Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester highlights Black leaders at Living History event

Noa Taylor, a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD), is pictured with Boston Police Superintendent Nora Baston. Taylor portrayed Baston during a Living History presentation staged by club members at the Walter Denny Youth Center on Columbia Point on Feb. 29.

About 20 teens and kids made brief presentations about the lives of notable Black Americans, including several living Bostonians, like Baston, former Mayor Kim Janey, Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Kimberly S. Budd, and former UMass Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley, Jr.

Also portrayed were national figures from history, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kobe Bryant, and Jesse Owens, and the late Bruce Seals, a longtime coach and mentor at the BGCD. At the end of the program, Noa Taylor sang a stirring rendition of the Same Cooke classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

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