Brian Wright O’Connor

Contributing Writer

A contributor to the Bay State Banner for close to 30 years, is a Boston-based writer and consultant. His articles and essays on race, social change, war, politics, economics, travel, and family have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has also written hundreds of profiles for publication.

A graduate of Harvard College, O’Connor studied symbolist poetry at the University of Grenoble after spending three years teaching English and coaching soccer at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff of the Banner as a reporter and served as managing editor until leaving to become Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.). O’Connor split his time between working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns throughout the 1990s – all the while continuing to publish articles and essays. In 2000, he became Vice President of Public Affairs at Citizens Energy Corporation in Boston, a non-profit that uses revenues from successful energy ventures to provide assistance to the poor. O’Connor’s work at Citizens Energy has taken him from Alaska to Maine and countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to explore for-profit business opportunities and social programs financed by them. He has also worked as a speech-writer, a political consultant, French waiter, arborist, and dish-washer.

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Malia Lazu and the Epicenter Community Inc. draw connections among communities

Inspiring and mentoring entrepreneurs to build creative businesses in an effort to accelerate change

Malia Lazu takes an unusual approach to business development. While tending to the needs of individual entrepreneurs, she also cultivates the broader environment, seeking to create a landscape where marginalized communities can realize their business dreams.

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Sen. Warren stands up for working women

Sen. Warren answers our questions about women and financial matters

Tackling questions about federal issues important to women in the workforce, Warren outlines some of the legislative initiatives in Washington aimed at leveling the gender playing field, particularly for women in low-income jobs.

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Dexter Eure, 91, fought for inclusion in media

Dexter Dillard Eure Sr., a longtime Boston Globe executive who fiercely advocated for greater integration of newsrooms, died July 2 of complications from dementia. He was 91.

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Banner has recorded 50 years of history

Banner scribes, photographers record the first draft of Boston’s black history

The year 2015 marks 50 years of publication for the Bay State Banner — a half century during which the newspaper’s reporters, photographers and contributors recorded the events and ideas that have made history in Boston and beyond. It’s been a long and remarkable journey for the Banner, since publisher Melvin Miller first opened the Banner’s doors, stepping into the shoes of William Monroe Trotter.

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Deval Patrick: The double veil of an improbable life

As Governor Deval Patrick takes his final walk down the State House steps, he can look back on a record of successfully shepherding the Massachusetts economy through the 2008 financial meltdown, increasing diversity in the courts and executive suites, and improving education and infrastructure.

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Harvard Law professor leads review of Brooklyn DA, cops

Harvard Law Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr.is heading up a panel reviewing prosecutorial misconduct in Brooklyn.

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Tibet called ‘training ground’ for more Chinese expansion

The Tibetan human rights activist, Lhadon Tethong, speaking to an audience of Harvard students, denounces the incursion of Chinese mining companies, citing their corrosive influence on the economy, the environment and the rule of law. But most of all, on the people.

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Nelson Mandela: Beloved in Boston

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela achieved mythical status through the astonishing feat of removing the chains of bondage from both the oppressed and the oppressor.

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Reeves defeated, Benzan elected as first Latino on Cambridge council

Dennis Benzan, an attorney, became the first Latino elected to the Cambridge City Council by finishing ahead of three incumbents. His surprising victory ensures minority control of two seats on the legislative body.

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Red Sox World Series victory underscores progress on team’s race issues

If the first World Series title of this century buried "The Curse of the Bambino" and the second threw dirt on the grave, then the third may finally put to rest the ghost of Jackie Robinson.

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