This bicentennial celebration, co-presented by the Museum of Afro-American History and the Boston Public Library, includes The Massachusetts 54th Regiment and musical performances by Vivian Cooley-Collier, Guy Peartree, and the Studio Singers of the Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury. The “Words of Thunder” exhibitions at the Museum of Afro-American History celebrate the life, achievements, and challenges of famed Boston abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) during the bicentennial of his birth. From 1831 through the Civil War, Boston was the center of the radical abolition movement in the United States. View original prints of The Liberator. Although William Lloyd Garrison was the pioneer of radical abolition, he was aided by men and women, white and black. These ambassadors of abolition sparked, supported, and sustained the anti-slavery movement.

+ BIO: Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was elected in November of 2006. He brings to the Governor’s office a broad range of leadership experience at the top levels of business, government and non-profits. Hoping for the best and working for it, his life has traced a trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the US Justice Department, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts State House. After graduating from Milton, Patrick went on to Harvard, the first in his family to attend college. He received his degree, with honors, in 1978 and spent a post-graduate year working on a United Nations youth training project in the Darfur region of Sudan. He returned to Cambridge to attend Harvard Law School in the fall of 1979, where he lead the Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, and won the Ames Moot Court competition. Following law school, Patrick served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge before joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1986, he joined the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and was named partner in 1990, at the age of 34. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the nation’s top civil rights post. At the Justice Department, Patrick worked on a wide range of issues, including prosecution of hate crimes and abortion clinic violence, and enforcement of employment discrimination, fair lending and disabilities rights laws. During his tenure, Patrick led the largest federal criminal investigation before September 11th, coordinating state, local and federal agencies to investigate church burnings throughout the South in the mid-1990s. Governor Patrick has also served on numerous charitable and corporate boards, as well as the Federal Election Reform Commission under Presidents Carter and Ford, and as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Council by appointment of Governor Weld. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for over twenty-five years and have two adult daughters, Sarah and Katherine. The Patrick family has lived in Milton, in a house on Deval’s high school paper route, for the last 20 years.

+ BIO: Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon is an American media personality and author. He is best known for being the original host of The Connection, produced by WBUR and syndicated to other NPR stations.

+ BIO: Lois Brown

Lois Brown joined the Department of English at Mount Holyoke College in 1998. Currently, she is the Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College, a center dedicated to creating invigorating public programs, supporting the leadership potential of students, and creating events that allow dynamic and productive consideration of vital contemporary issues and significant historical questions. A recipient in 2004 of one of the college’s two Distinguished Teaching Awards awarded that year, she also was a Baccalaureate speaker in 2004 and delivered the faculty address at the 2002 Convocation. Brown’s research and teaching focuses on nineteenth-century African American and American literature and culture, abolitionist narratives, and evangelical juvenilia. A 2000 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Award recipient, she has been affiliated with the Harvard University Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research where she also has been a visiting fellow. Brown has lectured widely and published articles on African American literature, women’s writing, early American education, and African American history and religion. In 2001, the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston recognized her work with one of its first African American History Awards and lauded her for her “extraordinary commitment to American history” and her “obvious commitment to education and equality.” Brown’s biography, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins: Black Daughter of the Revolution, published by the University of North Carolina Press in June 2008, has been hailed as the definitive Hopkins biography for decades to come. Photo courtesy of Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

+ BIO: Lloyd Garrison

Photo courtesy of Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

+ BIO: Marita Rivero

Marita Rivero oversees the programming, marketing, and administration of WGBH’s TV and radio stations and Web site. On the radio side, this includes WGBH 89.7 in Boston; WGBH’s Cape and Islands NPR(R) station WCAI; and All-Classical WGBH. WGBH’s television services include WGBH 2 and 44, WGBH World, WGBH Create, ‘GBH Kids, WGBH HD, WGBH On Demand, and Boston Kids & Family TV. Rivero also oversees WGBH’s national radio production activity; its local television production unit, Boston Media Productions; and its Web site, Rivero was named manager of WGBH Radio in 1988. Award-winning radio productions developed under her leadership include the daily global news program The World, the Marketplace Health Desk, Sound & Spirit, and the international music service Art of the States. She also served as Executive-in-Charge of WGBH’s Peabody Award-winning multimedia project Africans in America. Rivero has developed‘s WGBH Forum Network; WGBH’s podcasting efforts and satellite radio services; and a substantial community partnership program with media, arts, and education partners. Rivero began her broadcast career at WGBH in 1970 as a producer of public affairs television, including Say Brother, one of the nation’s oldest weekly series by, for, and about African Americans. She served as general manager of WPFW, Washington, DC’s Pacifica radio station, from 1981 to 1988. Rivero has been honored with several awards for her achievements, among them, a 2007 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, for Achievement in Arts & Education; the first Image Award for Vision and Excellence from Women in Film and Video/New England; and induction into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NPR.

+ BIO: Beverly Morgan-Welch

Beverly A. Morgan-Welch serves as the chief executive of the oldest and most visible African American history museum in New England located on Bostons Beacon Hill and Nantucket. With four historic sites and collections that preserve the powerful past of African Americans from the Colonial Period through the Abolitionist Movement, the museum provides Black Heritage Trail tours, exhibits and education programs that illuminate and share a liberating American History. Beverlys career spans three decades of experience in not-for-profit management and corporate philanthropy. She has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Director of Development at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Assistant Dean of Admission at Amherst College. Beverly was also the Manager of Community Relations at Raytheon, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Hartford, and Secretary of the Connecticut Mutual Life Foundation serving the companys Corporate Social Responsibility Department. As a volunteer, her achievements include serving as Co-Chairperson of the Inauguration of the Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and raising funds for the Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund. A graduate of Smith College with a major in Theatre and Speech, in 2009, she received the Smith Medal awarded to graduates who, in the judgment of the trustees, exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education. Currently she is a Member of three distinguished history institutions: the Antiquarian Society, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Beverly Morgan-Welch, the widow of the Reverend Mark Welch, resides in Andover, Massachusetts with their daughter, Alexandra.

+ BIO: Andrea Cabral

Andrea J. Cabral was elected on November 2, 2004 and sworn in on January 5, 2005 as the 30th Sheriff of Suffolk County. She is the first female in the Commonwealths history to hold the position. In her 21 year career in public service, she has a demonstrated a commitment to public safety. Sheriff Cabral began her legal career in 1986 as a staff attorney at the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department at the Charles Street Jail, working to prepare and argue motions for bail reduction for the Suffolk Superior Court. Subsequently, she served as an assistant district attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorneys Office from 19871991. Sheriff Cabrals published works include Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending x.209A Restraining Orders in Massachusetts and coauthored Same Gender Domestic Violence: Strategies for Change in Creating Courtroom Accessibility.

+ BIO: Bernard Margolis

Bernard A. Margolis began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009. Reporting to the Commissioner of Education, Margolis administers the New York State Research Library and the Division of Library Development. Margolis came to the State Library from his previous post as President of the Boston Public Library (BPL), Boston, Massachusetts, where he served from 1997 to 2008. Bernard Margolis holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Librarianship, both from the University of Denver.

Museum of African American History
Abolitionist Series
Slavery and the Making of America Series