Dr. Elaine Cawley Weintraub
Dr. Weintraub is a historian and co-founder of the Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail, a model public history project and physical trail. She chairs the history department at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and involves her students as research assistants, journalists, and muralists. Her research on the African American history of the Vineyard has been published in the New England Journal of History, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Organization of American History and, most prominently, in her book Lighting the Trail – the African American Heritage of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1993 and 1996 she was a Paul Cuffe Fellow, a Fellowship granted by the Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport, in recognition of her original scholarship in the field of “minority contributions to the maritime history of New England.” A finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program in 2001, she was Massachusetts Global Educator in 2003, and was recognized for her services to anti-racist, inclusive education by the Anti Defamation League’s World of Difference organization in 1998. She received the Margot Stern Strom Award for services to intercultural understanding from the Facing History & Ourselves organization in 2006.
Andora Aquino was six years old when she moved to Marthas Vineyard from Brazil. With the exception of the years spent at Colgate University and UMass Amherst earning her degree, the Vineyard has always been her home. Andora is a real estate agent, property manager, and business owner. She is an avid reader, enjoys playing never-ending games of hide and seek with her 3 year old daughter and hanging out with her two dogs.
Arthur Hardy Doubleday, Esq.
Arthur Hardy Doubleday grew up on the Vineyard. Attending the Oak Bluffs school, he then moved on to the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. He is a 2003 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a double major in American Studies and Educational Studies. Mr. Hardy-Doubleday has organized communities in Hartford, Connecticut and has passion for empowering people and communities. An avid sailor, Mr. Hardy-Doubleday has crewed aboard Freedom Schooner Amistad during her East Coast and Halifax tour. A member of the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP since his youth, he is presently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration at Suffolk University.
Deborah Finley-Jackson is a lifetime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard. She is an ordained minister in the AME Church and in that capacity has worked with committees and programs related to women and youth, including Rites of Passage Program, Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group, Sunday School, and Women’s ministry. In addition, Debbi has been an educator for the past twenty seven years. Her mission has been to inform and expose those in her classrooms to heritage and history as a way of lifting self esteem and encouraging personal best in the children she has taught over the years. She is committed to giving back to her community and serving on the Board of the African American Heritage Trail gives her an opportunity to thank the Martha’s Vineyard community for its contribution to her development.
James Jennings is a novelist, artist, educator, and entrepreneur from Hartford, Connecticut. A renaissance man, in 2017 James spent more months in Mexico City and France than in the US, where he commutes between Oak Bluffs and New York City. Follow him on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook @jameswjennings.
Carrie Camillo Tankard
Carrie Tankard is the vice-president of the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP. She is an activist within the Island community, and has worked tirelessly over many years to promote intercultural understanding. She is the keeper of the archives and the cofounder of the African American Heritage Trail.
Carmen Tankard Amadeo
Carmen Tankard Amadeo grew up in the Highlands area of Oak bluffs following her family’s move from Newark, New Jersey. She has first hand knowledge of the African American culture of that area. She has traveled extensively and coordinates travel groups through Europe, Mexico and many other destinations. She is interested in the quality and inclusive education of young people.
Major General Joseph C. Carter
Major General Joseph C. Carter assumed duties as The Adjutant General of the MA National Guard in September 2007. Prior to that he served as Chief of Police for the MBTA Transit Police Dept. He is also a former Chief of Police for the Town of Oak Bluffs. As AG he is the Governer’s senior military advisor responsible for ensuring the Guard forces are prepared to deploy worldwide in support of the National Defense Strategy. Serving under the AG are approx. 8000 soldiers, airment, and full-time civilian employess throughout the Commonwealth.
MG Carter is a life member of the First Corps of Cadets and the NAACP. He is also affiliated with 21 other civic and military organizations, recently completing service as the elected President of the 21,000 member International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police. He is Board member emeritus of the AAHT.
Dr. Charles Ogletree, Jr
Dr. Charles Ogletree, Jr. is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and is the Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Dr. Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree’s most recent book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst college is “From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America”, was published by New York University Press in May 2006. Professor Ogletree earned an B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.