Kim Janey Becomes Boston's First Black Mayor
She Experienced Busing in Boston. Now She’s the
City’s First Black Mayor.
Ayanna Pressley Honorary Degree & Commencement
President Robert A. Brown then revealed this year’s Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. In 2009, Ayanna Pressley was the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston City Council, and nearly a decade later, in 2018, she became the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, representing the state’s seventh congressional district. In her three years in Congress, Pressley has made a name for herself as a fierce advocate for equitable and progressive policies. She is an original member of the Squad, alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) (D-N.Y.). Fun fact: Pressley also delivered the commencement address at her high school graduation. As this year’s undergraduate Commencement speaker, she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Boston University at the ceremony.
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