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Alliance seeks to link black professional men

Frederick Ellis Dashiell Jr. | 6/17/2009, 6:16 a.m.
Roxbury native Daniel Rivers launched the Nexus Alliance in February 2008 with the goal of creating a network...
Roxbury native Daniel Rivers launched the Nexus Alliance in February 2008 with the goal of creating a network of black male professionals devoted to changing the way black men are viewed. Daniel Rivers

More directly, the alliance runs a mentoring program that pairs members with inner-city youth to show the youth that there are a number of ways to be successful beyond the sports or entertainment industries. A Nexus-hosted Mother’s Day brunch that saw approximately 600 mothers honored by their families attested to the group’s ability to interact with the community it seeks to serve.

The Nexus Alliance is making strides. At its last meeting, held in May at Emerson College, attended by approximately 50 men, members spoke about why they invested in the alliance.

“It’s something you haven’t seen before,” said Javin Jones, the Nexus Alliance’s ambassador. “Nexus Alliance exudes a sense of excellence.”

As ambassador, a position he has held since he joined the alliance in April, Jones is responsible for the group’s outreach efforts and the recruitment of new members. 

The organization’s latest initiative has a civic engagement component, and builds on the record turnout by black voters in the 2008 presidential elections. On June 4, the alliance hosted an event in Roxbury with Gov. Deval Patrick that included more than 100 prominent and emerging black professionals in a variety of careers from around the Commonwealth. The purpose of the event was to show support for Patrick as he faces the tough task of steering the state through a time of financial crisis.

“We are committed to forging a positive relationship with the governor, and share in his endeavor of providing a positive social and economic impact in our inner-city community,” said Rivers.

In the future, Rivers said he hopes to expand the alliance’s power base to become one of the preeminent black groups in Greater Boston.

“After that,” he said with a smile, “we take over the world.”