Celebrate Black History Month in Boston with these events.
All across the United States, February is recognized as Black History Month, a time when people come together and celebrate the role of African Americans in the nation’s history and their achievements and advancements. If you’re in the Boston area during this historic month, here are a few ways to get involved.
The Presidency and Civil Rights
This half-day conference touches on notable civil rights milestones from FDR through LBJ, and how we can apply these lessons learned to current society.
Details: Feb. 20, 2012, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m., The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
African American Patriots Tour
This 90 minute walking tour, offered by the Freedom Trail Foundation and led by costumed guides, meanders through historically significant key sites that were important to both the American Revolution and the Abolitionist movement that lead to the Civil War. Visitors will learn about Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Peter Salem, Prince Hall and more.
Details: Feb. 9, 2012, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., 148 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02111
“Men of Color to Arms!” The Story of the 54th Regiment
This lecture, sponsored by the Boston African American National Historic Site, Laboure College and Carney Hospital, delves into the history of the 54th Regiment, the first northern black regiment to fight in the Civil War. Because of their bravery and heroic effort, the 54th Regiment was instrumental in securing victory in the Civil War and ending slavery in the United States.
Details: Feb. 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Carney Hospital, Riseman Lecture Hall, 2100 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124
Black History Month Film Festival
Boston University’s annual Black History Month Film Festival will screen the film “Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 75” in the Howard Thurman Center, followed by a discussion led by BU professor Ruha Benjamin about the importance of the civil rights movement worldwide and the relevance of black history for present day society.
Details: Feb. 28, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Boston University, 138 Mountfort St., Brookline, MA 02446
Will the Circle Be Unbroken: The Legacy of the 1960s Southern Student Movement
In honor of Black History Month, the Children’s Hospital Boston Library invites noted filmmaker, editor and lecturer Judy Richardson, a former active staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC) to speak on her experiences with the Civil Rights movement as well as her work on the Academy Award nominated film “Eyes on the Prize”and on the book “Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.”
Details: Feb. 13, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Boston Public Library’s “Black Is…”
Celebrate Black History Month with Boston Public Library’s “Black Is…” annual booklist, a list of recent books involving the African American experience. This year’s list contains over 70 fiction and nonfiction works, including biographies of Governor Deval Patrick, Malcom X, Phillis Wheatley and more.
Details: Pick up the published list at any Boston Public Library location during the month.
Roxbury’s Black History Trolley Tour
Tag along on this informative Black History Trolley Tour and travel through three centuries of Boston’s historic African American neighborhoods. You’ll learn about the progression of the area’s African American churches, gain an appreciation for the arts and culture of this area, which is one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods, and get acquainted with some of the significant names in Boston’s African American history.
Details: Feb. 11, 2012; Trolley pickups:
- 12:30 p.m. – Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury St., Roxbury, MA 02119
- 12:50 p.m. – Hotel 140, 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116
Mad River Theater Works’ “Freedom Bound”
”Freedom Bound,” a musical play, tells the story of Addison White, a slave who escaped from Kentucky in 1851 and traveled to Ohio on the Underground Railroad.
Details: Feb. 12, 2012 (2:00 p.m.) and Feb. 13, 2012 (10:00 a.m.), Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston, MA 02119
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