Black leadership in Boston: Is change on its way?
On Saturday, the Boston Globe's Michael Levenson suggested that the corruption scandal that has taken down former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and now led to the arrest of City Councilor Chuck Turner was prompting a call for a new generation of black leaders in Boston.
Questions about the state of political leadership in the city's black community have been festering for decades. It's been 15 years since the city had a black at-large city councilor, and you'd be hard-pressed to name a black leader ready to vie for mayor or the 8th Congressional District seat should either of them open up. CommonWealth magazine gave the topic the full treatment in "Black power: Why are African-Americans still struggling to get ahead in Boston politics?" — a story that seems as relevant today as it was when it first appeared five years ago.