Hubert and Katherine Jones honored with 2015 Community Advocacy Award

February 16, 2017

Eastern Bank honors Hubert "Hubie" and Katherine "Kathy" Jones with the 2015 Community Advocacy Award

BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – Eastern Bank today honored Hubert “Hubie” Jones and Katherine “Kathy” Jones with the bank’s 2015 Community Advocacy Award, which annually recognizes the region’s best community leaders. 
Held in honor of Black History Month at the Museum of African American History in Boston, tonight’s award ceremony recognized Hubie Jones and Kathy Jones, each, with their own awards.  The Newton couple was recognized for their 50-year-fight for equality in education for all children and for their community activism to stem violence.

“Eastern Bank is proud to celebrate and pay tribute to Hubie and Kathy Jones’ remarkable and unwavering commitment to social justice and public advocacy,” said Eastern Bank chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook. “Children in Massachusetts, and throughout the United States, are better off today because of Hubie and Kathy’s collective efforts.”

Hubie, who founded the Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), is widely known for his “Task Force on Children Out of School,” an effort that uncovered the scandal of more than 10,000 children who were pushed out and excluded from the Boston Public Schools.  The report also exposed how a countless number of children with disabilities were misdiagnosed, warehoused, stigmatized and educationally languished in separate classrooms.  Following the report, and the passage of Chapter 766, the special education law in Massachusetts, thousands of children, previously deemed “unteachable,” now go to school where they can learn, grow and succeed.

Kathy was a founding member of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities (METCO), a 45-year-old voluntary program that educates Boston students of color in 35 suburban public school systems.  She also served as director of the Newton Public School's METCO program for a decade and was the first African-American elected to the Newton School Committee where she served eight years. Kathy, a well-known author, activist and educator, grew up in Harlem where her neighbors included Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins and W.E.B. DuBois – all officials of the NAACP.  An excerpt from her memoir, “Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey,” inspired the production of a play in Boston. Kathy wrote the play, which recounted her time growing up in Harlem.

Renowned Boston photographer Don West was also on hand at tonight’s event, signing copies of his new book, Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership. The book, underwritten by Eastern Bank, serves as a celebration of leadership in Boston with 107 portraits, including Hubie Jones.

In addition to underwriting Portraits of Purpose, Eastern Bank participated in the creation of the 231-page book.  The book is a photo essay celebrating leaders of color and their achievements impacting Greater Boston. The informative life sketches accompanying the photos were written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper.  The artist notes for each portrait were written by Nancy Stager, Eastern’s Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Charitable Giving. Book launch events were previously held at the Boston Public Library and Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.   

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, with $9.5 billion in assets and more than 100 branches serving communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way.  Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Bank Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility and for its advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes. 

For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens. 

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