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Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick to Open up #NABJ14 in Boston

Friday, June 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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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 post.  

"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, @NABJ #NABJ14.

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.


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