Hosted by Trident Booksellers and Cafe, The Black Studies Reading Room is a monthly conversation on black literature and thought. Book topics will range from black feminism and critical race theory, to art of the African Diaspora and family histories. The Black Studies Reading Room is coordinated by Jovonna Jones, PhD candidate in African & African American Studies at Harvard University. Coming up Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm at 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115. FREE and open to the public.
June 2nd - Caribbean American Heritage Festival
June 19th -The Urban Lab convenes a Juneteenth Celebration at the Museum of Fine Art - mfa.org
June 22nd - BAMSFEST Boston Art, Music and Soul Festival at the Franklin Park Playstead outdoors. 18 local bands perform with vendors of food and merchandise
June 30th - Vegan Pot Luck BBQ, everyone is invited to Fowler Clark Epstein Farm at 487 Norfolk Street Mattapan, MA 02126. A donation is requested.
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.
Thirty-Five Black-Owned and Minority Owned Restaurants in Boston reviewed: learn more.
Black Museums and Art Galleries
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)
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
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
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.
Broadway Theaters in Boston
A.R.T. American Repertory Theater
The LOEB Drama Center
Huntington Theatre Company
Origination AFRICAN Dance
Shubert Theater Boch Center
Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker
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.
Boston Haitian Community Connections
contributed by artist and educator Rhea Dunn
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.