Welcome to our neighborhood THE BEGINNINGS: The first Blacks arrived in Boston aboard a slave ship named "Desire" in 1638 when the city was young with Puritans from Boston Lincolnshire England. Today there are approximately 138,000 who checked the African-American census box in Boston. A majority of black people live in zip codes 02119,02120,02121 and 02126 located in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Boston is a majority-minority city with 53% of the population being people of color. The UMASS/Trottter Institute defines these four zip codes as "Black Boston."
see job opportunities for people of color and everyone looking for work.
STATE of BLACK BOSTON Report comes out June 11, 2014
travel Massachusetts "Pals at Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs" by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
a Boston History Moment in 2014
A marker went down on the Greenway to fix the spot where the first black woman bought a house and land in Boston. It was the year 1670!
The woman in this photo, Dr. Vivian R. Johnson, discovered her and wrote a book about her life titled Free Black and Female: The Zipporah Potter Atkins Story of Homeownership in Colonial Boston.
Zipporah thrived at a time in Colonial Boston (1645-1705) when most Africans were enslaved, were being Puritan culture schooled and it was rare for people of African descent to own a home when she bought hers.
The site located at the corner of the Rose Kennedy Greenway North End Park near Hanover Street and the John Fitzgerald Surface Artery was marked by an Engraved Historic Interpretive Marker recently by Governor Deval Patrick and the Museum of African American History.| Map-it. Contact MAAH for more info at 617-725-0022 x22.
easy on the donuts, young men
Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity
for Boys and Young Men of Color
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S My Brother's Keeper announcement
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:
Section 1. My Brother's Keeper Task Force. (a) There is established a My Brother's Keeper Task Force (Task Force) to develop a coordinated Federal effort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color (including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) and their contributions to U.S. prosperity. The Task Force shall be chaired by the Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.....
Mission highlights: - (i) develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color (and other ethnic, income, and relevant subgroups) in absolute and relative terms;
(ii) assess the impact of Federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones;
(iii) create an Administration-wide, online public portal to identify and disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color;
The good news is that there are thousands of new home builds on the books for income-limited and middleclass families ( the affordable homes market duo.) The problem is, there is 10 times more demand than there are units coming to Boston markets in 12 months. And, people who get one are chosen by lottery. here's more details.
Check out our dedicated Boston Housing Leads page here to look up community development corporation affordable housing builders, apartments being leased, management companies taking applications, and more.
The Boston area 2013 fair market rent (FMR) used by managers of AFFORDABLE income-limited housing stock was: $1,035 for an Efficiency, $1,156 for a One-Bedroom, $1,444 for a Two-Bedroom, $1,798 for a Three-Bedroom and $1,955 for a Four-Bedroom in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area. This area includes hundreds of towns near Boston.
Renters: >Read 10 Things every Boston tenant needs to know in The New Bostonian Guide to Tenants' Rights.
Home Sales Price Trends
Average House Prices per neighborhood: Dorchester $255,000 - $244,450; East Boston $252,750 - $245,000; Hyde Park $242,000 - $239,000; Mattapan $233,000 - $215,000; Roxbury $250,000 - $230,000; Citywide $369,500 - $362,000 dollars. source:CityofBoston.Gov/DND
Condo average sales prices 2012-2013
$175,000 HYDE PARK
$227,500 EAST BOSTON
$263,750 WEST ROXBURY
$326,500 JAMAICA PLAIN
$380,000 SOUTH BOSTON
$555,578 SOUTH END
$602,500 CENTRAL downtown area
$665,000 BACK BAY BEACON HILL
The average price of a home citywide was $375,900. (Recent indicators point to high single digit increases in the average home prices on the 2013 market.)
SEE BOSTON TAX ASSESSOR'S BILLS FOR PROPERTY Look up assessed tax bills here.
Take a look at this Rentable Space Diagram for the Dudley Municipal Building under construction in Roxbury's Dudley Square.
These report are produced by the National Urban League (NUL) and the Urban League of Eastern Mass (ULEM.) There's something in it for everyone. Views about Black America are different among groups of leaders, activists and educators so keep that in mind as you read this work.
Here is the full text of President Obama's speech at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
The MassMentors.org MOC campaign aims to create awareness around the need for mentors of color, identify and provide recruitment opportunities, and offer training and consultations.
@MassSDO is a Twitter account for the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office. The SDO promotes access to lucrative supplier/vendor contracts to black Boston businesses and ethnic business owners seeking certification.
TOUR BOSTON virtually with the Play Button. Black neighborhoods receive equal play with the Boston waterfront, Boston museums and restaurants in this African American hosted video tour of Boston.
Mapping your way thru Black Boston? ABB is taking questions.
Here's a new question from a reader.
Dear AboutBlackBoston.com: Where shall I take a 3 year olds for fun activities where its likely that there are African Americans playing there?"
ANS: We are still looking. Consider the Plaster and Play shops for fun hands-on activities parents and their kids can enjoy. And the Franklin Park Coalition offers different programs and outdoor activities connected to the Franklin Park Zoo and the Emerald Necklace green space. Chucky Cheese was suggested.
The Boys Clubs of America on Blue Hill or Talbot avenue are strongly recommended for their programs. Look over the Boston Parents Paper, its online, and consider the Boston Common playground near the frog pond and Beacon Hill.
You can Count On YPN - the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) to fill a void in your networking life. YPN is the sweet spot for ethnics who are 19 to 45 and desire to meet people via networking. For more information about YPN email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see event listings.
Black Boston | networks | There are African American owned business enterprise profiles online at BlackPagesOnline.com; Collette Phillips produces GET KONNECTED! networking events turning out 300 to 600 people; the BDPA Metro West and MassSDO host business networking events.
The Partnership creates corporate connections for young people of color.
The Boston Black Student Network (BBSN) recruits hundreds of black students from 20 area colleges and universities BBSN. Boston, the walking city, is a networking town.
BLACK BOSTON TV is BASIC BLACK and more. The shows capture the stories, people, and issues that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond. The episodes are also streaming LIVE online and viewers are encouraged to comment online in real time.
COLOR magazine highlights professionals of color and is published by Color Media Group, LLC 781-433-6975.
The 2012 Boston Latino TV Access Awards will be held at the Royale Boston night club located at 279 Tremont St, Downtown Boston. Boston Latino TV is targeted to those who have an interest in Latino culture, opinions, ideas and lifestyles.
Black Boston History Destinations
The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.
The Robert Gould Shaw and U.S. 54th Regiment Memorial nearby has Civil War figures of Shaw and his decorated posse. Along the Black Heritage Trail is a stroll to the African Meeting House and beyond.... Condo develpment coverted Dr. Martin Luther King's apartment on Massachusetts Avenue. His former apartment was used during his Boston University years. The apartment is located near the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA Orange Line stop and just around the corner from the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Hall acoustic hideway, which anchors the corner bounded by Huntington Avenue, New England Conservatory, the Huntington Theatre and Pizzaria Uno's.
The Malcolm X House is in Roxbury where he lived with his half-sister near the Grove Hall community. Around the corner from Grove Hall sits the National Center of Afro-American Artists castle and tourist magnet.
Coming in via Logan International Airport? Our travel info page provides useful information for getting around town. View and download all MBTA public transportation routes and estimate taxi cab fares from Logan to over 300 towns in Massachusetts.
Berklee College of Music hosted African-American software producer
In a 1hr 21min video delinked by WGBH, Henry Louis Gates explained how he convinced Bill Gates to spend Microsoft's money creating the "Africana Encarta" multimedia software CD-ROM, and there was dRAMA. Wine. Dinner. Farrakhan. Fantasy! Money! BoJangles, in the conversation.
Haitian-Americans United, Inc. Mattapan
The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) is a non-profit organization founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Operations are in Mattapan, Ma. The organizations mission is to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans through education, community empowerment and cultural development.
Greater Boston Ghanian Association - http://www.gagb.org
Africans in Boston - web site coming
Boston Pan-African Forum - www.bpaf.org
Black Business Pages
view our list of investors for businesses owned by people of color and locate black, minority, and women owned businesses enterprises in Boston ma and Massachusetts state.
African American Massachusetts Tourist Profiles (2003 stats)
Who Tours Boston? What BLACKS visits BOSTON MA?
Numbers are way up since 2003 when an official report commissioned by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) was released. The report shows 16 million visitors came to the state in 2003. Most arrived July through September. Ninety-three percent of these visitors and tourists to Massachusetts were white.
2.7% were African American (400,000 rounded). 2.3% were Spanish or of Hispanic orgin, and 1.3% were Asian, while other ethnic groups were represented by 2.2% of all travelers. Most drove their own cars to get here and fifty-six percent of all visitors were residents of other New England states according to the report. Last year in 2013, the Logan International Airport and CruisePort shipdock venues saw 30,000,000 passenger visits combined so you know the numbers have for the Boston area.
Boston Black Church Worship Services and Historical Info
Follow our link to view the black Boston church referral list and see locations where all religious faiths gather in Boston.