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Underrepresented groups and activism in Boston's history
- Herbert Tucker, Jr. -- Legal and civil rights expert and activist in Massachusetts, "In 1959, Tucker was named assistant attorney general of the state of Massachusetts, where he remained for nine years. At the time, he also served as president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP. In his dual capacities, Tucker sought a probe of the Boston Red Sox as a result of their releasing their only African American player in what Tucker described as an ongoing pattern of discrimination" -- https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/honorable-herbert-tucker-jr
- Elvira “Pixie” Palladino -- East Boston community activist opposing the desegregation of the a Boston Public Schools. She served two terms on the Boston School Committee, and she helped found the anti-busing group, Restore Our Alienated Rights (ROAR).
- Jorge H. Hernandez -- "Boston’s mayor Ray Flynn described Jorge Hernandez as 'one of the truly great community leaders in the long history of Boston’s ethnic development. A dedicated fighter, a hard-working visionary, Jorge was able to harness and direct the enormously productive energy of Boston’s Hispanic community.'"
- Parcel C protests (Boston, Massachusetts) -- the site of one of the most successful Asian American organizing actions in Massachusetts history: https://scholarworks.umb.edu/iaas_pubs/22/ . There would be a great deal of historical newspaper coverage of this parcel and the surrounding protests.
- John C. Graves -- "activist involved in the gay liberation movement in Boston in the 1970s. Graves was born in 1938 and raised in New York City. Between 1964 and 1974, he was a philosophy professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After coming out in 1972, he became actively involved in mental health, educational, and spiritual assistance programs for Boston's gay community. He was also active in student organizations and founded the Gay Academic Union of New England in 1974. In 1974, he left MIT and became a psychotherapist at the Homophile Community Health Service in Boston. An opera singer with the Boston Concert Opera, Graves was also a member of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in the late 1980s. In addition, he was involved with the formation of the Boston Center for Lesbians and Gay Men, serving as a steering and board member between 1987 and 1988."
- Homophile Community Health Service (Boston) -- one of the first health centers in Boston, founded in the 1970s, to focus on gay-positive mental health counseling for LGBTQ people.
- See Google Books, JSTOR, and the historical Boston Globe for sources.
- Archival resources at https://archivesspace.library.northeastern.edu/repositories/2/resources/867
- John A. Ross (musician) -- very accomplished African-American composer, organist, choral conductor, and jazz musician from the Boston area. Active locally and nationally, involved in many Boston-area arts and music organizations.
- Archival resources at https://archivesspace.library.northeastern.edu/repositories/2/resources/854
Articles needing expansion
- National Center of Afro-American Artists -- includes clear suggestions for improvement at the top, there are also many secondary sources that should be included and will be relatively easy to find in Google Books or in historical newspapers.
- Fern Cunningham -- Lots of room for expansion including citations to her individual works, a photo of her and of her works, and additional sources from local newspapers.
- Paul Parks -- A stub article with little about Parks' long political career and in need of reference cleanup. There will be many secondary sources in historical newspapers about his political work.
- Frederick P. Salvucci -- A stub article with at least one suggestion for improvements, covering a major figure in Boston and MA government history. There is lots of room to flesh out his role in local urban planning projects, and find additional citations showing his importance.
- Restore Our Alienated Rights (ROAR) -- A stub article with lots of clear suggestions for improvements, about the major group fighting against desegregation during the Boston busing desegregation in the 1970s.
- United South End Settlements -- An article that could use expansion in the history section with reference cleanup and more work incorporating secondary sources.
- National Association of Black and White Men Together -- Umbrella organization of a group whose papers are held at Northeastern, could use additional secondary sources and expansion of history section.
- Bay Windows -- Very stubby article on the major LGBTQ newspaper in Boston. Expand with history, publication location, etc. Use The Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Times, and other newspaper articles as models.
- La Alianza Hispana -- Needs more from secondary sources in historical newspapers, particularly the Boston Globe, and books accessible through Google Books.
WikiProject to-do lists
Choose a stub- or start-class article.
- WikiProject LGBT Studies: Things you can do
- WikiProject African Diaspora: Current goals
- WikiProject United States/Hispanic and Latino Americans: Open tasks
- WikiProject Indigenous Peoples of North America: Articles requested
- Lots of help and links to start- and stub-class searches here.
- WikiProject Feminism: Open tasks
- See their recent assessment activity log at the bottom of their assessment page.
Previously improved articles
A selection of previously created or improved as part of edit-a-thons or classroom assignments.
- Boston Society of Vulcans
- Carmen Pola
- Community Resources for Justice
- Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts
- Clarence "Jeep" Jones
- Phyllis M. Ryan
- Triangle Theater Company
- Bob Markell
- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
- Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing
- Arthur Batcheller
- A Note To You
- Citywide Educational Coalition
- Gay Community News (Boston)
- Edward F. Lyons, Jr.
- Travelers Aid Family Services of Boston
- Borkum Island was crimes trial
- Chinese Progressive Association
- The Bromfield Street Educational Foundation
- Jean McGuire
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
- Sarah-Ann Shaw
- Sara R. Ehrmann
- Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network
- Muriel S. Snowden
- Elma Lewis
- Mel King
- Byron Rushing