Leader selected for new mayor’s office for the advancement of black men


“The office will empower black men and boys and ensure they have equal access to opportunity.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, left, watches Frank Farrow speak at a press conference Thursday morning after he was named executive director of the mayor’s office for the advancement of black men. The office will address the challenges faced disproportionately by black men and boys in Boston. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe

Mayor Michelle Wu has announced a leader for the new Mayor’s Office for the Advancement of Black Men.

Frank Farrow will serve as executive director of the new office, which will be part of the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. Wu’s office is also accepting applications for the Commission of Black Men and Boys, according to a press release.

Farrow is a Roxbury native who most recently served as Roxbury’s organizing director during Wu’s mayoral campaign. Previously, he was director of family organizing for School Facts Boston, where he worked with more than 1,600 families to discuss and advocate for improvements to the city’s education system.

Surrounded by those who helped bring the new office to life, Wu discussed its significance at a press conference Thursday at the Bruce C. Bolling Building in Roxbury.

“In Boston, we will take up the torch under the leadership of Frank and with the service of our commissioners and with the partnership of the city council and all members of city government to prioritize the work of this commission uplifting men and black boys,” she said.

Through the new office, work will be done to help remove systemic barriers to opportunity for black men and boys in Boston, as well as “improve outcomes,” the statement said.

“The office will empower Black men and boys and ensure they have equitable access to opportunity through the focus of local and national policies, programs, resources and partnerships,” the statement said.

As a Boston native, Farrow said he understands “the persistent social and economic inequalities faced by black people, noting that there must be programs and resources to help create equal opportunity.

“As a black man raising two black boys in this town, I want my sons…to have every opportunity and every resource available to them so that the narrative is no longer about black men and boys who need to be resilient or striving to be better, but of them thriving and realizing their full potential, and included in Boston’s prosperity conversations,” he said.


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