Celebrate Boston’s Black History with an art contest, tour, performance, museum visit, or a good read!
Here are a few ideas:
City of Boston Black History Art Contest: Do you make music? Are you a poet? Do you express yourself through dance or theater? What places in Boston come to mind when you think about black history? Where do you go for inspiration? From February 1 through February 16, Boston students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to visit one or more places related to Boston’s black history and submit artwork inspired by them. Review our list of suggested sites, or introduce new sites you think matter to Boston’s Black community. Get Details and Read Contest Rules.
The Black Heritage Trail® and The Museum of African American History: Immerse yourself in the amazing history of Boston’s African American community that fought for liberty, justice and equality. Visit 14 stops on the 1.6 mile walking trail. The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century. Black History Trail
The Boston Women’s Memorial (Phillis Wheatley Statue): A public tribute to three heroic women who helped shaped Boston’s history, including Phillis Wheatley who was born in West Africa and sold as a slave from the ship "Phillis" in colonial Boston. She became a literary prodigy and was the first African American to publish a book. Wheatley Sculpture
Haley House Bakery and Café: A diverse neighborhood gathering spot in the heart of Dudley Square, Haley House Bakery Café offers healthy, delicious food and a vibrant space where all are truly welcome. Check out the House Slam and Open Mic Nights at Haley House.
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists: See a living legacy of creativity stretching from the Ancient Nile Valley to Roxbury. Celebrate the visual arts heritage of the global black world since 1969. The Museum.
African American Patriots Trail: Hear tales of intrigue, bravery, and defiance by black Bostonians unfold during this 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Residence: The Civil Rights Leader came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became “Dr. King” by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston University in 1955. He also met his wife, Coretta Scott King, while she was studying on a fellowship at the New England Conservatory of Music. Boston Residence BU Legacy
Asa Philip Randolph Statue, Back Bay Station: In 1925, Randolph organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African-American labor union. He was a life-long leader in the civil rights movement and was at the head of the 1963 March On Washington.
Bill Russell Statue (City Hall Plaza): A Boston Celtics legend who won 11 championships and was a 5 time NBA MVP. He was the first African American head coach of a modern professional sports team becoming the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 1966. A civil rights activist, Russell participated in the 1963 March on Washington. More About Bill Russell’s Boston Legacy
Bruce C. Bolling (Bolling Building/Central Office of the Boston Dept. of Education): Bruce C. Bolling was elected to the Boston City Council in 1981 and was elected Boston’s first African-American president of the City Council in 1986. During his 12 years on the Council, Bolling advocated for economic opportunities for women, people of color, and small business owners, and was a champion of the LGBT community. He was a forward-thinking and consensus-building leader whose work on diversity, economic development, and workforce equity continue to have an impact today. Bolling Building
Black History Month Activities at The Boston Children’s Museum: Designed to help build a cultural foundation for children by teaching them about the African Diaspora through music, art, storytelling, science and interactive play. See A Complete Schedule
The Boston Public Library’s Black Is…Booklist: Check out the library’s annual booklist highlighting the African-American experience. From biographies, cookbooks, musicals, urban fiction, varied literature and much more, the Black Is…Booklist includes a wide range of publications by and about African-Americans. Details at BostonPublic Library.org
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Monuments To Us Exhibit: Recently, monuments to the Confederacy have become the subject of national debate. Some believe they should be removed or destroyed as symbols of a racist past and present; others have argued that they be retained as vestiges of a contentious history. Such discussions affirm the crucial role of the visual arts in shaping the politics of remembrance. Monuments To Us
"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," by Ntozake Shange opens at Hibernian Hall on February 15, 2018. Ticket Information
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