- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has launched a Black Advisory Commission charged with advising him on issues related to the economic prosperity and well-being of the black community in Massachusetts.

The Republican governor launched the commission Thursday as a celebration of Black History Month by signing an executive order Thursday and swearing in several members of the panel.

Baker says the commission expands the mission and scope of the African-American Commission, recognizing that the black community includes those identifying with many national origins and ethnicities, not limited to African-American, Cape Verdean, Haitian, Jamaican, Somali or Ethiopian.

Deborah Enos, executive consultant and former CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan, will serve as the commission’s chairwoman.

The commission will assess the priorities of the statewide black community and make recommendations to the Baker.

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