African-American museum honors two Living Legends

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 05:50:32 AM. The Museum of African American History of Boston and Nantucket yesterday bestowed its Living Legends awards on Yumanity Therapeutics founding investor and CEO Dr. Tony Coles and Harvard University sociologist and author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot at the Four Seasons Hotel last night.Coles, a cardiologist, said he was humbled by the moment and being in the company of people “who bear witness to the

The Museum of African American History of Boston and Nantucket yesterday bestowed its Living Legends awards on Yumanity Therapeutics founding investor and CEO Dr. Tony Coles and Harvard University sociologist and author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot at the Four Seasons Hotel last night.

Coles, a cardiologist, said he was humbled by the moment and being in the company of people “who bear witness to the notion that the work is not done.”

He said his life allowed him to invent and innovate cancer and cardiovascular therapies and run a biotech company focused on treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Lawrence-Lightfoot recalled the importance of her family’s dining room table growing up. In addition to nourishing meals and revelatory conversations, it’s where her activist parents served up a “counter curriculum” to the ones that she was fed at school, she said, leading her to a life of “exploring competing truths and alternative explanations.”

The museum, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African-Americans in New England from Colonial times through the 19th century. The African Meeting House on Beacon Hill is one of its four historic sites.

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