Boston Women’s March for America

I’ve been a proud Bostonian for nearly 30 years. Yesterday, I attended the Boston Women’s March for America with my husband and my sons Mark and James. January 21, 2017 delivered blue skies and a warm, spring-like breeze to the reported 175,000 that gathered on Boston Common. The gathering was peaceful and positive. I was so proud of my city and how its citizens united to share its message with Washington DC, the day after President Donald’s Trump inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.

The highlight of the Boston’s Women’s March for America was hearing the fired up speeches of Mayor Marty Walsh, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and the determined verve of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Watch my video featuring Mayor Walsh’s speech & Senator Elizabeth Warren’s remarks:

Here are 2 other occasions when I joined an epic Boston public gathering:

Visit of Nelson Mandela to Boston in 1990

On June 23, 1990, just four months after being released from prison after 27 years, Nelson Mandela visited our city and spoke to a huge crowd in front of the Esplanade. The anti-apartheid leader arrived in Boston–the place that hosted two of his daughters, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah and Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, and six of his grandchildren while he was incarcerated. What I remember from that great day was the gratitude Mandela expressed to the city of Boston for looking after his children and the strong call to action he shared to all that attended that education and knowledge is the most important ingredient in a healthy democracy.

Inauguration of Deval L. Patrick in 2006

The second occasion was when Deval L. Patrick made history when he was sworn into office as Governor on the bible once owned by John Quincy Adams. The Massachusetts gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006. Deval Patrick was elected to a four-year term, from January 4, 2007 until January 6, 2011. In his first elected office, Patrick was the second African-American governor in the United States since Reconstruction. I took my sons out of school that day and we attended the outdoor ceremony on the steps of the state house. It was exhilarating! Afterwards we walked down to Ye Olde Union Oyster House where we had lunch sitting in the Kennedy clan’s favorite booth and savored our clam chowder. I’ll never forget it!

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