June 14, 2007 — Vol. 42, No. 44
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

Gov. Deval Patrick (center) waves to the crowd during the 37th annual Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Patrick became the first sitting governor to march in the city’s gay pride parade, as state lawmakers prepare to vote on a ballot question that could ban gay marriage. In 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court barred the state from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last year, however, the court ruled that lawmakers must vote on the proposed question, instead of letting it die without a vote, as some lawmakers advocated. (Lolita Parker Jr. photo)

(Left to right): Amber Communications Group CEO Tony Rose, American Urban Radio Networks producer/host Tanya Hart and Urban Land Institute Director Philip S. Hart take a moment to pose for a photo at the recent 2007 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America. Philip Hart holds a copy of his new book, “African Americans and the Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal and Rebuilding – An American Dilemma,” published by Amber Books. (Photo courtesy of Amber Communications Group)

Mayor Thomas M. Menino (right) extends his congratulations to Kevin Cohee (left), chairman of the board of OneUnited Bank, and Teri Williams (center), president of OneUnited Bank, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday afternoon celebrating the opening of the bank’s new branch in the Grove Hall section of Roxbury. (Don West photo)

Roxbury resident Duchess Cook (right) receives the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s Louis J. Dunham Award from Paula Coyle, BFIT Dean of Students. The award is given each year to a graduating senior who has shown leadership, scholarship and dedication while attending BFIT. Cook earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering technology. (Carla Osberg photo)
Justina Centeio of Dorchester (left) and Seree Fofana of Roxbury (right) were among the 74 seniors who received diplomas at The Rivers School’s graduation exercises last Friday. Both will stay in Boston to pursue higher education this fall — Centeio will attend Boston College, while Fofana begins her studies at Simmons College. (Photo courtesy of The Rivers School)

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