October 11, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 9

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The Niagara Movement
One hundred years ago, the civil rights organization held its largest gathering in Boston to help fight for racial equality in America

Niagara MovementHoward Manly

By the time the Niagara Movement hit Boston for its annual conference in late August 1907, W.E.B. Du Bois was poised for battle.

The Movement had inched along the prior three years, and the strain of running an organization plagued with chronic infighting, limited resources and an almost insurmountable goal of attaining racial equality within turn-of-the-century America was a daunting task. Especially for an intellectual like Du Bois, more comfortable in academia than slapping backs and shaking hands. Full story

Madison Park nurseryMadison Park nursery has teen moms on track

Liz Hoffman

It is 10 a.m. at Madison Park Technical and Vocational High School in Roxbury, and class is in session. The hiss of soldering irons echoes through the hallways on the ground floor, home to the construction and transportation academy. The hum of hairdryers floats out of the cosmetology school. A teacher hustles a few stragglers into a classroom.

But at the end of the hallway on the second floor, the sounds are different. There is laughter — and a few tears. Blocks crash, babies babble, and in the preschool room, a teacher runs a color matching exercise, asking her students to point out the white computer and the blue chair. Full Story

Health disparities billHealth disparities bill has support of activists, Deval

Yawu Miller

More than 200 activists convened at the State House last week to rally in support of legislation aimed at eliminating health care disparities in Massachusetts. Full Story

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Amid turmoil, Jena approves race relations panel

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• Patrick signs law to benefit Mass. workers

• CDC awards $35M to support HIV testing, increase early diagnosis among blacks

•Ministers start fund to help homicide victims’ families

• City, state elections on tap for October and November

• Commonwealth to receive nearly $12M in emergency energy assistance

• BU names leading virologist to biolab post

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