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BPDA Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

May 07, 2021

by: Barry Reaves, BPDA Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) proudly joins the nation in celebrating our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities this May. As we surpass the one year mark since the onset pandemic, which corresponded with a torrent of racist verbal and physical attacks against AAPI communities, we are saddened that this racial prejudice has not only continued long into this year, but has escalated in recent months.

While we acknowledge the pain afflicted in our AAPI communities this past year, we must also make time and  create space for celebration, joy and healing. This month, we will recognize the beauty, richness and remarkable diversity among Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander cultures, and heritages.

Since 1977, the month of May has been a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians to the American story.

The BPDA recognizes the rich legacy of the AAPI community, who have been leaders for change, and were fearless when establishing their communities and traditions in Boston and the United States. Without hesitation, these communities have demonstrated their dedication to our city and our nation.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have deeply impacted our society in all facets of American life. We invite you to join us this May, as we will be hosting, co-sponsoring and providing educational events, resources,celebrations, and more as we recognize AAPI Heritage Month 2021.

In Solidarity,
Barry Reaves

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