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A Beautiful Resistance celebrates Black History Month

The Black History I carry with me: Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley with her husband Conan Harris and her stepdaughter Cora.file

A Beautiful Resistance is celebrating Black History Month by amplifying local stories of change-makers and the people inspired by them.

My name is Ayanna Pressley and I want to celebrate New England Black History by honoring the bold Black history of Boston. It was here that the first ever chapter of the NAACP was formed, that Martin and Coretta first met, that an Afro-Caribbean community built a rich, vibrant history, and that Phyllis Wheatley, who was previously enslaved, published the first book of poetry by a Black woman. Boston is also where Mel King became the first Black person to run for mayor and Sarah-Ann Shaw became the first Black woman journalist to be televised.


Representative Ayanna Pressley is the first Black woman ever to be elected to the Massachusetts congressional delegation. Congresswoman Pressley reps the 7th district, and the people, period.

Jeneé Osterheldt can be reached at jenee.osterheldt@globe.com and on Twitter @sincerelyjenee and on Instagram @abeautifulresistance.