JANUARY 18, 2019   •   7:30 AM   •   AT THE ROXBURY YMCA


Please join us for a morning of honoring Dr. King as we raise critical funds for the Roxbury YMCA's annual campaign.

At this year’s breakfast we will be honoring two outstanding community leaders with awards:

Keynote Speaker - Ronald S. Sullivan Jr.
Director, Criminal Justice Institute - Harvard Law School

Professor Sullivan is a leading theorist in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice and techniques, legal ethics, and race theory. He is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop. Professor Sullivan also serves as Faculty Dean (formerly, “Master”) of Winthrop House at Harvard College. In 2009, he became the first African American ever appointed Master in Harvard's history.  

Professor Sullivan has provided legal commentary for CNN, FoxNews, PBS, and all other major networks. He has been quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers and periodicals, and he has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on numerous occasions.

Professor Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association and as General Editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal.


Keeper of the Dream Community Service Award: Mr. Joseph Feaster, Jr.

Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. has been practicing law for nearly 40 years, during which time he has developed an expertise in numerous areas of the law, including corporate, employment and labor, real estate, contract, licensing and zoning, and probate. Presently, he is the court-appointed Receiver for Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. Recently, he served as the Interim Town Manager of the Town of Stoughton. Prior to joining McKenzie & Associates, P.C., Attorney Feaster was Of Counsel to the firm of Wynn & Wynn, P.C.

Attorney Feaster previously served as President of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council, Acting Director of Real Estate for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, Interim Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, one of the largest public housing authorities in the country; Assistant Secretary and General Counsel in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance, Associate Counsel in Prudential Insurance Company’s Northeast Home Office, and as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board’s Boston Regional Office. His professional affiliations are numerous, as his expertise is sought within the City of Boston and nationally. Such affiliations and service include serving as a mediator for the Suffolk County (MA) Superior Court Mediation program, and as a registered lobbyist in Massachusetts. He currently serves as a board member of the National Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, as a board member of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc., as a board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Boston (NAMI Boston), and as a board member of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM). He previously served as President of the Boston Branch NAACP, as Vice Chairman and board member of Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), as Speaker of the House of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as a board member of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), as a board member of Dimock Community Health Center, which tenure included serving as Board Chairman and as the Center’s Interim President, and on the Executive Council of the Massachusetts AARP. Attorney Feaster was also a member of the Commonwealth’s Workforce Investment Board; past President of Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association, past president of Northeastern University School of Law Black American Law Student Association (BALSA), past president of Combined Boston BALSA, and past Chairman of the Boston Enhanced Enterprise Community Advisory Board.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Corporate Leadership Award: John B. Cruz Companies

Cruz Companies is a third generation family owned enterprise based in Roxbury, MA. Founded in 1948 by John “Bertie” Cruz, Jr., it has grown from two carpenters to a multi-discipline real estate company. The Cruz companies now consist of John B. Construction, Cruz Development Corporation and Cruz Management. Headed by Bertie’s son, John B. Cruz, III, the trio of companies strives to provide superior customer service and a quality product for its clients and tenants.

The John B. Cruz Construction Company is responsible for landmark projects and developments across the region; Cruz Development Corporation produces well-designed homes, maintaining the highest standards of workmanship, and; Cruz Management Company, Inc., provides quality residential housing management services.

In addition, Cruz Construction is committed to building community through his charitable work and utilizing local vendors and subcontractors whenever possible. Cruz Cares is not just a motto, but Cruz’ social responsibility arm, a non-profit organization that exists to help Boston’s urban community.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information contact Roxbury YMCA Executive Director Kathryn Saunders.

The Roxbury Y is proud to offer its Annual Community Service Day on Monday, January 21, following the event.


The event will be held at the Roxbury YMCA: 

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