events for Boston Black History Month


Wed, Feb 24nd, 12 PM – The History of Black Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Livestream on Zoom and the public is invited!

FEB 24th, 3PM — Local BLACK RESTAURANT owners join ICIC and the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) for a LiveStream conversation about surviving the pandemic. RSVP

Watch the film “GROUNDED, Black Professional Couples in Boston,” if you missed its debut showing. Click to view.

Sunday, February 28, 2021 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
It Happened in NH: Black History in the Granite State
Sharon Jones, Singer and Activist
Renay Allen, Author
Barbara Baker Williams, Reverse Freedom Rider
Moderator: Senator David Watters 
For this panel, you will hear the story of Black Revolutionary War soldier Jude Hall of Exeter and first-hand stories about the Civil Rights Movement in New Hampshire including the Reverse Freedom rides of 1962 to our state.
Register [here]

Tracing Black History in Boston

Thanks to The Teachers Lounge and Boston While Black for ZOOMing the lecture by Quito Swan, Director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the study of Black Culture. The topic was Tracing Black History in Boston. Swan explained how Black people got here and where they came from. The talk supports our article about the journey of Dorcas de Blackamore, who was one of the first Africans in Boston. In fact, she was the inspiration for us naming this web site 1638. Thank you Professor Swan.

Learn more from our Black Heritage tour marketplace site. Having said that, I have a question for you which is: Exactly when did Black People move to the Roxbury neighborhood and displace the Jewish people? Their monuments, buildings and steeples are still there. Word is they moved out to Brookline and Sharon, but why? Slowly but surely, Black people are leaving their mark on Roxbury.

The architectural styling of the urban city is put there by its dominant culture.

New for your bookshelf
Urban Workers, by author Eddie Neal
A story revealing Boston commuter life and personalities
preview it


Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s new series The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song
Learn from 400 years of the Black Church in America.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 

The story begins in 1619—a year before the Mayflower—when the White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history. 

Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. buy the book

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We screen Hollywood-made movies featuring Black, African American directors, producers, writers and talent as they become available to us.

Happening Now!! COMING TO AMERICA 2
Opens March 5th.
winners 2b announced by 2/27/21


SYNOPSIS: Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Official Teaser Trailer:


Download our Black-owned nightclub directory. Make arrangements before you go. Some have closed due to Covid-19. You can visit their websites from the download file and see what’s going on.

AfroCentric Lecture Listings (virtual livestreams)

February 26, 12:00pm. IAP-UAM Lecture on Afro-Latin American Studies with Manuel Barcia,
The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth Century Transatlantic Slave Trade | REGISTER

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is currently launching the 2021 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk Series, a free virtual series, Claiming Our Place: Blacks in “White Spaces”. These community dialogues will be held on 6 consecutive Sundays beginning Sunday, February 7 through Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. – website

Recent movie Promotions that have ended

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Little Things” – screened January 29th.

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ICABOSTON.ORG art museum exhibitions coming

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”
Jul 1 – Sep 26, 2021
Coming to the Bridgitt and Bruce Evans and Karen and Brian Conway Galleries at icaboston. #VirgilAbloh. People feel cool around this creative. Virgil is an AFRICAN American designer, a DJ, and has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection, Paris. OFF WHITE


a piece of Basquiat art work from the Hip Hop Generation exhibition at Museum of Fine Art

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