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Sep 22nd Mattapan Unity Jazz Fest

A Sunday afternoon of jazz from 1:00 pm, to 5:00 p.m. brought to you by District 4 Councilor Andrea Campbell and Artistic Director Ron Savage.The concert will feature local musicians rain or shine! Location: Foley Greens 249 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

Sep 28th AfroCentric BIG HEAD FESTIVAL

Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, 2-5 p.m.
Come and enjoy Jazz, Hip Hop, African Music, Laughter Yoga, Entrepreneur Workshop, Art Making, "Wearing Your Hair Naturally" Seminars, Kung Fu Exhibition, Community & Food Vendors, & More at the museum on 300 Walnut Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119 (617) 442-8014. This event is jointly Presented by the National Center for Afro-American Artists and the Juneteenth Committee. FREE and open to the Public.


Lauren Mitchelle SopranoPAGLIACCI Sep. 28-Oct 6 - Bring the whole family for the Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) PAGLIACCI performances and welcome soprano Lauren Michelle (in photo) making her company debut as Nedda. Location: DCR Steriti Memorial Rink in Boston’s North End – the site of BLO’s acclaimed 2018 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti/Arias & Barcarolles. The venue has food trucks, picnic space along Boston Harbor coast, circus performances, live music by local community chorusesa and carnival games, concessions, and more. View Program

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Oct 25-26th - The Annual Black New England Conference

The Annual Black New England Conference will be held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. The conference has named chief editor and publisher of the Bay State Banner, the recipient of its 2019 Citizen of the Year Award.

It is a two-day conference attracting Afrocentric subject experts and audiences. It offers sessions, a fashion show, an awards dinners, Black heritage tours, and unique activities produced by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Inc. organization.
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    Black Legacies 1619 ( view locations )

  • September 19th: Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs From the Bank of America Collection
  • September 21st: Museum Day Live!
  • October 17th: Race in the Public Dialogue - History, Free Speech and Civil Rights
  • October 18th: Boston University Dean’s Symposium 400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism
  • November 7th: Race in the Public Dialogue - Understanding Criminal Justice Reform
  • December 8th: Annual Gala at the Four Seasons

  • Boston Onyxbirds Travel Group

    The Onyxbird are people of African heritage who love to spread their wings and travel to unusual, unexpected and interesting places.
    Go to Meetup.com/BostonOnyxbirds

    Boston Outdoor Afro Meetup Group

    Outdoor Afros reconnect African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities.
    Go to Meetup.com/Outdoor-Afro-Boston

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Black Museums and Art Galleries

National Black Doll Museum, Mansfield, MA
(774) 284-4729


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)
(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.

- 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
The African Meeting House

www.maah.org Beacon Hill
(617) 725-0022

Museum of African Amerian History in Boston
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 African wildlife captured centuries ago
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA

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.

Broadway Theaters in Boston


A.R.T. American Repertory Theater

The LOEB Drama Center

Company One

Hibernian Hall

Huntington Theatre Company


Origination AFRICAN Dance

Shubert Theater Boch Center

Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker

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Poet in Chief
The new City of Boston official Poet Laureate is Porsha Olayiwola. Congratulations.
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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

  • Haitian American Chamber of Commerce web site

  • Association of Haitian Women in Boston - web site

  • Haitian Cultural and Non-Profit Resources - web site

  • BostonFETE web site

  • HAITIAN EVENTS weekly updates - web site


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The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.
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