Vivian Johnson, Ph.D., Co-Chairperson

Associate Professor Emeritus (School of Education) at Boston University, Johnson pioneered innovative and successful educational development programs for urban youth and their communities. Working along with her husband of fifty years, she has assisted black communities and nations internationally in improving their education and social productivity while deepening their cultural grounding.

Kafi Meadows, Ph.D., Co-Chairperson

Meadows is a Global Product Manager in the Life Science Biology business at MilliporeSigma.  She is also the niece of the late Elma Lewis, Founder and Artistic Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Melissa Nobles, Ph.D., Treasurer

Nobles is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Ma. She has authored two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics, and The Politics of Official Apologies. Acting Manager.

Margaret Burnham

Distinguished lawyer and civil rights activist, Burnham is an Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University, where she established the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.  First African American woman to serve in the Massachusetts judiciary and formerly a principal of Burnham and Hines, Attorneys-at-Law, She is internationally known for her contributions to the struggle for human rights and justice.

The Honorable Milton L. Wright, Jr.

Milton Wright is retired First Justice of the Roxbury District Court in Boston.  He is a Commissioner of the City of Boston Licensing Board. A gifted singer and writer of a musical productions as well as a lawyer, Judge Wright is Musical Director for adults in Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity as produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and Co-founder of the Butterfly Project.

Denzil D. McKenzie

McKenzie is Managing Director, McKenzie & Associates, PC, Jamaican Honorary Consul to Massachusetts, and Vice President, Executive Committee of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association.

Amy Olatunji

An original member of the Board of Directors, Olatunji is a member of Peace Action International, and is active with several initiatives of the United Nations and other organizations concerned with cultural and humane issues. She is the wife of the late deceased Nigerian drummer Michael Babatunde Olatunji.