Photos: Living Legends Celebration of The Museum of African American History

Check out scenes from the December 3, 2017, event at the Four Seasons.

Governor Charlie Baker wowed an audience of 400 who attended the 50th Anniversary of the Museum of African American History and Living Legends Awards gala at the Four Seasons. He read a passage from a book by renowned African American Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  The 2017 Living Legend Honorees were internationally renowned biotechnology entrepreneur Dr. Tony Coles, founder of Yumanity Therapeutics of Cambridge and former as CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. He was involved in one of the industry’s largest acquisitions in 2013 as he led Onyx in its acquisition by Amgen for $9.7 billion and MacArthur winner and esteemed Harvard professor Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. She is the first African-American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor. Others in attendance included Roger Brown of Berkeley College and his wife, Bright Horizons Founder  Linda Mason;  Founder Chair of Plymouth Rock,  Jim Stone and his wife, Museum board Chair Cathy Douglas Stone; Former Deputy US Attorney General; Avid Technology  President, Jeff Rosica;  The Partnership’s Carol Fulp; Founder of Vista Print, Robert Keane; Northeastern University Professor Barry Bluestone; AND WCVB TV5 Cityline Host, Karen Holmes Ward.

From Left to right: Jazz Musician Bert Seager and his wife Renee Loth, Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger; Richard Taylor. Back row Boston Globe Columnist Derrick Z. Jackson / Photo by James Manley

From Left to right: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, event Co-Chair Colette Phillips, Living Legends honorees Dr. Tony Coles and Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and event Co-chair Dr. Priscilla Douglas / Photo by James Manley

Beacon Hill Resident and Board Chair of the Museum of African American History, Cathy Douglas Stone / Photo by James Manley

Avid Technology President Jeff Rosica and his wife Terri Rosica / Photo by James Manley

Museum Board member David Garrison, the great-grandson of renowned Boston Abolitionist
William Lloyd Garrison / Photo by James Manley

Back Bay residents Dr. Michael Scott Morton and Museum of African American History’s board member Marcy Gefter / Photo by James Manley