Board of Directors
||Dr. Elaine Cawley 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.
Dr.Weintraub's personal website
by Charlie Utz
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 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
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.
|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.
Kimberly with two of her children and Captain William Martin
||Joel 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. 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 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 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
history to her work at the African American Heritage Trail and is
honored to be a member of the board.
||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.
||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
||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 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
of Al and Kate by Wayne Smith