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The lonely path of innovation–Thinking Differently, Overcoming Obstacles

by Joan Reissman

This is Women’s History Month—a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history. Women have faced an uphill battle to establish themselves in many careers, especially in the field of science. Even today, women struggle to gain an equal foothold with their male counterparts. Science labs depend on grants, and obtaining grants is highly competitive. Despite the obstacles, many women have made significant contributions in science. Here are some examples.

Remembering Robert C. Hayden Scholar, Educator, Historian, Activist

Scholar, Educator, Historian, Activist

by Paula Paris

Black History Month 2022 coincides with a celebration of the life and works of scholar, educator, and historian Bob Hayden, who passed away on January 23 just thirteen days after his son Kevin was sworn in as Suffolk County District Attorney. A quiet, soft-spoken man, the full volume of Bob’s expression was projected through the voices of the multitude of individuals whose lives he chronicled in his oral histories and publications.

Susan Dunningan, JFY Board Member

It’s just been fun

Our December podcast featured members of the JFYNetWorks Board of Directors, who come from a variety of backgrounds and provide their insight and expertise to staff. Their dedication to JFYNetWorks adds up to over 75 combined years of service.

When Susan Dunnigan joined the JFY board in 2003 she brought a professional view of disparities in economic opportunity developed through her successful business lending career with major Boston banks, including Minority Business Enterprise lending. She also brought direct experience of the classroom through her previous career as a high school teacher. Susan’s broad educational background ranges from a BU MBA to an MA in Germanic Studies from BC, a BA from Regis College, two Fulbright Fellowships in Marburg, Germany, and studies at four other German schools.

Kevin Macdonald, JFY Board of Directors

“It just wasn’t fair.”

Our December 16 podcast featured members of the JFYNetWorks Board of Directors, who come from a variety of backgrounds and provide their insight and expertise to staff. Their dedication to JFYNetWorks adds up to over 75 combined years of service.

The board of directors of a nonprofit is the foundation of the organization. Board members serve as custodians, guardians and advocates of its values and mission. JFY is fortunate to have senior board officers whose personal values align with the organization’s mission and whose longevity in office gives them the historical perspective to understand JFY’s evolution and its relation to the social and economic conditions of the times.

Thanksgiving Proclamations The dialogue of hope

The dialogue of hope

by Gary Kaplan

Giving thanks is a primordial human behavior. Ancient sacrificial rituals served the dual purpose of expressing gratitude for survival in a hostile environment and beseeching omnipotent deities to ensure future survival. These rites were the earliest form of insurance policy. Representations in image and word range from cave paintings to hieroglyphs to scriptural injunctions to the sacrificial turkey on Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post cover.

Pandemic politics and science denial: how to measure a year

by Greg Cunningham

Pandemic politics and science denial: how to measure a year

When the number came on the screen the song popped into my head:

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure? Measure a year?*

Except it wasn’t a Broadway revival. It was the latest death toll in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the number had just ticked past half a million people. We were only days away from the grimmest milestone imaginable: one person dead from Covid-19 every minute of every day. One death per minute for an entire year. How do you measure such a year?

William Monroe Trotter, The Boston Guardian

by Paula Paris

William Monroe Trotter 1872 – 1934

“For every right, with all the might”

(Motto of the Boston Guardian)

On Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in the heart of what was once a thriving middle-class African-American residential and business neighborhood, sits the William Monroe Trotter K-8 School, one of two local tributes to its namesake. The other is the home Trotter once owned on Sawyer Avenue in Jones Hill, Dorchester, where he and his wife lived from 1899 to 1909 and which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Boston-bred Trotter was a major civil rights activist and journalist in the early twentieth century, whose legacy has largely faded away. There are no monuments preserving his likeness.