RI - The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) in
partnership with the Opportunities Industrialization Center of RI (OIC) will
honor Clifford R. Montiero at the inaugural Black History Month Commemoration
Breakfast. The theme for this year is
“Beyond Creative Survival" that honors African Americans who have endured and contributed much to our state and nation with
plans for a brighter economic future.
two organizations will recognize Civil Rights Honoree Clifford R. Montiero. Mr.
Montiero has dedicated his life to civil rights and social
justice for over 60 years. His involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the
north and south in the early 60's; an organizer of the RI Chapter of CORE;
President of the Providence Branch of the NAACP; RI Fair Housing advocate; and
the primary founder of the OIC of Rhode Island in 1966. Cliff is a natural recipient of this
recognition as someone who has made a difference locally and nationally in
advocating for change, justice and economic opportunity.
event will also feature Keynote Speaker Travis McGready, CEO of the Massachusetts Life
Sciences Center. Mr. McCready directs the
center’s investment strategy, along with the agency’s operations, programs, and
partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for
Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and
community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. Mr.
McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of
Van Leesten, CEO of the OIC of Rhode Island stated - " The partnership
between the RI Black Heritage Society and OIC of Rhode Island has an organic
historical connection. Recognition of
the historical past and planning for the economic future is an inseparable
concept. Honoring Cliff is deserving and
represents a true partnership between the two organizations. The potential of
this partnership is quite significant."
Guzman Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society stated.
"Having Mr. Montiero and Mr. McCready at this event is exciting – they
embody our mission of ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward.’ And the partnership
between OIC and RIBHS cements the idea, two African American focused organizations with longstanding connections and like-minded
Black History Month
Date - February 28,
Time - 8:00 am to 9:30
Place -Omni Hotel Providence