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Archives and Special Collections Finding Aids
|Name of Creator:
||Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
||Boston Coalition of
Black Women, Inc. records
||1.75 cubic ft. (2 boxes, 1 flat file drawer)
|Scope and Content Abstract:
||The collection documents the administration of the Boston Coalition
of Black Women, Inc., and events and programs sponsored by the Coalition
including its Sister-to-Sister mentoring program. Topics covered include
community relations, conference planning, and program development.
Records include minutes, memoranda, correspondence, conference packets,
financial records, newsletters, and photographs.
The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. was founded as the Boston
Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to provide African
American women in Boston with a social and political forum. Founding
members included: Vivian Beard, Joan Wallace Benjamin, Carol Nicholson
Bolling, Patricia Bush, Callie Crossley, Alice Delgardo, Barbara Edelin,
Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, Karen Holmes Ward, Deborah Jackson, Vickie
Jones, Dani Monroe, Deborah Murphy, Carolyn Sawyer, Dianne Young,
and Dianne Wilkerson. The Boston Chapter was formally chartered in
1991 and was the largest founding chapter in the history of the National
The Boston Chapter separated from the national organization
and incorporated as the Boston Coalition in 1996. The organization
sought to provide leadership and access to resources to allow members
to become involved in the community through education, social, economic,
and civil action. Work sponsored by the organization has included
mentoring opportunities, primarily the Sister-to-Sister program, and
fundraising and cultural events.
In 2000 in addition to its original
programs and activities, the Coalition adopted a specific public policy
agenda that focused on education and legislation that involves women
and children. In collaboration with groups such as the Massachusetts
Advocacy Center and the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, the Coalition monitored the development of the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System. Other activity in the community involved
Coalition members mentoring girls in detention units, hosting author
talks, and partnering with other community service organizations including
Project Bread and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.
|Language and Scripts:
||The collection is entirely in English.
|System of Arrangement:
||Organized in two series: Series 1. Administration;
and Series 2. Events and Programs.
|Subjects and Contributors:
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women (U.S.)
- Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
- African American Women -- Massachusetts -- Boston
- Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
- Mentoring -- Massachusetts -- Boston
- Mentoring in social service -- Massachusetts -- Boston
- Political participation -- Massachusetts -- Boston
|Conditions Governing Access:
||The collection is unrestricted.
|Immediate Source of Acquisition:
||The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. Board of Directors donated
the material to Northeastern University in 2007.
||Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2008; updated
by Hanna Clutterbuck, August 2008.