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The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts working progress report.

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BECMA UPDATE, Nov 17, 2017
received from the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts Board

Yes… although we have been less visible, we’ve been working!

A few months ago, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) board of directors recognized we needed more clarity on our strategy. We engaged The DoCanto Group to take us through a strategic planning process to determine how best to achieve our mission and goals to improve the economic well-being of the Black community in Massachusetts.

Although this planning process made us less visible over the past few months, it provided us with the clarity we needed to focus on specific strategic initiatives.

Here is a summary of our strategic focus:

Supplier Diversity Program

BECMA believes it is important to advocate for change in public policy to address economic inequality. The Commonwealth has an opportunity to lead the country on this issue. We have the best universities in the world, an educated workforce, a wealth of economic development and a politically engaged community, unfortunately juxtaposed with the highest levels of economic inequality in the country. We can do better.

BECMA recommends an economic bill that has inclusionary language to insure Black and Hispanic businesses equitably participate in every state issued contract. This bill is to promote “equity of opportunity in contracting; and, to that end, [to] encourage full participation of Black and Hispanic owned businesses in all areas of public and private procurement.” All procurement contracts greater than $100,000 should require a qualified Supplier Diversity Program plan with measurable commitments to utilize certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) contractors, suppliers or vendors.

We encouraged the adoption of the Massport Omni Hotel Minority Business Requirements by MassDot and other state agencies and authorities, state colleges and universities and community development corporations (CDCs) for all land, construction and service procurements. In particular, we encourage the application of minority business enterprise (MBE) requirements for the development of the forty (40) acres to be developed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).  BECMA also recommends the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (MCCC) adopt language that insures that all licenses include Black equity participation as well as an SDP plan.

As part of the Supplier Diversity Program, BECMA recommends the Commonwealth provide dedicated funding to support technical assistance for MBEs to accelerate their capacity for growth.

The State plays a major role in attracting new companies to the Commonwealth that bring significant opportunities such as General Electric and Amazon. BECMA recommends that a condition of any “economic incentives” is that companies prepare and adopt a Supplier Diversity Plan and an MBE design and construction plan. An MBE procurement plan should be a condition for any economic incentives.

Workforce Development

BECMA recommends the Commonwealth implement a plan to diversify trade unions, including sanctions of unions that fail to implement a diverse building and union trade workforce in five years. The trade industry provides exceptional opportunities for training, skill development, good paying jobs and entrepreneurship. By diversifying trade unions, we can create jobs and address economic inequality.

In addition, BECMA recommends that companies of significant size and impact that receive “economic incentives” to re-locate to or expand in the Commonwealth should engage in training programs at our local community colleges.

Leadership and Representation

BECMA strongly believes the Black community needs “a seat at the table”. We recommend that all gubernatorial appointments to Boards and Commissions include persons of color with business backgrounds. BECMA also recommends the Black Advisory Commission conduct a self-assessment of Governor Baker’s Urban Agenda, which was launched in 2014. We strongly encourage the administration to deliver on its promises.

We have already begun our work on these strategic initiatives. We presented our recommendations to the Black Advisory Commission (BAC) on November 2nd and November 14th at their listening sessions. We will be advocating for these initiatives over the next 12 months and will regularly share our progress with you.

We also have a few housekeeping items to address. We were not satisfied with the printing quality of the first portrait of 100 Black Owned Business Leaders of Boston that we sent in September (sorry for the delay), so we mailed a higher quality picture this week that will arrive early next week. If you paid ($40) for a picture, but did not receive it in September, please send an email with your name and mailing address to

Due to our internal work over the last few months, we are renewing all memberships that have not been paid in 2017 at no charge.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to a productive 2018!

Happy holidays!

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts


Written by BostonMurrell

November 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Nielsen publishes new consumer resarch report about Black Women #BlackGirlMagic

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She is triumphant over barriers, she’s dangerously well educated, she is not afraid to start a business on her own, she is the breadwinner of the Black community.

She is #BlackGirlMagic

Nielsen’s New Report offers data and insights to the Black women’s ability to drive product categories and shift culture—and make it look like magic.

Million Woman March


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November 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

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Bethel A.M.E Church organizes Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter town hall chit chat, 9/29 at 5pm

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9/29 – Organizing for Justice: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, and Beyond What:  Free tickets

Powerful panel discussion moderated by Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, minister at Bethel AME Church. The Panelists: Hollis Watkins – SNCC Veteran and Freedom Singer, Founder of Southern Echo, Olmis Sanchez – REEP Adult Coordinator at ACE and Carl Williams – Attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts.  Starts 5:30, light refreshments will be provided.  Bruce Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. Roxbury, 2nd floor  School Committee Room When: Friday 9/29  f rom 6-9 .

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September 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

Living Legends Awards Gala – Museum of African American History Dec 4th

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Save the Date | Living Legends Awards Gala
Sunday | December 4 | 2016
4:30pm | Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Four Seasons Hotel | Boston | 4:30pm

Salute extraordinary trailblazers

whose remarkable accomplishments uphold the legacy

of 18th and 19th century black patriots and their colleagues who

distinguished themselves on behalf of freedom and justice.

Stay tuned for more details to be announced.

For information on sponsorship
opportunities and tickets, please click here!

Written by BostonMurrell

January 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

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Gang History in the Black Community

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The Professor

I discussed this topic some in a recent essay I drafted for a publication titled From Richard Wright’s Bigger Thomas to Ferguson’s Michael Brown: The Reality of Indignant Forces in Post-Racial America. I touched on this topic mildly, but since gangs were not the theme of my paper, it lacked a great deal of depth. The video below is fantastic as it notes this way of life is a dead end. One is either killed by a fellow gang member, by another gang member, by a cop, or will spend the rest of his/her life in fear or jail. Rap culture and Hollywood have romanticized this life style. White kids, Asian kids, etc are caught up in this false lie. The video points to the fact that gang related violence and murder are at new lows thanks to intervention programs by community groups and former gang members. Bloods Above: I am…

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Written by BostonMurrell

January 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

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NAIS SDLC (Part II) 2014

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The Professor

Look at all of these young high school folks here showing that their hands are up, don’t shoot at the People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. They remind folks that Black Lives Matter in the age of Ferguson. I love the energy of being with all types of people from some of the best private schools in the country. You are looking at future leaders here. I think I handed more cards out to young students than I ever have before. I told them to send me an email so that I could learn more about what they will do to transform their campus upon return.


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Written by BostonMurrell

January 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

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List of Boston Martin Luther King 2015 Celebrations with very long list of church events.

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January 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

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