Executive Order

Executive Order No. 362: African-American Advisory Commission

Date: 10/20/1993
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 725
Revoked and Superseded by: Executive Order 575

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WHEREAS, African-Americans represent a unique and diverse population in Massachusetts, bringing to our Commonwealth various cultures, histories, backgrounds, and traditions; and

WHEREAS, many African-Americans have courageously faced and fought to overcome slavery, racism, and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, many African-Americans, notwithstanding these obstacles and hardships, are making outstanding contributions to the educational, economic, technological, and cultural development and well-being of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the African-American community continues to face challenges in its efforts to promote and achieve social, political, and economic equality, including continued discrimination and sometimes inadequate access to education, employment, and affordable housing; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth to promote full inclusion in government and state services by all citizens of the Commonwealth without regard to race, color, sex, language, or national origin; and

WHEREAS, this administration places a high priority on significantly addressing the unique concerns of the African- American community, and promoting the enhancement of economic opportunities for the Commonwealth's African-American population;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as supreme executive magistrate, do hereby create the African- American Advisory Commission and order as follows:

Section 1. An African-American Advisory Commission is hereby established to advise the Governor on matters related to African-American affairs; and

Section 2. The African-American Advisory Commission is authorized and directed to examine and make recommendations with regard to:

a. Matters of paramount interest and concern to the Massachusetts African-American community; and

b. The appropriate means of broadening and strengthening our citizens' knowledge and appreciation of the exceptional qualities, talents, contributions, and diversity of African- Americans, and of the challenges and difficulties faced by this unique community; and

c. The appropriate efforts needed to expand and improve the Commonwealth's commercial and cultural ties with the nations of Africa and the Caribbean.

Section 3. The Commission shall be composed of thirty (30) members designated by the Governor who shall serve at his pleasure for a term of two years. The Governor shall designate a chair. The Commission shall meet regularly on a schedule determined by the chair, including not less than two meetings each year with the Governor.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 20th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three.

William F. Weld, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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