Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick to Open up #NABJ14 in Boston
Friday, June 13, 2014
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 13, 2014) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will
hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair July 30- Aug. 3, in Boston.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick will welcome NABJ to Boston.
Patrick is the 71st governor of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is one of two African-Americans to have been
elected governor in United States history. He was reelected to office in 2010
and under his tenure Massachusetts has attained national leadership in student
achievement, in health care coverage, in economic competitiveness, in
entrepreneurial activity, in energy efficiency and in veterans’ services. Gov.
Patrick will officially open the association’s 39th Convention and Career Fair
on Thursday July 31.
He has been front and center when it comes to a
number of issues important to African-Americans across the nation from
healthcare reform to education reform. Patrick also has an inspiring personal
story having gone from the South Side of Chicago to Harvard College and Harvard
Law School. He had successful stints in the private sector and in public
service having served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the
United States Department of Justice, the federal government's top civil rights
"NABJ is pleased that Gov. Patrick will welcome
us to his great state,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “In his speech after
the tragic Boston Marathon Bombings he addressed part of the reason the state
of Massachusetts and the city of Boston are so special. “The governor said,
'Massachusetts invented America. And America is not organized the way countries
are usually organized. We are not organized around a common language or
religion or even culture. We are organized around a handful of civic ideals.
And we have defined those ideals, through time and through struggle, as
equality, opportunity, freedom and fair play.' NABJ is proud to host its
convention at the nation's birthplace," Butler said.
To register for NABJ's 39th Convention and
Career Fair, go to our website. There you will also find
information about sponsorship opportunities. Follow us on Twitter for updates,
An advocacy group established in 1975 in
Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the
nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other
support to its members worldwide.