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Involved in activism for most of her life, Melnea Cass is particularly remembered for her community work in the South End and Roxbury. She helped black women register to vote in the 1920s,  founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters,  and worked to found Freedom House alongside Muriel and Otto Snowden. Mayor John Collins appointed her as a charter member of the Action for Boston Community Development in 1950. Melnea Cass then worked as the Boston president of the NAACP from 1962 until 1964, and a few years before her death, she acted as the chairperson for the Massachusetts Advisory Committee.

 Nicknamed the “First Lady of Roxbury” because of her activism, Melnea Cass passed away in December 1978. The eulogy above was written by Mayor Kevin White. He wrote that she worked her entire life “…to heal the rift between the races and provide for a better life for black Americans.” Her achievements mirror that statement.



Melnea Cass and participants at Boston Massacre Commemoration, Boston 200 records, Collection 279.001, Boston City Archives

Eulogy for Melnea Cass, December 1978, Box 121, Folder 56, Mayor Kevin H. White records 0245.001, Boston City Archives

Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern

A rival family is stealing the Patriarca Family’s Boston shipments and collecting a neat payday five hours away on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan.  But their Don, Dean Winchester, is wary about reaching out to a long-time New York ally.  The Russian Bratvas just do things differently.  The young Pakhan, Castiel Krushnic, is hard-nosed and very violent and while violence is a mainstay in any underworld family, this boss has a special flair for it.  It leaves an uncomfortable taste in Don Winchester’s mouth.  But encouraged by his Consigliere, Bobby Singer, he finally relents.

The Pakhan is quite different from what The Don was expecting.  Dean learns the man’s secret quite by accident and decides to keep it to himself.  They have bigger fish to fry as they discover traitors in both of their organizations while their enemy ups the stakes for each of them.  And after members of each family are kidnapped, the stakes get even higher.

Betrayals from within lead to exposing long held secrets and when long denied desires are unleashed it puts each of them on a path that will change their lives forever.  

POISK ISTINY (Finding Truth)

Story: CassondraWinchester & LOTRSPNFanGirl | Graphics: ZephyrChrysalis

Coming: 2016's Dean Cas Big Bang on NOVEMBER 23!

Rating: Explicit | Genre: ABO - AU | Other Pairings: Sam/Jess | Word Count: 100k+

Warnings: Mob-level violence, Character death (not main), torture, ABO dynamics, mpreg (not graphic).