Things to do and Black Boston highlights. Code classes, Night club list, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack shopping, Museums and more.
Black Events and Things to Do
March is Women's History Month
Thursday, 21 March, 7 pm
"The Whole Town Was a Graveyard"
Between 1845 and 1851, the population of Ireland was ravaged by mass starvation. Park Ranger David Hannigan describes how Boston responded to "The Great Hunger" by sending a US Navy Ship on a humanitarian mission to feed the people of Ireland. Location: Bunker Hill Museum, Lower Level.
***Coming soon to the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, a special commemorative exhibit on the legacy of the USS MASON, the first World War II warship with a predominately African-American crew. This destroyer escort was constructed here in Charlestown and its service contributed to the end of racial segregation in the US Military.
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 pm
Mothers of Freedom
This program explores the vital role played by Boston’s’ African American women and their allies in the struggle for social justice and equality in the years preceding the Civil War. We will examine the critical role that these women played on the Underground Railroad, in the Abolition Movement, and in the fight for Civil Rights. Location: Faneuil Hall, Find Your Park Space, Lower Level.
March 22 - Jessie Morgan-Owens will present her new book, Girl in Black and White: Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement.
April 29 - Emily Bazelon and Boston-based former Prosecutor Adam Foss for their joint event entitled, "Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration."
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm
The Stone Age: A Forgotten Era
Explore the lifelong fight of Massachusetts' own Lucy Stone to win equal voting rights for women and African Americans. Despite leading both the women's rights and abolitionist movements, Stone's name is often absent from the history. Join us in examining why this historical titan's work was so integral to the nation's evolution. Location: Faneuil Hall, Find Your Park Space, Lower Level.
March through April - Play Reading Meetups
produced by ArtsEmerson
ABOUT THE PLAY READING BOOK CLUB: Meets at the Emerson College campus or at one of our neighborhood partner locations for this very unique and engaging community education and theatrical experience. Locations include: Dudley Branch LIbrary, Roxbury Library, Vine Street Community Center.
FREE things to do
3/23 - Verizon Learning Lab: Internet of Things (Boston, MA) WebSite Link
3/27 - Authority Marketing: Become a Recognized Expert in the Digital Age WebSite Link
3/27 - HI Boston Community Night: Artists, Innovation & Social Change WebSite Link
3/30 - The Harvard Foundation's 27th Annual Albert Einstein Science Conference WebSite Link
4/3 - Undesign the Redline:the Transformation of Race, Place and Class in America WebSite Link
4/20 - Boston's Black Owned Business (BBOB) Market Season Opener WebSite Link
If you worked in 2018 and earned $55k or less, you qualify for FREE tax preparation! Service is provided by the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity Tuesday and Thursday from January 29th through April 11th, 2019. Location: 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor downtown Boston.
Preview Black book releases and the Boston book store list. See Well Read Black Girl news and a multimedia reel about the Best Male Writers of 2018. To have your book or publication reviewed and possibly featured, please send an email to Public Relations at PR@BLACKBOSTON.COM and put [book release] in the subject line of your email.
OPEN CALL to submit a film or movie review. We'll give you the Props! Send response to Contact@BlackBoston.com with the word "Film Prop" in the subject line. View a recent submission from Kareem.
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National Black Doll Museum, 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 July of 2012. The museum celebrates black history through the eyes of a doll collector. Location: 288 N Main St, Mansfield, MA 02048.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.
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
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. 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 England Heritage Trail
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.
calling all poets
Poet in Chief
The new City of Boston official Poet Laureate is Porsha Olayiwola. Congratulations.
updating ... 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.