The last two gubernatorial elections in Massachusetts showcased the African Diaspora as a unified constituency with a powerful influence on the social and economic development of the state. After the elections however, very little effort was made to maintain the unity of the African Diaspora and close any gaps that persist between the different communities. Alas, there are fragmented and weakened African communities without a bargaining leverage to develop programs or push for favorable policy goals. The different African communities in the region face similar challenges such as immigration, health care, education, and employment. Most Africans come to America with a dream of flourishing in “the land of opportunities”, yet it’s common for many to become disillusioned by the disconnect between their aspirations and the reality of life in America. Qualified African doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants and other professionals are quite often reduced to menial work for which they are over qualified, due to lack of knowledge and access to resources. However, this does not have to be the reality.
Africans in Boston (AiB) tackles the aforementioned challenges and meets the needs of the African Diaspora in Massachusetts by:
-Connecting the African Diaspora with various resources;
-Strengthening the African constituency in the region and increasing its political stature;
-Providing Africans and friends of Africans a platform that transcends the cultural, educational, and professional barriers between different African communities.