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
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
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
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.