WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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left & right: Dancers perform at the World of Wellesley Multicultural Festival; top: A skiffle drum group performs at the World of Wellesley Caribbean Festival case made national headlines and left residents reeling. Nearly 200 citizens packed a meeting of the Board of Selectmen later that week. People attended candlelight vigils and signed petitions. Many had to answer the same question from far-flung friends and family: "Do you live in a racist town?" Longtime resident Richard McGhee, an African American who had deep roots in the civil rights movement, was aghast. The incident and other areas of governance. McGhee was asked to join a committee with two selectmen "to see what we could do to make things right," he said. "Out of that we got a police relations committee and they set up a study committee to see whether the town needed a Human Rights Committee. Historically, that was the first multiethnic 109 w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e prompted a chorus of calls for reform within the police department

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