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NAACP Boston President Michael Curry in WBUR studios. (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)
NAACP Boston President Michael Curry in WBUR studios. (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

Despite its liberal reputation, Boston isn't known as a city often friendly to African-Americans. Michael Curry, the newly-elected president of the Boston branch of the NAACP hopes to change that.

The 42-year-old attorney was elected to the presidency in December in the branch's first contested election in decades.

Michael Curry points to the city's lack of an African-American night-life scene as just one the factors in Boston's poor reputation among blacks. And he says it points to a larger, underlying inequality that extends in to the corporate community as well.

As the Boston branch prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, we talk with Michael Curry about the vestige of racism in Boston, as well as what can be done to address violence in the black community.

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This segment aired on January 17, 2011.

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