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John E. Bush papers

 Collection
Identifier: M177

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents John E. Bush's work with the National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT) and Men of All Colors Boston (MACT) from 1980-2005. The majority of material dates from 1980-1990.Essays, both published and unpublished, form the majority of this collection. These include works published by the NABWMT and Men of All Colors Together, and essays on homophobia and racism published in Gay Community News and Chicago Outlines.

Two issues of the Men of All Colors Together Boston Newsletter are included, as well as a typed draft of the newsletter from the 1980s. The newsletters include lists of upcoming events, member reviews of recent events, officer and member lists, the Boston Statement of Purpose and memorial notices of members who have passed away. These newsletters provide a detailed account of the routine activities of the organization.

The collection includes two bound volumes, the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Journal of the National Association of Black and White Men Together, edited by John Bush, and "Looking In and Reaching Out," a publication of the Association's Eighth Annual Convention, held in Boston in 1988, at which time Bush was a co-chair.

Also included are newspaper clippings related to the publication of the "Boston Bar Study" in 1984, the eighth annual convention of NABWMT in 1988, and MACT's involvement in community events.

Dates

  • 1980-2005

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Historical Note

Activist and educator John E. Bush is a co-founder of Men of All Colors Together (MACT) Boston, founded 1980, and a 1988 co-chair of the National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT).In addition to serving as a national co-chair for the organization, John E. Bush was the editor of the National Newspaper for Black and White Men Together, the National Association of Black and White Men Together Journal and the Men of All Colors Together Boston Newsletter, and served for five years on the editorial board of the National Association of Black and White Men Together. Articles and essays he authored have been published in these and a number of other publications. Reflections, a collection of meditative essays by members of the organization, was edited by Bush, is located in Box 2 of the Men of All Colors Together Boston Records (M68).

The "Boston Bar Study," initiated by MACT Boston and compiled and edited by Bush, is a frequently-cited examination of Boston's gay and lesbian bars in the early 1980s. It assessed race-based discriminatory attitudes and practices within Boston's lesbian and gay community establishments. A copy of the study is included in the Box 1 of the Men of All Colors Together Boston records (M68).

Bush earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and throughout his career has been actively involved in pursuits that mirror the core values of NABWMT and MACT, publishing works on subjects including multiculturalism, homophobia and AIDS awareness. As a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, he has served as the Cultural Diversity Committee's chair, assisted in developing the Paul Cuffe Institute for promoting the retention of students and faculty in a diverse campus setting, and acted as the advisor for United Brothers and Sisters, a multicultural campus organization. Bush has also published a book of poetry, Changing Circumstances, and a collection of essays, My Father's Faith.

Men of All Colors Together Boston is the second-oldest chapter of the National Association of Black and White Men Together, which has chapters in over 30 cities nationwide. It is a "gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized. To these ends we engage in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequities in our communities and in our lives."

Extent

.15 cubic feet (1 container)

Overview

John E. Bush is a co-founder of Men of All Colors Together Boston (MACT) and served as a co-chair of National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT) in 1988. He edited newsletters for both organizations, as well as the Boston Bar Study, an examination of the institutionalized racism in Boston's gay and lesbian bars, and "Reflections," a collection of meditative essays by NABWMT members. MACT, a chapter of NABWMT, is the East Coast's oldest interracial gay organization. MACT engages in activism to address racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequities.

Overview

The John E. Bush papers document Bush's administrational and editorial activities within the National Association of Black and White Men Together and Men of All Colors Together Boston between 1980 and 2005. The collection contains Bush's curriculum vitae in addition to materials related to both organizations, including essays on race, sexuality and identity, newspaper clippings and the NABWMT's eighth annual convention program and twenty-fifth anniversary journal.

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

66/2

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from John E. Bush in 2010.

Related Archival Materials:

Bibliography

  • National Association of Black and White Men Together, "National Association of Black and White Men Together," 16 March, 2011, (http://www.nabwmt.org/)
Title
Finding aid for the John E. Bush Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Chelsea Gunn
Date
March 16, 2011
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US