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Student Activist Meggie Noel Named 'Bostonian of the Year'

February 2017

Meggie NoelMeggie Noel, C’2020, was named one of the 2016 Bostonians of the Year for challenging race relations at her high school. Noel and high-school classmate Kylie Webster-Cazeau were honored for calling out systemic racism at Boston Latin School, the nation’s oldest public school.

According to a recent Boston Globe column about the honorees, the student activists were spurred to address the racial climate at their school after reading racist tweets sent by fellow Boston Latin students following a 2014 grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Their social media campaign sparked community outcry, investigations and reforms at the school. “Their activism and assertiveness would change the debate about race — not just inside one of Boston’s most esteemed institutions, but across the city itself,” wrote Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen. 

VIEW VIDEO: In Jan. 2016, Noel and classmate Webster-Cazeau launched a social media campaign #BlackatBLS aimed as highlighting the underlying racial tensions at Boston Latin School.


Read the full story: Bostonians of the Year 2016: Kylie Webster-Cazeau and Meggie Noel