By Carole Copeland Thomas
Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention.
Black people have always been inventive, creative and industrious. Go on any African street corner today and you’ll find talented entrepreneurs selling, making and distributing their wares. That talent was expanded as Blacks were exported, sold and enslaved to distant shores. This industriousness continued in America where discrimination, slavery and Jim Crow never stomped out the willpower of Black people to create businesses.
Fast forward to today’s Black economic trail and we celebrated several entrepreneurs at the February 11th Black History Breakfast held at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus. Two of them share the stage as a powerful husband and wife team and owners of separate businesses.
Today we recognize the accomplishments of Patricia Bonner DuVal and John Aki Duval.
Patricia Bonner-DuVal is a community activist who has dedicated her life to opening doors of opportunity for Boston’s vulnerable populations of youth, women of color and the elderly. She is the president of Bonner Enterprises a fundraising firm, with a track record of raising an average of $2 million every year since the firm was launched in 1999. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Tufts University in Medford. Patricia has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University and a Master in Education from Harvard University. She has received 16 community service awards from the State, City and several non-profit organizations. Patricia serves as a member of the Grimes-King Foundation’s Board of Directors and Trustee of the Josephine B. Dial Trust. She is married to John Aki DuVal and has two adult daughters.
John Aki DuVal and his sister Beth Deare launched JAD Fine Upholstery Company in 1990. Serving residents of the Greater Boston area JAD Fine Upholstery soon became the place to go for the very best craftsmanship available in the market place for exceptional upholstery of all types of furniture in Marine, Residential and Commercial environments. After the passing of Beth Deare, John Aki DuVal sustained the excellence of the firm’s work as the President and Director of Operations for the firm since its inception. If your desire is to have the furniture you own repaired to its original form, or if you are ready to step out into the world of custom goods made specifically for you with the care, please give us a call and see for yourself why the JAD difference can`t be beat for quality and price.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.