Dr. Jessie K. Garnett: The first black woman to practice dentistry in the Hub

Dr. Jessie Katherine (Gideon) Garnett was the first black woman to graduate from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and also the first to practice dentistry in Boston.

Governor Baker Announces Five Year $1.1 Billion Investment in Housing Production and Preservation for Working Families

Governor Charlie Baker announced this week that the Baker-Polito Administration’s upcoming five-year capital budget will devote $1.1 billion to affordable and workforce housing development and preservation. The funding will maintain support for existing programs for high-needs populations, increase support for ...

Demonstrators disrupt BRA JP planning meeting

Last week, as community members gathered at English High School viewed BRA poster board displays showing ideas for improvements to transportation, proposals for housing, jobs, economic development and open space, a contingent of more than 100 affordable housing activists marched ...

Police chief & protestor team up to reshape race relations

Paul Schnell, police chief of Maplewood, Minnesota and Jason Sole, former gang-member and now chair of the Minneapolis NAACP’s criminal justice reform committee, gave a joint presentation at Northeastern University on what they have learned from working together to improve ...

State ELL reform bill advances

State legislators moved to support of a bill that could force schools away from what they say is a too limited, one-size-fits-all approach to English-language instruction as well as pave the way to more multilingual education for all students.

Diversity a challenge for Walsh

While Walsh administration officials tout their commitment to diversity, in two of the city’s largest departments the percentages of blacks and Latinos have been declining.

Malcolm X influence spans generations of activists

Thursday, on Malcolm X’s birthday, a panel of civil rights activists will hold a discussion on the impact of Malcolm X on social movements at the Codman Square Library.

$17 per hour min wage promises a healthier city, officials say

After analyzing the city’s nearly 20-year-old Living Wage Ordinance, the Boston Public Health Commission recommended the living wage be raised to $17 and that the LWO’s purview be expanded so more employers are required to pay at this level.

Hajar Logan

Hajar Logan has been appointed Executive Director of Community Works, a fundraising collaborative for community-based organizations.

City-funded housing vouchers proposed

Affordable housing and homelessness advocates, along with a majority of Boston city councilors, are calling for the next city budget to allocate $5 million for a new “housing first” voucher program. The city-funded vouchers would provide rental assistance for homeless ...

BPS lays out new plans to combat bias, achievement gaps

Boston Public Schools officials charged with promoting equity and closing achievement gaps appeared at a budget hearing with city councilors last week. Instead of making funding requests, officials focused on outlining progress achieve thus far, along with planned initiatives.

Students, teachers make case for BPS social studies, history classes

Budgetary constraints and the pressure schools face to raise students’ scores on math and English language arts MCAS tests have whittled down history and social studies instruction at Boston middle and high schools. Students and teachers testified on the importance ...

Forum examines Roxbury’s surging real estate market

The Boston branch of the NAACP hosted a forum on Roxbury’s real estate market at the Bolling Building last week. Presentations tracked the increase in real estate values and rents in Roxbury, Dorchester and Boston as a whole over the ...

Justice Sotomayor visits Boston

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about the importance of community during an appearance at Wheelock College.

Rep. Fox looks back on 16 terms of service

After 16 terms in the state legislature, Seventh Suffolk District state Rep. Gloria Fox decided not to run for reelection. She told the Banner she intends to take some time for her family and to travel, before continuing work with ...