The El “Batey” award gets its name from the Taino Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. The Tainos used this word “batey” to describe any square in front of the home of their cacique/chief, where they celebrated their public activities. Each town had one, and they were considered sacred places where magic/religious ceremonies were practiced. We like to think of our own communities as “bateyes” where we can honor the hard work of our women. As you know, Boston is a very diverse city, yet still segregated in terms of access to high-quality education, employment, housing, health care, etc. In fact, the Boston Globe just ran a Spotlight series on race, including alarming facts from the 2015 “The Color of Wealth in Boston” report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University, and the New School. According to the report, the median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8 (sadly, not a typo!).