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Boston's Black Education Movement and the People Who Led It

In celebration of Black History Month, Cambridge College hosted a special evening commemorating “Boston’s Black Education Movement and the People Who Led It” on Wed Feb 18th on their main campus in Cambridge.

The successful event was standing-room only, as TV Host & Executive Producer of Boston’s renowned CityLine, Karen Holmes Ward moderated a discussion and Q&A session with leaders in the African American movement of Boston. Panelists included prominent activist and scholar, Dr. Mel King, distinguished photojournalist Don West, and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper. The keynote speech was given by Cambridge College’s own Lyda S. Peters, Professor of Education and adjunct faculty  in the African & African Diaspora Studies Program at Boston College.  

Following the discussion, Mr. West and Mr. Cooper offered a book signing for their collaborative and groundbreaking book, Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership which is based on Don’s photography, and a narrative by Kenneth that chronicles an often overshadowed chapter of visionary leadership and community activism that helped to unite the city, by advancing access and opportunity.

Below, Professor Lyda Peters speaks about the impact of Boston's Black Education Movement on the community.