December 13, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 18
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson makes a new friend at the Boston Family Shelter Playspace. Horizons for Homeless Children has installed Playspaces in 140 shelters across Massachusetts to assist the 96,000 Massachusetts children that experience homelessness every day. Each week, the Playspaces will give 2,000 homeless children educational and recreational opportunities to help develop certain necessary skills. (Photo courtesy of Horizons for Homeless Children)

(From left) Berklee College of Music students Ayeisha Mathis from Dorchester, and Abraham Olivio of Hyde Park, rehearse with R&B star Bobby Brown at Berklee for the the Boston Music Awards. Mathis and Olivio are part of the Berklee City Music All-Stars, a group of urban Boston students who are studying on full-tuition Berklee City Music scholarships. The All-Stars performed a medley of Brown’s hits before being joined by him for the tune “Roni” at the Orpheum Theater. (Phil Farnsworth photo)
Gregory L. and Dora W. Burton (front row, third and fourth from left) of Burton Realty Associates pose with friends at a Dec. 6 open house they hosted to celebrate the agency’s new location at 392A Warren Street in Roxbury. (Tony Irving photo)

Harvard University hosted the latest in a series of historic Civil Rights Schools, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), from Dec. 6-9. (Front, from left): Mildred Roxborough, NAACP; Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the NAACP; Scot Brown, University of California, Los Angeles; Patricia Sullivan, University of South Carolina. (Back, from left): Herb Boyd, The Black World Today; John Bracey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Lorenzo Morris, Howard University; Denton Watson, State University of New York at Old Westbury. (Tony Irving photo)
On Dec. 6, St. Francis House celebrated the dedication of “Kerry’s Floor,” 14 new units of permanent housing on the shelter’s 7th floor named for Kerry Healey (second from left). While she was lieutenant governor, Healey was instrumental in securing funding for the construction and ongoing operations of the new units. (From left): Karen LaFrazia, executive director of St. Francis House; Healey; Tony Irving, freelance photographer and graduate of the MAP program at St. Francis House; and Kathleen Dennehy of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. (Photo courtesy of St. Francis House)
Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly, all members of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Championship soccer team, recently visited Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester to join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carolyn Johnson in honoring Academy senior Maria Centeio (second from left). The World Cup team was in town to be inducted into Northeastern University’s Sport and Society Hall of Fame. Centeio received the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Giving Back Award for her extensive community service. (Photo courtesy of City of Boston Mayor’s Office)

About 100 neighborhood residents got a free flu vaccine during two clinics provided by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in partnership with Mattapan Community Health Center in November. Top: Jane Onuma receives her flu vaccine from Danielle Hannigan, a registered nurse at MGH. Above (from left): MGH caregivers Dr. Nakela Cook, Dr. Leigh Simmons, registered nurse practitioner Kathleen Kelly, registered nurse Michelle Anderson, and Hannigan. (Photos courtesy of MGH)

“Sketches of Spain,” a photographic exhibit by Don West and Hakim Raquib, is running now through Jan. 27, 2008, at the African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) Gallery at 76 Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain. The exhibit focuses on the history and architecture of the Andalusian area of southern Spain, where the Moors and Gypsies had a strong influence on the culture of Spain and beyond. The magnificent detail of the Alhambra Fortress in Granada (top) and the musical “duende” of Flamenco in Sevilla (bottom) are brilliantly depicted. (top: Hakim Raquib photos; bottom: Don West photos)

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