For over twenty years the Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement (HOBA) discovered, detailed and disclosed the significant achievements and contributions of African Americans, Cape Verdeans, and Hispanics of African descent who made significant contributions to the Commonwealth. A highlight of each HOBA celebration was the recognition of students of African descent (African-American, Caribbean, Latino/a, Cape Verdean) from each of the nine institutions in the Massachusetts State University System. HOBA has been instrumental in helping us celebrate both the history and future of people of color in the region.
The yearly HOBA celebration was discontinued after 2011 so that personnel and resources of the Office of Institutional Diversity could be fully focused on supporting student success. Bridgewater State University is pleased to continue to offer the HOBA materials to the campus and external communities through this online gallery and community exhibits. (Please contact Jay Block, Collections and Exhibition Manager, if you would like to discuss the use of the portraits in your community.)