Finding Community

Diversity: Living in the Boston Area

Resources for Black and African American Faculty and Their Families

You can find community in the Boston and Cambridge areas through professional networks, places of worship, cultural events and community service. Starting points for socializing and networking include local chapters of national African American organizations, such as Jack and Jill of America for families and The Links.

Places to find local cultural performances, black churches and news include online lists at and Boston Online: Black Boston, and in the weekly newspaper, the Bay State Banner. Near MIT, Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research hosts lectures, events and art exhibitions.

The perception of Boston as a place of racism lingers, but reality is more complicated—and even optimistic. The election of Deval Patrick in 2007, only the third African American governor in the country, is emblematic of change. Growing numbers of black and African American professionals are settling here after school and training, and finding numerous opportunities to start or continue their careers.

Local organizations with networking opportunities include:

TPNO Boston/New England Chapter

Links black professionals and the Boston business and political sectors by sponsoring networking events, forums and roundtable discussions.
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Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Provides services and programming to increase the economic self-reliance of African Americans; advocacy group for the civil rights of people of color. Has student internships, annual gala and opportunities to volunteer.
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Museum of African American History

Dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England. Also provides educational programming, book discussion groups and musical events. Locations in Boston and Nantucket.
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Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA)

Networking opportunities, professional development seminars, social events, educational forums, mentoring programs and community for attorneys of color in Massachusetts.
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