2014 Conference

The Golden Decade Foundation conference of 2014 began, not on a Boston campus, but rather on a golf link in Braintree, MA where Golden Decade Foundation members used the time to both sharpen their golf game and fellowship in fun and sportsmanship under delightful early fall weather.

At 6 pm Friday evening, members of the foundation gathered at the Boston University African-American Studies Department to participate in the 2nd Ceremony Naming First Africans Brought to the Americas.

Next, under a Boston twilight sky at Boston University’s BU castle, the Tudor revival-style mansion located on Bay State Road, served as host to a COBA Reception for members of the Golden Decade Foundation and others luminaries.  It was there that people gathered to recognize the Golden Decade Foundation’s Spirit of King Award Honorees; honorees that have helped to create a legacy of black alumni as thought leaders, world changers, and tastemakers.  This cocktail reception, complete with exquisite service, hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine, created an ambiance that proved to be just the right backdrop for a much-inspiring event.    With the night only just beginning, The Golden Decade Foundation’s very own Mark Kennedy once again, opened his highly fashionable and upscale Roxbury home, along with his heart, to The Golden Decade Foundation membership.  We all came looking forward to another, much-awaited opportunity to share, network, and kibitz with fabulous food, drink, art and sculpture to be found in every direction.

Exhausted, as many were the next morning, it didn’t stop our Golden Decade Foundation die-hards from beginning their Saturday under the tutelage and guidance of GDF’s resident Zumba expert, Mary Foreman of “Always Gina”.  After being thoroughly immersed in that Zumba spirit they and others then prepared to attend the Best of BU Luncheon & Alumni Awards in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom.

Next, Boston University’s Law Tower served as the venue for The Golden Decade Foundation business meeting where Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Robin Robinson announced the 2014 Golden Decade Foundation Scholarship Awards Winners.  The meeting was capped by Keynote Speaker, Christine McMichael, of the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts, who provided both factual and useful information about a topic of interest to many in attendance.

To cap off the more formal activities of the day members of the foundation next convened in Boston University’s George Sherman Union Lounge & Patio for a School of Education Alumni & Awards Ceremony hosted by Dean Harding Coleman.

It was only after such a full and robust day that members the Golden Decade Foundation found themselves ready to “let their hair down” and “cut loose” if only just a tad.  Whether it was playing Bid Whist in the host hotel atrium, hanging out with Boston University’s UMOJA at the Bijou Night Club, gathering at Daryl's Corner or at Slade's on Tremont Street good times, great fellowship and good cheer was had by all.

As daylight broke on Sunday Morning members the Golden Decade Foundation gathered for worship under Foundation member and Pastor Miniard Culpepper at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dorchester. With the weekend soon coming to a close some members next enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch with fellow alumni at the Al Fresco Jazz Brunch on Boston University’s campus.  As part of an annual BU tradition, Golden Decade Foundation members, alumni and students were invited to come together at the Umoja Annual Welcome Back BBQ.  There foundation members found great music and dancing, great food, and great people.

As has so often been the case, the Golden Decade Foundation has, once again, raised the standard and the stakes that will be required to top the 2014 Golden Decade Foundation Conference.  What is reassuring and most promising is the prospect that an even more productive fun and information-filled conference will undoubtedly be offered.  Be ready and be prepared.

Richard Morris, GDF 2014