Dr. Elaine Cawley Weintraub

Elaine WeintraubDr. 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.

Carrie Camillo Tankard

Carrie TankardCarrie 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.

Major General Joseph C. Carter

joe-carterMajor 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.

kimberlyKimberly Cartwright

Kimberly Cartwright is the mother of three young children who is committed to the education of all of the Island’s young people through innovative and multicultural education.

Joel Graves

joel-gravesJoel Graves is a graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and the University of Massachusetts where he took a degree in history. As a student, he traveled the Trail in its early days and now, as one of the sophomore class history teachers, he is involved in teaching the history of the African American community of the Island, and directing the annual Heritage Trail History Project. Mr. Graves’ grandparents, Bob and Shirley Graves, are Island residents and were long time activists in the Vineyard’s chapter of the NAACP. Joel and his wife, Elaine, have a son Connor and make their home in Edgartown.

Dr. Charles Ogletree, Jr

ogletreeDr. 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.

Arthur Hardy Doubleday

doubledayArthur 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.

Ms Julia Rappaport

rappaportMs Julia Rappaport is the Assistant Arts and Lifestyle Editor at the Boston Herald. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and, after studying Modern American History at Brown University, returned to the Island where she worked as a reporter and features writer at the Vineyard Gazette. She brings her passion for her Island home, education and history to her work at the African American Heritage Trail and is honored to be a member of the board.

Deborah Finley-Jackson

deborah-jacksonDeborah 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.

Lynne Whiting

Lynne Whiting is a tutor, curriculum developer and freelance writer. Lynne has vast experience with Martha’s Vineyard organizations: she is currently a QUEST MV organizer and advisory council member; she is former Education Director at the MV Museum (formerly MV Historical Society); as well as a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society.

John Budris

John Budris is the editor of Vineyard Style magazine and a journalist of excellence who has published work in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, and the “Chronicle” program on Channel 5 Boston.

Alan J. Mahoney

Photo of Al and Kate by Wayne SmithAlan J. Mahoney is a photographer, graphic designer, and web developer. Al studied visual design at the Tyler School of Art of Temple Univ., and has an M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology from North Caroliina Charlotte. He is a member of the Cape Cod Football Officials Association, and also acts as a referee for youth league and MV schools basketball and baseball games.


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