Join the Museum of African American History for the 2023 Living Legends Gala! On Sunday December 10, the museum celebrates Boston’s African American history, and commemorates the long struggle for equality. This year we honor our 2023 Living Legends — Clayton H.W. Turnbull, Melissa M. MacDonnell, and Ruth J. Simmons.

Hosted again this year by Anthony Anderson, the Living Legends Award recognizes outstanding lifetime accomplishments to civil and human rights locally and nationally. The Living Legends Award continues a tradition established by the African Meeting House when they honored stalwart visionaries including Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison.
Date & Time
December 10, 2023
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Meet The Honorees
Clayton H. W. Turnbull
Clayton H.W. Turnbull was born in Jamaica and came to the United States with his parents at the age of six. Mr. Turnbull attended Boston Public Schools, graduating from Dorchester High. He then received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from The University of Massachusetts Boston. In 1992 Mr. Turnbull secured the rights to develop a geographical area for Dunkin' Donuts as a franchisee. Building stores in economically deprived neighborhoods was his vision and motive for the business plan. Today he owns and operates Dunkin’ stores in diverse neighborhoods of Boston (Back Bay, Dorchester, Nubian Square, Roxbury), Logan Airport and Quincy. As CEO of The Waldwin Group he is committed to creating a rewarding experience for customers and employees in alignment with core values and a mission to provide the best service and product to customers.

Mr. Turnbull's development experience in real estate consists of various projects. Most notably he revamped an unoccupied building on Allerton Street in New Market Square in 2005. He built on a parcel of land from the ground up, a mixed commercial and residential units in Nubian Square in 2018 and he developed in 2014 beautiful condos in Jamaica Plain.
Melissa M. MacDonnell
Liberty Mutual Foundation
Melissa M. MacDonnell is President of the Foundation at Liberty Mutual Insurance and Vice President, Community Investments at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Since she founded Liberty Mutual Foundation in 2003, it has committed more than $340 million dollars to 1,300+ organizations through direct grants, with a focus on advancing security and building resiliency for vulnerable people and communities. As Vice President of Community Investments at Liberty Mutual Insurance, Melissa also oversees the company’s corporate community engagement, including its philanthropic thought leadership, robust employee engagement and Integrated Programs, which leverages Liberty’s core capabilities, expertise and assets to drive greater impact in the community. The recipient of numerous awards for her philanthropic work, Melissa believes deeply in the potential of the private sector, in concert with the community at large, to ignite social good.

Melissa earned her BS in Finance with a concentration in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

Ruth J. Simmons
Presidential Distinguished Fellow
Ruth J. Simmons is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Rice University and Adviser to the President of Harvard University on HBCU Initiatives.  She served as President of Prairie View A&M University until March 2023. Prior to joining Prairie View, she was President of Brown University from 2001-2012 and President of Smith College from 1995-2001. Under her leadership, Prairie View was reclassified as an R-2 Research University and Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. 

Event Experiences & Sponsorships
Establish your brand as one that supports and promotes diversity and cultural understanding.

Please contact us if you would like to customize benefits to enhance your partnership. In addition, the MAAH board is pleased to invite supporters at the $25,000 level and above to invite only VIP Pre-Reception with our Living Legends and special guests.

Please contact Alexia Layne-Lomon, our Director of Development, at [email protected] or 857-262-6005 for more information.

Download the LLG23 Sponsorship Packet

Exclusive Sponsorship Experiences
2 available!
Presenting Sponsor  |  $100,000
You will receive maximum exposure at the Presenting level. Your company will receive a spotlight on the MAAH website for one year to include a personalized message and headshot with your logo/web link.
•  Prominent spotlight placement with logo on the website for one year
•  Access to all Gala photos
•  Logo on Step & Repeat Wall
•  Special recognition from the Host
•  Social media announcement of the sponsorship plus (2) Dedicated Social Media posts
•  Opportunity to designate an event Committee member
•  (2) Full-screen 16:9 color slides in event slide show
•  One year Museum Corporate Ally Membership*
•  Recognition in all media releases
•  Placement of corporate logo/link on the LLG website
•  Full page inside cover ad in the program book
•  Two (2) Meet & Greet passes with Host
•  Twenty-four (24) VIP pre-reception tickets
•  Twenty-four (24) tickets & premium program seats

Thank you to TJX, our 2023 Host Sponsor!
THANK YOU TO Liberty Mutual Insurance, OUR 2023 main stage SPONSOR!
2 available!
Living Legends Award Sponsor  |  $25,000
As a Main Stage Sponsor, you’ll receive recognition every time the program is mentioned. The stage backdrop will prominently display your logo alongside the event logo. Your advertisement will be featured on two (2) 16:9 screens during the program.  
•  Credit as the Living Legends Awards Sponsor on all event materials 
• Access to all Gala photos
• Logo on Step & Repeat Wall
•  Special recognition from the stage
• Dedicated Social Media content with our Legends
• Full-screen 16:9 color slides in event slide show
• One year Museum Corporate Membership
• Placement of corporate logo/link on the LLG website
•  Full Page ad (next to the Legends bio pages)
•  Ten (10) VIP pre-reception tickets
• Twenty (20) tickets & premium seats
See you on December 10!

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