February 21, 2008 — Vol. 43, No. 28
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Local and Culturally Relevant Events this week:

Teen members from some of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) played basketball to raise funds for the BGCB Youth Service Providers Network (YSPN). YSPN connects at-risk youth with appropriate prevention and intervention services. The tournament featured eight mixed teams composed of teens from BGCB’s five Clubs in Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston. Sponsors for the teams included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, John Hancock, the Bank of New York Mellon and the Boston Celtics/Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. Promotional support and news coverage were provided by 7NBC and CW56. (Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston)
(From left): Liz Walker, minister and host/executive producer of “Sunday with Liz Walker”; Rev. Gloria White Hammond of Roxbury; and Maya Balle of Boston gather at the New Center for Arts and Culture’s Feb. 6 event “Working to Make a Difference,” a conversation between Walker and Liz Lerman at the Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts. They discussed their desire to make a difference in society through their own artistic expression. (Michael Dwyer photo)
Alongside cabinet members, outreach workers and clean-up crews who gathered on Hendry Street in Dorchester last week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino (right) announced the creation of the City’s Foreclosure Intervention Team (FIT). With at least 12 homes foreclosed and several others boarded up, abandoned and petitioned for foreclosure, the area around Hendry, Coleman and Clarkson streets was the focus of the first FIT project. (Photo courtesy of the City of Boston Mayor’s Office)
Paul and Stephen Kendrick (third and fourth from left), the father-and-son authors of “Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union,” share a moment with Sister Ruth (left) and Brother Blue during a Feb. 15 lecture and question-and-answer event at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge. (Tony Irving photo)
Rashawn Peete of Roxbury, a first-grader at the Garfield Elementary School in Brighton, commemorates the 100th day of school. Students in Mrs. Rexrode’s first grade class have been counting up to the milestone by collecting 100 everyday objects to learn about math and counting. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Schools)
Harvard law professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. (left) talks with the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. at the Christian Life Center of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge on Monday morning. Jackson delivered a speech at the church about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For excerpts from the speech, go to our Opinion section. (KC Bailey photo)
This explosive piece is part of “Nothing flourishes alone,” a show of new work by painter and Boston Arts Academy visual arts faculty member Beth Balliro. The exhibit opens March 4 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the academy’s Sandra & Philip Gordon Gallery, located at 174 Ipswich Street. For more information, call 617-635-6470 (Photo courtesy of Boston Arts Academy)

Dancing in dragon costumes, marching in parades and gathering by the Chinatown Gate, Boston residents celebrated Chinese New Year on Sunday. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 is the Year of the Rat. (Tony Irving photos)

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