Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to be Honored with the 2017 Black History Month Leadership Award During the WSHC Annual Meeting

  • February 14, 2017


(Boston, MA) February 2017 – Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to be honored with the 2017 Black History Leadership Award on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Whittier Street Health Center as part of its Black History Month celebration during its Annual Meeting. The award will recognize Councilor Pressley’s outstanding contributions to promoting diversity in the Boston Community.


Pressley has held numerous positions throughout her illustrious career in politics at the local and federal level of government. She has worked to provide opportunities for pregnant and parenting teens, ensure sexual health education in high schools across Boston, diversify economic and wealth, building opportunities for people of color, and strengthen support services for families of homicide victims and sexual assault survivors. In 2013, she created the Elevate Boston coalition to ensure issues impacting women and the LGBTQ community were part of the 2013 Boston mayoral race debate.


“Whittier is proud to celebrate Black History Month by honoring an individual whose contribution to our community is an exemplar,” said Frederica M. Williams, Whittier Street Health Center’s president and CEO. “Councilor Pressley contributes her time, talent, and treasure to our community while maintaining a very hectic schedule. Her advocacy on behalf of women and children are issues that Whittier addresses everyday with the population it serves.” Williams continued.


Pressley has been recognized for her contributions to diversity with awards such as the EMILY’s List Rising Star Award and the Victim Rights Law Center’s Leadership Award. Ayanna was named to Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas List, was a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders honoree, and is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership.


Pressley attended Boston University and shortly after, worked as a Senior Aid for Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy II and United States Senator John Kerry.


The celebration will include the annual address by Whittier Street Health Center President and CEO, Frederica M. Williams, a presentation by Councilor Pressley, a musical performance, storytelling and poetry readings.



About Whittier Street Health Center (

Whittier Street Health Center is a Joint Commission accredited, private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. Serving close to 30,000 clients with approximately 120,000 clinic visits and 20,000 community outreach visits annually, Whittier has a patient base which is ethnically and racially diverse and includes significant numbers of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Greater Boston. Whittier provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. Whittier is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level 3 (highest level) patient-centered medical home. Learn more at


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