Welcome to the Online Guide about Blacks in Boston
Black town politics
Our future city government will be lead by one of six major declared candidates. They are City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George, and Michelle Wu; Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the former economic development chief John Barros; and state Representative Jon Santiago.
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Things to do in The Arts
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Outdoor Roxbury Nubian Square Public Art Initiative features commissioned art murals, Black-owned marketplace, open-air festivals, story telling, AfroCentric block parties, Jazz, and community narratives. Location: 2136 Washington Street, Roxbury Nubian Square and various buildings such as Jazz Urbanica, The Black Market Building, the Blair Lot, wine and beer gardent, etc.
THEATER SEASONS ARE RETURNING
Arts Emerson World Alive
Theater lovers large social gathering Virtually - includes an online happy hour, dinner groups with special guests, an auction, and an engaging program featuring entertaining performances and appearances by amazing artists from the extended ArtsEmerson family. Join from anywhere! Sponsors may contact Shannon Worthington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.824.3017.
Boston Black Theater runners, actors, directors, play writers and more here.
NOW ON EXHIBIT at the ICABOSTON.org Museum
Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" Jul 1 – Sep 26, 2021
Bridgitt and Bruce Evans and Karen and Brian Conway Galleries #VirgilAbloh
People feel cool around this guy. You know Virgil is an AFRICAN American designer, entrepreneur, and DJ who has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection, right. Abloh is also the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013.
Grants and Funding list
There is always a financier, an available fund or foundation to tap for financial help. But GRANT money is what most businesses want because it doesn't have to be paid back and you won't have to submit volumes of text and explanations to get it. So stay tuned. Its August, 2021 and sources of grant money are positioning to offer some. We predict there will be new opportunities announced later this year. But today, there are not as many sources of grants as there were during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 pandemic period.
The NUBIAN SQUARE COALITION wants the Boston Public Library to name itself with Nubian Square in the line, rather than not mention it. There is an active petition drive going on for people supporting the name change.
Nubian Square is located in Roxbury, the heart of Black Boston, which is formed by zip code boundaries 02119,02120,02121,02124,01215 and 02126. NUBIAN SQUARE connects Warren Street, Blue Hill Avenue and Washington Street at its corners. Frugal Books, the only Black-owned book store in Boston has a Nubian Square address. BCIC the Black Community Information Center placed a ballot question for citizens in the district to vote for the name change from Dudley Square to Nubian Square. Then they signed the official proclamation with mayor Walsh. The Coalition advocates for Black-owned businesses and affordble housing in Nubian Square.
The word African American originated in the 1980s and appeared on U.S. Census forms as a racial category in the year 2000. This new phrase self-identifies the person as a member of the unified global struggle against domination by linking North Americans with Continental Africans and other African Diasporic Groups. The AA has a total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa. The phrase generally refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.
Black Museums and Art Galleries
(CLOSED FOR RENNOVATIONS) The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)
Roxbury, (617) 442-8614
300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA 02119.
Under the directorship of Edmund Barry Gaither NCAAA fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. Update 4/2019 news - Abbotsford, the 19th century mansion that houses The Museum, was awarded $850,000 toward the $1,135,500 needed to replace its roof and perform urgently needed flashing and masonry repairs. Donations to the restricted fund are encouraged. Donate to NCAAA.COOPER GALLERY Cambridge
617-496-5777 - New HOURS! Mon-Fri 11AM-6PM.
African and Afro-American art, lecture topics, exhbitions
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. Hours Tu-Sat 10am - 5pm, Harvard Sq, Mt Auburn Street Cambridge, MA.Museum of African American History
Downtown, The African Meeting House
www.maah.org Beacon Hill
Visit MAAH, a landmark site maintained by the National Park Service and experience its restored African Meeting House church. The Abiel Smith School is there. Its located on Beacon Hill a neighborhood that was the heart of 19th-century Black Boston in 1855. You can walk into the nation's oldest public school for African American children and learn from exhibit galleries, educational programs, a museum store and more. There is also a site on Cape Cod's Nantucket Island. Africa Gallery Cambridge
African wildlife captured centuries ago
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA Massachusetts Historical Society
BOSTON Back BAY - www.masshist.org
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 England Heritage Trail
New Hampshire - www.blackheritagetrailnh.org
Telling New Hampshire’s forgotten stories, BHTNH 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 freedom and 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.
Broadway Theaters in Boston
New Repertory Theater
A.R.T. American Repertory Theater
The LOEB Drama Center
Huntington Theatre Company
Origination AFRICAN Dance
Shubert Theater Boch Center
Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker
Poet in Chief
The new City of Boston official Poet Laureate is Porsha Olayiwola. Congratulations. 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.
Boston Haitian Community Connections
contributed by artist and educator Rhea Dunn
Our local television networks have African American hosts, producers, directors, and technical personnel working at them. The employment numbers have fell over the years. Here's the longest running..
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.