, achieves satisfaction observing the enrich-knowledge readers can obtain simply by read- ment and educational impact of the Charles C. Yancey Book Fair on Boston youth. Alleyne hasing. attended each book fair since Charles and Marzetta Yancey established the book fair in 1987.Diverse lineup of entertainers per- Gund Kwok performs Lion & Drag- Bay State Pipers provides tradition-forms at Charles Yancey Book Fair on Dance for book fair onlookers al Celtic music for book fair crowdTwo West African drummers receive assis- Councillor Yancey introduces Gund Kwok, the Matthew Phelps of the Bay State Pipers playstance on the microphones from radio personal- only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance traditional Celtic music on the bagpipes for anity Charles Clemons of Boston’s Touch 106.1 Troupe in the United States. The troupe, which inspired audience during the 25th AnniversaryFM. Clemons served as master of ceremonies provided entertainment for Yancey Book Fair of the Charles C. Yancey Book Fair. Phelps,during the 25th Anniversary of the Charles C. spectators, was established in 1998 to give who has been performing on the HighlandYancey Book Fair. Participants this year were Asian women an opportunity to express their Bagpipe since the age of eight, also plays theentertained by a diverse lineup of entertainers creativity, power and strength through per- Scottish smallpipes. Phelps has performed atthat included teenage rap sensation, Breje; forming the lion and dragon dances. The lion hundreds of events throughout New EnglandAgina’s West African Dancers; author and and dragon dances are art forms which require as well as in Canada, Panama, and Italy. Hestoryteller Robert Peters, Ritmo En Accion, a martial arts discipline, endurance, flexibility also provides instruction for the Boston PoliceLatin youth dance group; Celtic music provid- and creativity. The Chinese Lion Dance is Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums and is theed by the Bay State Pipers; Gund Kwok, an customarily performed during Chinese New Pipe Major of the Stuart Highlanders PipeAsian women’s lion and dragon dance troupe; Year to herald in the new year and bring pros- Band(Grade IV) of Wilmington, Massachu-12-year-old author and poet, Rebecca Noelle perity, good luck and peace. It is also per- setts. He is a member of TRI, a trio that playsVama; and Swaggo Inc., a dance troupe orga- formed at other celebratory events to bring Cape Breton music in the Boston area as wellnized by actor, dancer, and choreographer peace and good fortune. The dragon dance, a as at festivals across America. He is also aKaili Turner. Others who played a role in the form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, is professional member of the Eastern UnitedYancey Book Fair included Reverend Arthur a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations States Pipe Band Association. CouncillorGerald of the 12th Baptist Church who provid- held worldwide in Chinatowns around the Yancey said the diverse array of entertainmented prayer; Disc Jockey Gary Marion who pro- world. Gund Kwok, which means heroine in provided at this year’s book fair reflected thevided music and operated the sound system; Chinese, symbolizes womens power and theme, 25 Years of Traveling the Globeand Squadron Commander Carlton Jones who strength. Traditionally, womens power, Through Books. “We featured performancesled a Civil Air Patrol presentation and the strength and intelligence have been from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and West-pledge of allegiance. unacknowledged and hidden from public view. ern Europe.
  • 5. Volume 13, Number 5 Page 5Boston celebrates 25th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book FairOver 2,000 participants and volunteers packedinto the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Centerfor the 25th Annual Charles C. Yancey BookFair last July in Roxbury. Far removed from the Boston street violencethat dictates attention of local main-streammedia, hundreds of ecstatic children receivedback-packs stuffed with over 20,000 brand-new-books. Councillor Yancey thanked volunteers, spon-sors and participants for making this year’sbook fair an overwhelming success. He alsothanked Richard Evans for organizing thediverse roster of entertainment, and he thankedKeith McDermott, director of the Reggie Lew-is Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Com-munity College, for providing a venue for thisyear’s book fair. Councillor Yancey said the Charles C. Yanc-ey Annual Book Fair this year truly reflectedall neighborhoods of the City of Boston morerealistically than the persistent negative imag- Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey poses with some of the hundreds of children whoes portrayed in the mass media. attended the 25th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair on July 9, 2011 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts.Yancey receives recognition from Elected officials appear at 25th An- Boston Police Department providesRepresentative Gloria Fox nual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair enthusiastic assistance at book fairCouncillor Yancey, standing next to Book Fair Councillor Yancey is joined by Boston City Several members of the Boston Police Depart-Coordinator, Lynnette Frazier (right), receives Councillor Matt O’Malley (left) and Boston ment participated in the Yancey Book Fair,a citation from the Office of Massachusetts City Councillor Tito Jackson (right), during providing not only sponsorship and supervi-State Representative Gloria Fox, during the the book fair. Other officials present included sion in crowd handling, but also enthusiasticbook fair. Gloria Fox has served the people of Boston City Councillors Michael Ross, Rob interaction (as seen above) with the youth.the 7th Suffolk District since 1984. The cita- Consalvo, and John Connolly, and State Rep- Other Yancey Book Fair sponsors this yeartion was presented by Mary Tuitt (left), Repre- resentative Russell Holmes. Rep. Holmes said included publisher Tony Rose of Ambersentative Fox’s chief of staff and also a candi- reading is fundamental. Councillor Consalvo Books, Comcast, Walgreens, Massport, NStar,date for Boston City Council’s District 3 seat called the book fair a great thing for reading Verizon, TJ Maxx, Stop & Shop, Houghtonthat is currently headed by Councillor and literacy in the City of Boston. Councillor Mifflin, Citizen’s Bank, Sovereign Bank, NEMaureen Feeney. In accepting the citation, Connolly, who said the success of Boston Vending, IBEW, Prince Hall Grand Lodge,Yancey recognized the several organizations Public Schools starts with reading at home, Shaws Supermarkets, Blacks In Government,that had purchased tables for distribution of announced that he supports Councillor Yanc- Red Sox Foundation, Suffolk Construction,free materials at the book fair. “Your support ey’s efforts to build a new high school in Mat- Clear Channel Outdoors, Mt. Washingtonof the book fair is crucial to our ability to pro- tapan. Also present was Marchelle Raynor, Bank, One United Bank, BJ’s Wholesalevide brand-new-books to Boston children year vice chair of the Boston School Committee. Club, BEVCO Associates, Boston City Coun-after year,” he said. Those organizations in- Raynor, who also serves as a Head Start pro- cil, Boston Teachers’ Union, New World Se-cluded NStar, MassVote, McDonalds, Nation- gram director, congratulated participants for curities, McDonald’s Corporation, Mayoral Grid, GBOS for Kids, NAACP, Codman making the choice to attend the book fair. Thomas Menino, Attorney Donald E. Green,Square Health Center, Boston Police Depart- “This is real violence prevention. This is what Boston Private Bank & Trust, AOL Timement, Healthy Baby Healthy Child, Chez Vous keeps our children safe,” she said. Retired Warner Books, Coca-Cola Corporation, RadioRoller Skating Rink, Boston United for Stu- State Representative Willie Mae Allen and Touch 106.1, Reggie Lewis Track & Fielddents, Generations Incorporated, and the Boys Boston City Council at-large candidate Wil- Center, and Sundance Newbridge Educational& Girls Club - Yawkey Club of Roxbury. liam Dorcena also attended the book fair. Publishing.
  • 6. Page 6 Yancey 2011, AugustCouncillor Yancey celebrates Native American cultureCouncillor Charles C. Yancey from city and state charters,joined Native American Culture thanked NACA for organizing theAwareness (NACA) and members powwow and forof the Native American community providing assistance to the Nativeat a NACA-sponsored powwow American community and educat-last May in Watertown, Massachu- ing citizens of Massachusetts aboutsetts. Native American Culture and Tra- NACA’s mission is to provide ditions.assistance to members of the Na- NACA is obligated to teaching thetive American Community and to respect of elders and neighbors,citizens of the Commonwealth of medicine and healing circles, menMassachusetts, and to teach tribal and boys mentoring circles, womanbeliefs, histories, spirituality, cus- and girls mentoring circles, thetoms, as well as personal, family, avoidance of drugs and alcohol,and community responsibilities. and the dispelling of myths pertain- NACA, during powwow festivi- ing to Native American culturesties, expressed appreciation to the Councillor Charles C. Yancey poses with members of the Native Ameri- and traditions.City of Boston and the Common- can community during a NACA-sponsored powwow last May in Water- NACA, which was formed andwealth of Massachusetts for elimi- town, Massachusetts. founded by George "Lone Wolf"nating old laws that prohibited Native Chiefs and Medicine men at the Pow- Thomas (of Pequot and CherokeeNative Americans from entering into the City wow offered blessings to the land on which inheritance) and other Native Americans, isof Boston, and that allowed citizens of old Native Americans were previously banned. comprised of community members who teachBoston to shoot, kill or hang Native Ameri- Yancey, who had participated in efforts to Native American culture, traditions, beliefs,cans. remove discriminatory colonial legislation and history. Y2011President of the Republic of Cape Yancey welcomes Urban League Sierra Leone Cultural Organization cele-Verde visits City of Boston CEO, Marc Morial to Boston brates 50th Anniversary of IndependenceCouncillor Yancey honors His Excellency Councillor Yancey welcomes Urban League Councillor Yancey joined the Sierra LeonePedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, President of CEO, Marc C. Morial, to the City of Boston Cultural Organization, Inc. last April in cele-the Republic of Cape Verde, and his wife, during the 2011 Urban League Conference last brating Sierra Leone’s 50th IndependenceAdélcia Barreto Pires, during their visit to July in Boston. Yancey presented Morial with Anniversary during a flag raising ceremony atBoston last June. Pires was elected President a resolution commending his tremendous lead- Boston City Hall. Democracy in Sierra Leoneof the Republic of Cape Verde on February 25, ership in city and state government as well as is slowly being reestablished after the civil war2001. The country, under his leadership, has at the National Urban League. Morial has from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens ofexperienced substantial improvements in served as a mayor, a state senator, an attorney, thousands of deaths and the displacement ofhealth, education, quality of life, human devel- and entrepreneur, and an educator. Morial, as more than 2 million people. Ernest Bai Koro-opment, as well as significant improvement in Mayor of New Orleans, was a popular chief ma has been Sierra Leone’s President sincethe defense of the environment. His early years executive with a broad multi-racial coalition September 17, 2007. The president in Sierraas a soldier, a mobilizer, and a military com- who led New Orleans’ 1990’s renaissance, and Leone is elected by popular vote for a five-mander positioned Pires as a pivotal player in left office with a 70 percent approval rating. year term. The new governments prioritiesthe elimination of colonial domination in Cape Morial, as a Louisiana State Senator, was include furthering economic development,Verde. In 1973, he was chosen to chair The named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Educa- creating jobs, and stamping out endemic cor-National Commission of the African Party for tion Senator of the Year, and Environmental ruption. Political stability has led to a revivalIndependence of Guinea and Cape Verde Senator of the Year, while authoring laws on a of economic activity such as the rehabilitation(PAIGC) for Cape Verde. In October 1974, wide range of important matters. Morial’s of bauxite and rutile mining, which are set toPires returned to Cape Verde to lead the Cape creativity and leadership at the Urban League benefit from planned tax incentives. A numberVerdean branch of PAIGC. Pires has also has led to initiatives such as the Urban Youth of offshore oil discoveries were announced inserved as member of Parliament of Cape Empowerment program to assist young adults 2009 and 2010. Sierra Leone Cultural Organi-Verde, the first Prime Minister of the inde- in securing sustainable jobs, and Entrepreneur- zation, Inc., was established in 1983 to pro-pendent nation of Cape Verde, and as Assis- ship Centers in 5 cities to help the growth of mote Sierra Leonean cultures and the historytant Secretary General of PAICV. small businesses. of the Amistad.
  • 7. Volume 13, Number 5 Page 7Councillor Yancey recognizes Jah Jah DrummersCouncillor Charles Yancey praised members leads Jah Jah Drummers in chants, spirituals, Jah Jah Drummers holds Peace Walkof Jah Jah Drummers for preserving the Art of and traditional Afro Caribbean songs .African drummology in the City of Boston The group has provided performances, lec- Jah Jah Drummers sponsored an anti-during a special performance honoring the ture demonstrations, and drumming instruc- violence walk, Drums not Guns: Walk forgroup’s 15th anniversary last June at Unity tions for countless occasions, including Strength and Unity, last July. The walk startedSports and Cultural Club in Dorchester. Kwanzaa and Black History Month celebra- at Dudley Station and ended at Franklin Park Jah Jah Drummers is an ensemble of accom- tions, Haitian Independence observations, anti- Zoo, where participants gathered to hearplished percussionists of the Caribbean Afri- violence affairs, and various com- speakers and entertainment.can American Black Diaspora that has been munity events for children andperforming in the Boston area since 1996. churches. The group’s founder and president, Glen Its astonishing performances -Noel, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and through stories, praise-songs, andan accomplished African Congo Drum player. poetry - provide a primordial recol-Noel, a percussionist for 30 years, skillfully lection of the rich cultural roots of slave ancestors, slave experiences, and the rituals and traditions of the mother-country, Africa. Jah Jah Drummers, during the anniversary celebration, introduced its new slogan, Drums not Guns, which Noel calls an attempt to Members of Jah Jah Drummers accept a resolution from eliminate the mentality that guns Councillors Yancey’s office that praised the group for pre- should be used to settle disputes. serving the Art of African drummology in Boston. Jah Jah Drummers, as a means of enticing youth away from the streets and help- Councillor Yancey called the various efforts ing to expose them to a positive experience, of participating organizations helpful in dimin- offers free drum lessons every Monday night, ishing future acts of violence in the City of 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Unity Sports and Cul- Boston.Councillor Yancey poses with Glen Noel, the tural Club in Dorchester.founder, president and artistic director of Jah Participants included Jah Jah Drummers, For more information about Jah Jah Lion Entertainment, World Wide Culture Ser-Jah Drummers. Noel, who is a native of Trini- Drummer’s free drumming lessons, call Glendad and Tobago, is an accomplished African vices, World Cares Organization, Big City Noel at 617 888-6465. 101.3 FM, and International Support & Chari-Congo Drum player. ty Association of Boston, Inc. Y2011Boston entrepreneurs generate economic activityBag Lady Boutique opens in DorchesterLaWanda McClorin (3rd from right), owner of Ashleys Breakfast Shop receives praise Princess Hair Palace now offers Spa servicesBag Lady Boutique, recently celebrated the Thomas Edmund, owner of Ashleys Breakfast Shop at 260 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, Princess Hair Palace at 1876 Dorchester Ave-opening of her business at 145 Washington nue in Dorchester recently expanded its hair-Street in Dorchester. Born and raised in Bos- greets Governor Deval Patrick, one state sena- tor, two state representatives, and four Boston styling services to include massage therapy,ton, McClorin, an administrator for the Depart- nail-care essentials, skin care therapy, andment of Youths Services for the Common- city Councillors last April at his restaurant in Boston. Edmund, who emigrated from Trini- professional makeup artistry. Councillor Yanc-wealth of Massachusetts, said she always ey joined owner, Princess Cedeno and friendswanted to open a women’s boutique and was dad in 1987, attained a job at 260 Bowdoin Street, washing dishes and mopping floors. He during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last June.following her dream. “I wanted something Cedeno emigrated from the Commonwealth ofmetro and modern where styles are unique,” called himself a workaholic who worked day and night. But Edmund’s respectable work Dominica 30 years ago. She’s been a licensedshe said. Councillor Yancey presented hair stylist in the Boston area for the past 20McClorin with a resolution congratulating the ethic created an excellent relationship with the former owner and he acquired the business in years. She enhanced services at the requests ofgrand opening of Bag Lady Boutique. The her customer. “The neighborhood loves it,”boutique, which offers unique, one-of-a-kind 1996, establishing one of Boston’s finest breakfast restaurants. Hundreds of customers said Cedeno. The solon’s hours are Tuesdayclothing not available in other stores, is open (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Wednesday (9:00Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to have complimented Ashley’s food. “We love serving people and we enjoy all the compli- a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Thursday (10:00 a.m. to2:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 6:00 p.m.), Friday (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.),a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ments,” Edmund said. and Saturday (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
  • 8. Yancey 2011 AugustCouncillor Yancey lays wreath for Boston veterans Councillor Charles C. Yancey solemnly lays one dimensional image where most soldiers Yancey. Attucks became the first man to falla red, white and blue wreath at the gravesite of are depicted as white and male,” he said. in the American Revolution along with Samuel13,000 veterans buried at Mount Hope Ceme- Instead, those who have sacrificed for the Maverick, James Caldwell, Samuel Gray andtery in Mattapan, during Boston’s annual Me- principles for which the Nation stands, have Patrick Carr.morial Day Observance on May 30, 2011 in included women, Asians, Africans, Europeans,Mattapan. Native Americans, immigrants and others, he “African American soldiers were Yancey, who provided the keynote speech for said. treated worse than Nazi war pris-the annual observance that began in 1921, “The first person to give his life for the estab- oners”noted that, historically, the ethnic and gender lishment of the United States of America wasmakeup of soldiers greatly differs from the — Councillor Charles Yancey an African Native man, Crispus Attucks, whobiased image portrayed by Hollywood. “It’s a sacrificed his life on March 5, 1770,” said Yancey also talked about the abusive treat- ment of African American soldiers returningWilliam E. Carter Post is revitalized home after World War II. The soldiers were confronted by state and local Jim Crow laws, Post No. 16, located at 1531 Blue Hill which mandated de jure racial segregation in Avenue in Mattapan, was chartered in housing, education, and public places. “The 1919. The Carter Post is named after African American soldiers returning from multi-war veteran, African American Europe were no less patriotic than any other Army Sergeant, William E. Carter, soldiers that participated in defense of the whose name is also memorialized by United States of America, but African Ameri- the titling of the William E. Carter can soldiers were treated worse than Nazi war School at 396 Northampton Street in prisoners,” he said. Boston, and the Sergeant William E. Today, the demographics for homeless veter- Carter Playground, opposite 650 Co- ans in the City of Boston indicate that the pop- lumbus Avenue in Boston. ulation’s racial makeup is approximately 85 The Carter Post is one of approxi- percent African American, 10 percent Cauca- mately 14,900 American Legion posts sian, and 5 percent Hispanic. located throughout the United States. Councillor Yancey recently reintroduced a Councillor Yancey, as respect for bill he sponsored, ordering the Boston City veterans who made the ultimate sacri- Council to convene a public hearing to discusCouncillor Charles C. Yancey celebrates reopening of fice, urged the group to make Carter homelessness among African American veter-William E. Carter American Legion Post No. 16, with Post the best in the country. ans.board members of the local post, last May in Mattapan. “Symbolically, the Carter Post repre- Before leaving the podium, Councillor Yanc- sents the sacrifices made by countless ey thanked all the families who have made theCouncillor Charles C. Yancey joined members veterans,” he said. ultimate sacrifice, noting that everyone in theof the William E. Carter American Legion nation, including himself, has been a benefi- The American Legion was founded in 1919Post No. 16, last May, to celebrate reopening by veterans returning from Europe after World ciary of the sacrifices made my veterans in theof the Post, which had been shut down for two United States. “We will never forget you and War I, and was later chartered under Title 36years for renovations. of the United States Code. Y2011 your sacrifices,” he said. Y2011