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Commemoration of the Boston Massacre

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With support from: Lowell Institute
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Thursday, March 05, 2020

March 5, 2020 marks 250 years since the events that came to be known as the **Boston Massacre**, a confrontation where British soldiers shot and killed several residents on a Boston street as tensions between soldiers and colonists rose to a breaking point. To commemorate the day, Boston leaders tell us about the Boston Massacre victims, including Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Patrick Carr, and Samuel Maverick.

**Governor Charlie Baker** was sworn in for a second term as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 3, 2019, after a first term focused on moving Massachusetts forward through bipartisan, results-driven leadership. Since taking office, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito have assembled a diverse team and put forth a ‘get stuff done’ approach to build a state government that is as thrifty, hard-working and creative as the people of Massachusetts. Raised in Needham, Governor Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he met his wife Lauren. The Bakers reside in Swampscott, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors, and are the proud parents of their three children, Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.
**Nat Sheidley **is the President and CEO of Revolutionary Spaces, an organization that stewards Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House. He was formerly Executive Director of the Bostonian Society and Assistant Professor of American and Native American History at Wellesley College. He is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University.
Ted Landsmark has been a civic planner, civil rights and equity advocate, higher education administrator, arts and culture researcher, and community-engaged social activist in Boston and nationally. He serves on the leadership committee of the Northeastern University Faculty Senate.
**Nancy Taylor** has served since 2005 as the 20th senior minister and chief executive officer of Old South Church. The dual nature of this role reflects Old South’s dual identity as both a thriving urban church, and an historic leadership institution in Boston (and, as such, steward of storied events and personages, of a National Historic Landmark Building, as well as collections of rare books and silver). Nancy studied at Macalester College (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and Chicago Theological Seminary (D. Min.). Before her call to Old South Church, she served as Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC (2001-2005). Nancy co-chairs the Dean’s Advisory Council at Yale Divinity School. She is an independent trustee of Pax World Funds, the oldest socially responsible mutual fund listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and is chair of the Funds’ Governance Committee. She serves on the Advisory Boards of both Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Life and Boston College’s Center for Religion in American Public Life. She is a board member of Revolutionary Spaces, and trustee emeritus of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.
**William Gross ** is the City of Boston's first African American Commissioner. Gross is a 33-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a Patrol Officer he spent many years in the Gang Unit and Drug Control Unit, as well as serving as an Academy Instructor. He rose through the ranks, achieving the ranks of Sergeant and Sergeant Detective, and was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2008, where he became a member of the Command Staff of the Department. Throughout his career, Superintendent Gross has maintained a strong connection with the community, and has been awarded numerous awards for bravery, meritorious service and community partnership.
**Ronnie Millar** leads the Rian Immigrant Center, formerly the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston – a Welcome Center for immigrants from Ireland and from 120 other countries. Ronnie has worked in social justice and community development for the past 15 years, as the Director of the Corrymeela Center in County Antrim – Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation center – and with the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. Ronnie immigrated to the United States in 1993 with Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked as an engineer and manager for 14 years. As a graduate of the College of Public and Community Service at UMASS Boston, Ronnie has extensive experience in community work as a mediator and facilitator. He serves on the boards of several community projects and is married to Kelly Matthews, a professor of English and Education at Framingham State University. They have two sons, Rory and Andrew, who are both Tottenham Hotspur supporters.
**Tanisha Sullivan**, a Brockton-raised lawyer and former Boston Public Schools chief equity officer, is the current President of the NAACP Boston Branch. Sullivan’s work as an attorney has included involvement in the Economic Justice Project and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, where she helped entrepreneurs with issues related to forming and growing businesses.
**Evelyn Reyes** is a senior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. She is currently a member of the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) where she has served for more than a year as part of the leadership team. As a BSAC member, Evelyn presented to school leaders and staff on how to support young people when they are experiencing attendance issues, she facilitated a town hall with over 100 young people on the impacts of trauma and the need for social emotional wellness and she played a key role as an organizer with March For Our Lives: Boston. Evelyn is a singer in the Boston Children’s Chorus and has served as co-president of the Concert Choir. Her strong beliefs are in the areas of education, environment, immigration, and health.
**Mayor Martin J. Walsh** was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. In April 1997, Mayor Walsh won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 13th Suffolk District in Boston. During his 16 years in the House, he authored landmark public construction law reforms that increased flexibility and accountability, helped pass transit-oriented mixed-use “smart growth district” legislation, and was a strong supporter of infrastructure and zoning improvements. During the state fiscal crisis, he was a key broker in compromise legislation giving municipalities more tools to negotiate substantial savings on health insurance benefits while protecting the rights of hardworking people to receive the decent pay and benefits they have earned.