Things to do and Black Boston highlights. Code classes, Night club list, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack shopping, Museums and more.
Things to Do
REFLECTIONS ON JACOB LAWRENCE. Step Afrika!
You are invited to attend the FREE Welcome to Boston Cast Party on April 30th, 7:30 p.m., presented in the spirit of Elma Lewis, the Nation Center for Afro-American Artists, the Origination Cultural Arts Center and ArtsEmerson theater.
Inspired by painter Jacob Lawrence’s groundbreaking series about “The Great Migration,” eighteen performers transform the work into a textured, interdisciplinary movement piece incorporating South African Gumboot, Western African dance, vocals,drumming and audience participation.
4/28 - Kuumba Singers of Harvard
perform tributes to Black Theater
8:00 p.m. show, $12 Gen admission, $8 student
May 5th 2018 Spring Symposium
Myth, Reality & Mapping the Underground Railroad
What: An Interactive Workshop & Panel Discussion: Few historic institutions from the black past have attracted contemporary attention more than the Underground Railroad.
Tales of white abolitionists who steered escaped enslaved men, women and children through the secretive world of special codes, false walls and hide-outs in attics, barns and cellars, have sometimes distorted historical facts. $35 TOUR & SYMPOSIUM (includes lunch), $25 SYMPOSIUM ONLY (includes lunch), $20 TOUR ONLY. sign up. Location:St John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
Martha's Vineyard Out of Body
Trip tickets on sale to a Martha's Vineyard's insider's retreat. Choose among culinary adventures with island food chefs, farmers, oyster cultivators, fishers and authentic food artisan guides. Request a Brochure. A virtual tour online will be provided before you go.
25 Competitions for Parents and Teachers to Interest Girls in STEAM see the list
Roxbury Innovation Center
The RIC seeks referrals to friends or family who wants to develop coding skills at a low-cost or want to design a product. The 5-week Introduction to Web Development course delivered by Professionals from Boston Women Who Code will take place Thursday evenings from 6-8PM with teenagers and adults.
Research study is recruiting parents
learn more African American or Black parents are invited to participate and earn a $25 gift certificate in research survey about family life. Boston Black-owned restaurants target growth. learn more.Boston Hip-HOP music artists struggle for visibility. - learn more.
Theater Company List
ArtsEmerson 617) 824-8400
A.R.T. American Repertory Theater (617) 266-0800
The LOEB Drama Center (617) 547-8300
Company One (617) 292-7110
Hibernian Hall (617) 541-3900
Huntington Theatre Company (617) 266 0800
MASS MOCA (413) 662.2111
Origination Dance (617) 522-3900
Shubert Theater Boch Center (866) 348-9738
Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker(617) 524-3066
The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), under the directorship of Edmund Barry Gaither. NCAAA fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. Visitors info: 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA 02119, (617) 442-8614. Hours Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
COOPER GALLERY free exhibits
African and Afro-American art ReSignifications - until May 2018
The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art is directed by Henry Louis Gates, author, professor and host of the popular PBS Network TV shows "Finding your Roots," and "Africa's Civilization, " gallery activities are free and open to the general public. View contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art. Attend lectures presented by guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. Tel 617-496-5777. Hours Tu-Sat 10am - 5pm, Harvard Sq, Mt Auburn Street Cambridge, MA. website
Black History Museums
Museum of African American History Beacon Hill
The African Meeting House
A National Historic Landmark, take a Boston Black history venture trip to MAAH and experience the restored African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, hubs that were once the heart of 19th-century Black Boston in 1855. Walk into the nation's oldest public school for African American children and experience exhibit galleries, educational programs, a museum store and more. There is also a site on Cape Cod's Nantucket Island. Massachusetts Historical Society
The MHS collections are particularly well-known for extensive holdings of personal papers from three presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The collections contain many famous documents including Paul Revere's own account of his famous ride. In 1854, the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society sponsored a Fourth of July rally in Framingham, Mass. Noted abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Henry David Thoreau, addressed the crowd. Garrison burned copies of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the U.S. Constitution, which he called "a covenant with death and an agreement with hell." Black New Enland Heritage Trail
Telling New Hampshire’s forgotten stories, BHTNE covers the docks of Portsmouth, where merchants engaged in the trans-Atlantic slave trade unloaded their cargo, to the northern border with Canada where many escaping captives found their first moment of freedomand more. For more than 300 years, the lives of African people and their descendants have been a part of New Hampshire’s history. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire works to open hearts and minds for a deeper understanding of who we are as a collective and to recognize that we share a uniquely American heritage. Black Doll Museum of Mansfield, MA
The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture sponsored by the Doll E Daze Project & Museum Inc opened its doors in historic downtown Mansfield, Mass in July of 2012. Rich in culture the museum celebrates black history through the eyes of a doll collector. Boston NAACP - NIAGRA MOVEMENT
100th CENTENNIAL program book keepsake (PDF) Download it here, its free!
STEM and Code events
Black Girls CODE Boston Chapter activity calendar. See what's going on with #BlackGirlMagic. web site.
Poet in Chief
Writer and Poet Danielle Legros Georges is the City of Boston's official Poet Laureate raising the status of poetry every day. Danielle is an advocate for poetry, language and the arts.
Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of academic interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam - Every Sunday. Doors open at 7:30pm with a poetry slam. The Lizard Lounge club and bar, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge.
BLACK BOSTON TV offers local, and regional programming choices. The WGBH Basic Black series show is the longest running public affairs television program in Boston. BNN-TV Channel 23 is Boston's Public Access tv station offering a full slate of programming by people of color.
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.