November 15, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 14
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

Gov. Deval Patrick (third from right) presents a Congressional Gold Medal to James McLaurin of Weymouth, one of five surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen honored during a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House in Boston on Sunday. Also honored were (seated, from left): Charles Diggs of Boston and Willis Sanders of Roxbury, of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American fighter pilots allowed into the U.S. Army Air Corps. (AP photo/Josh Reynolds)

Author Randall Robinson (left) signs a book for Curtis Valentine following a discussion about Robinson’s new work, “An Unbroken Agony: From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President,” held Nov. 8 at Harvard Law School’s Ames Courtroom and sponsored by the school’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice. (Tony Irving photo)

Mayor Thomas M. Menino (center) recently met with representatives from area nonprofits and the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and local homeowners to kick off a new citywide lead poisoning prevention initiative. For help de-leading your home, call the Lead Safe Boston program at 617-635-0190. (From left): Eva Osorio of Urban Edge; Dorchester homeowners Osteldino Evora and Antonio and Taina Lugo; Menino; East Boston homeowner Len Chase; ESAC’s Myrna Weiner; DND’s David George; and Patrick Dowd of Patriot Contracting. (Photo courtesy of City of Boston)

Louise Myers of Chelmsford (third from left) recently received the 2007 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service during a luncheon ceremony at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. With Myers are (from left): AARP Massachusetts State President Charles Desmond, state Secretary of Elder Affairs Michael Festa, and AARP National Director of Outreach & Service Barb Quaintance. The Andrus Award is the association’s most prestigious volunteer recognition. (Photo courtesy of AARP)

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson speaks during a panel held last Thursday at Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall. At the event, sponsored by the Museum of African American History, Dyson and several experts debated the chances of America electing a black president. (Isylah Haynes photo)

Dr. J. Keith Motley (right) and his wife Angela (left), celebrate his inauguration as the eighth chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Motley is the first chancellor of color in the university’s 43-year history. Previously, Motley was the vice president for business, marketing and public affairs in the President’s Office. (Sandy Middlebrooks photo)

Smooth jazz saxophonist Andre Ward played at the inauguration of Dr. J. Keith Motley as the eighth chancellor of University of Massachusetts-Boston on Nov. 9. Born and raised in Chicago, Ward’s skill with the alto saxophone earned him a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Based in Boston, Ward has played internationally and released two successful contemporary jazz albums, “Feelin’ You” and “Steppin’ Up.” (Sandy Middlebrooks photo)

An enthusiastic crowd responds to the performance by the legendary O’Jays during last Friday’s event held to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. J. Keith Motley as the new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. (Sandy Middlebrooks photo)

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