Chancellor Motley Participates in Civil Rights Panel at Milton High School

Office of Communications | February 08, 2015
Chancellor Motley Participates in Civil Rights Panel at Milton High School

In response to racial injustices over the last year, Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of African American leaders on Wednesday, February 11 to discuss civil rights in the United States and the Greater Boston area in “50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights Is Still Relevant.”

Panelists include UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley; Kenneth Guscott, former President of the Boston Chapter of NAACP; and Maurice “Mo” Cowan, a former U.S. Senator. Attorney Fletcher “Flash” Wiley will moderate this discussion panel.

Panelists will share their personal journeys toward success, justice, and equality, as well as contributions that they and other prominent African American men have made to the state of Massachusetts.

The conversation will take into account the complex history of race relations in Massachusetts, beginning with its role in the slave trade, and its subsequent experience with the abolitionist movement, Jim Crow, and desegregation. Ultimately, the panel will discuss local responses to racial injustice. The event will conclude with a discussion of the future of race relations.

50 Years Later runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. The event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a performance by Milton High School’s Jazz Ensemble shortly after. View a flyer for the event.

The Milton High School Diversity Committee created 50 Years Later with the hope of bridging generations and raising awareness among students and the community about the continued relevance of these civil rights issues.

About the Milton High School Diversity Committee
Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members. The Diversity Committee’s primary goal is to improve the learning environment for students of all racial and cultural backgrounds within Milton High School so that all students are able to achieve their potential.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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