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Massachusetts Black Leaders 2024
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Doreen Wade, President of Salem United, has been named a Massachusetts leader in the Black and African American community based on nominations from the readers of MassLive. We are spotlighting nominees with Professional photos and profiles published in the coming month in recognition of Juneteenth.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
New Information about Negro Election Day celebration in the City of Boston Massachusetts in 1693

Disclaimer: 

After meeting with the Curator of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, I was given permission to use this information.  We will be working together regularly, with the new leadership and the Company's historians, continuing to find additional details.    He said, "Many of the men who belonged to the General Court were members of the Company".   I as given a tour and taught the history of the Company's relationship with the Indian community.   But this story only deals with the City of Boston's part of the history.  In Salem Massachusetts we are still celebrating 284 years of Negro Election Day

Update on Negro Election Day history:  In 1693 the General Court of Massachusetts ruled that the title General Election will become Negro Election Day and it would be a principal holiday.  

In 1831, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company wanted to stop the mixing of the races and separate itself from Negro Election Day's participation in their annual parade, so they separated themselves by honoring the "no blacks" in the Boston Common law and excluded them from participation.  They also spread the name, "Nigger Election" so it separated Negro Election Day from Artillery Day. 

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"35 years before the signing of the declaration of Independence, a democratic system was established.  284 years later, we continue to honor that democratic system at the annual Negro Election Day State Holiday.  We need your support on July 20, 2024!

Come out, join our celebration, participate in our annual Parade, rejoice with our flag raising, all while enjoying live music and honoring the men who strived for excellence, but, for a long time have been forgotten."

Salem United, Inc and its President Ms. Doreen Wade

“The strength of a democracy lies in the ability of its citizens to question, engage, and actively participate in shaping its future.” – Barack Obama

"FROM CAPE COD TO BOSTON, FROM BOSTON TO SALEM, AND FROM SALEM TO PITTSFIELD, WE ARE."

NEGRO ELECTION DAY  

We want you to understand who we are and why we call ourselves "Salem United".  

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