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Boston’s Museum of African American History installs new Executive Director

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Museum of African American History Board of Directors names Marita Rivero the new Executive Director.

Rivero succeeds Beverly Morgan-Welch, who served as the Executive Director with great distinction for 16 years. 

In November, Morgan-Welch left to become Associate Director of External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

A long-time member of the MAAH board of directors and current Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rivero has deep knowledge and experience in national museums. 

 She has served as the Museum’s Interim Executive Director since Morgan-Welch’s departure.

Marita has agreed to lead this important institution on a permanent basis. 

The board is thrilled that Marita has agreed to lead this important institution on a permanent basis. 
She brings to the role stellar business acumen, media savvy, and the passion and imagination that will  help us build on the success of nearly 50 years and propel us to have an even greater impact in the years ahead.  
“The Museum has played such an important role in opening our understanding of the present-day American story. I am excited by the prospect of furthering work linking preservation and education with civic opportunities in our democracy,” Rivero said.

The board encourages you to welcome and embrace Marita, and to continue this journey with us. 

As Beverly said in her parting words, “We have only scratched the surface of the research necessary to document and honor the traditions of our fore-parents, who first built African Meeting Houses to gather and plan community life in the 18th and 19th centuries.”  

a distro by @BlackBoston Tweets, 12/13

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December 14, 2015 at 7:15 am

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The black community is now painfully aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conspired to withhold crucial health information that establishes that Afro-American male children who received MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine before 36 months are at increased risk of developing autism. 

To read this incredible story and hear an inspiring 6 minute speech by Nation of Islam leader Tony Muhammad, click here.

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Jamie Murphy

Boston, MA

Author, What Every Parent Should Know about Childhood Immunization (

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June 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

An Olympics African American family story you don’t want to miss. @seedandspark

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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice unites relatives of 1936 African American Olympic heroes at Chicago shoot

The Olympic Pride, American Prejudice Chicago shoot captured more than just never-before-heard interviews with the families of three of the African American Olympians who lived in Chicago.  The shoot proved to be the first-ever meeting of the families of 1936 Gold and Silver medalist Ralph Metcalfe, 1936 Olympian and first black woman to compete for the USA, Tydie Pickett, and 1936 Olympian John Brooks.  The three families by chance were on the set at the same time. Ralph Metcalfe, Jr. was interviewed first and decided to stay to meet Bernita Echols and Faye Walker.  The senior Metcalfe had been friends with Tydie Pickett, mother of Bernita and Faye and spoke of her to Metcalfe, Jr.

family photo of  three forgotten African American Olympians

photo families of three forgotten African American Olympians


Dr. Daria Brooks Terrell, a Chicago Orthopedic Surgeon, and daughter of John Brooks, arrived with her mother Wannetta Brooks before Ralph, Faye and Bernita departed.  The moment was magical, profound and heartfelt and certainly one that harkened back to the moment when their relatives joined each other on the deck of the U.S.S. Manhattan, unknowingly about to change history.


The daughters of Tydie Pickett had never met Daria, but they knew John Brooks was instrumental in Tydie Pickett’s career and decision to go the Olympic Trials in 1936.  After hugs, tears and lots of reminiscing, they exchanged numbers and planned to keep in touch.  Of course, they all look forward to seeing each other at the premiere of Olympic Pride, American Prejudice!

Help us champion the stories of 18 families who contributed significantly to Black, American and Human history by sharing this campaign with your network.

There are 72 hours left in Black History Month.

Let’s make documentary history! 

Visit Olympic Pride, American Prejudice and let them know what you think by posting a COMMENT.

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February 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

You’re invited to the African American Students Union at Harvard Business School conference and after-party Mar 28-30th.

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On the weekend of March 28th, you are invited to come to our conference and gain first-hand exposure to C-suite business executives across all industries through our networking sessions after each panel.

Come sharpen your business analyst skills by learning the The Case Method, taught by HBS Professor Andy Zelleke.

After conference events and networking winds down you should drop by the African-American HBS ( Harvard Business School)  After-Party experience. It features VH1’s master of the mix celebrity DJ B Hen.

African American Student Union at Harvard Busienss School

Keynotes Speakers are:

David A. Thomas – Dean, McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University and former H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

David A. Thomas - Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

David A. Thomas – Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Obie L. McKenzie - Managing Director BlackRock

Obie L. McKenzie – Managing Director BlackRock

Valerie Mosley - Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

Valerie Mosley – Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

The Bert King Award Recipient is  Carlton L. Guthrie

Lean Start-up Venture Competition:


Visit the AASU Conference website at for further information including the full schedule of events, presenters, or

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March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Here are the Blacks attracting the largest base of African-American consumer engagement in America.

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scene from  African-American Student Union conference on  April 7 and  Boston – you were invited!

Seated from left to right facing you:  Janice Tennant, IMP Manager, Kimberly Clark Corporation (Kotex, Huggies, Kleenex) etc.;  Kahil Byrd, President of and the 2005 key Deval Patrick for Governor PR Strategist;  Fay Ferguson, Co-CEO Burrell Communications and CD of the McDonald’s “McFishey” campaign and if you’ve seen Rapheal Saddick and Idris Elba in Toyota tv ad spots, you’ve seen her work and Carol Cunningham,  Vice President – Consumer Insights,  BET Networks.

The TakeAway:  targeting multicultural audiences in America changes the Mad Men game.   Panelists held the view that investing in social media is experimental and will produce a  result but it is NOT  as predictable as radio and tv impacts have been on a target demographic.

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April 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Clemestine may be the 1st African American woman with a DNA marker matching King Tut’s.

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This came into the network on January 11, 2012 from Indiana. An update added March 3, 2012 is included below.

TITLE: Indiana Family Unlocks Secrets to Their Past with Interesting Implications for African-American Families

DNA test ties Clemestine Marshall Carter to Egyptian royal family
One Indiana family has discovered secrets to their family heritage that may have some interesting implications for the African Diaspora.

Clemestine Marshall Carter’s family was in for the shock of their lives when they submitted their DNA for genetic testing, discovering that they had six DNA markers matching those of two well-known Egyptian Pharaohs.

The Marshall family had previously assumed that they, like many African-American families, were of West African heritage; however, some doubts arose and the Carter family tracked down expert help them in their quest to understand their family’s history. Daniel Kolos, an Egyptologist in Toronto, guided them to the Journal of the American Medical Association to unlock the links to their past, which, after months of waiting, they received the results for in early 2011, revealing the six DNA markers that they shared with the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Although many decades have passed since Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, there has not yet been a living African-American link to the Egyptian royal family. Although the Marshall family is the first to discover a link, they do not believe that they are the last.

Carter believes that when her story comes to light, many other families of eastern, western, and southern African heritage will discover that they, too, have roots in Egypt, raising some interesting questions about the history of the African continent. Africa has always held the key for paleontologists and geneticists to the rest of the world’s history, where it is now commonly accepted that human life began, making the findings of the Marshall family even more intriguing.

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UPDATE: March 3, 2012: “Confirmation of the DNA test results cited in the article above from a third party source is not possible at this time. This blog has been unable to obtain a copy of the report and we have not seen an independent assessment by seasoned experts in the DNA testing field who were not involved in the original testing. Therefore readers, you must form your own conclusions about this article’s subject matter.”

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January 15, 2012 at 3:33 am

STEM studio of adds free courseware in science technology engineering mathMUSIC and medicine.

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January 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

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