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ROXBURY HERITAGE CELEBRATES MLK DAY 2020
Tour years of MLK work at the Dillworth Thomas Heritage Park site on Saturday January 17th or Sunday January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Learn about Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. living in in Roxbury and his famous 1965 march from Roxbury to the Boston Commons park.
MLK DAY AT FRANKLIN PARK AND STONE ZOOS
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd. in Dorchester
and Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St. in Stoneham will offer free admission on Monday, January 20,
2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MLK OPEN HOUSE AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday,
January 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
JFK PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY MUSEUM
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Martin Luther King, Jr. day, the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to perform
Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Museum in the Stephen E. Smith
Center, Columbia Point in Dorchester. RSVP req. (617) 514-1644
MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
The MLK Day of Service will be held Monday, January 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way in Boston.
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Faneuil Hall, 4 S. Market St. in Boston. Join
distinguished leaders, audience sing-a-long..
TOWN OF BROOKLINE MLK DAY CELEBRATION
Monday, January 20, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard
St. in Brookline. The theme of this year’s event is “Roxbury to Brookline:” more….
How to make an African American
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.
National Black Doll Museum, 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.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
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
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.