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Don't Miss These Black History Month Events

There are a wide array of events celebrating black history throughout Massachusetts this February, ranging from film festivals, discussions, paint events, and more! If you have an event you’d like to submit for inclusion, please email murray@nonotuck.com.

Virtual

February 17

Black History Month 2022: A Celebration of Black Will
On behalf of the Metro Region Cultural Diversity Committee, we invite you to attend a virtual presentation and singing of the Black National Anthem.Registration is not required. ASL interpretation has been requested

 

Western Massachusetts

February 10

Black History Film Festival at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

 

February 17

Discussion: Black Mothering at the Pan African Historical Museum USA

This panel will discuss “birthing, mothering, and navigating the landscape to keep the Black family together generation to generation.”

 

February 19

Black History Month Pride Social

Join us for a dinner and a show as we highlight some of the readings from the incredible works of history's Black Queer writes and poets. Works from poets and writers such as, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, WEB DuBois, Audre Lourde, Countee Cullen, Alain Locke and more.

 

February 24

“Black History Month Dinner & Dialogue”

This event looks to further conversations on politics, policy, and relationships in the community.

 

Central Massachusetts

All Month

Preview the Worcester Black History Trail

Throughout the month of February, a preview of the Worcester Black History Trail will be on display at City Hall.

Full-scale replicas of the Black History Trail signs will be on exhibit. The signs are expected to be installed and unveiled this summer at historical locations across the city.

 

Virtual Program: Rhyme and Reason: A Poetic Celebration of Black History for Children 

Available on demand on the Worcester Public Library website during the entire month of February.

 

February 17

The Worcester Senior Center Presents: “Songs of Freedom” 

This musical program “exploring more than a century of union organizing, war protesting, civil rights demanding, and environment protecting.”

 

February 19

African American Artists: A Virtual Tour of Works at the Worcester Art Museum - Saturday, February 19, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

“The Worcester Art Museum has a small but significant collection of African-American artists. WAM docent Kevin will take us on a virtual tour that explores the works of six artists from Jacob Lawrence in the mid-1940s to the contemporary artist, Clark University professor, Toby Sisson. Attendees will learn about each piece while viewing corresponding images, and there will be time for questions. For ages 16+.”

 

February 25

Worcester Senior Center Presents: Aretha Franklin’s biopic Respect

 

February 26

The Intersection of Nipmucs and African-Americans in Worcester with Worcester Black History Project
11 a.m.-12 p.m.“Nipmucs and Blacks, free or enslaved, have lived, loved and worked together in the city of Worcester since the town formed. Please join Nellie Toney-Butler and Cheryll Toney Holley from the Worcester Black History Project as they reflect upon this critical part of Worcester's history.”

 

Eastern Massachusetts

 

February 10


The Temple of Emmanuel in Newton Presents: A Reading of “Black White and Jewish.”

Read the autobiography of American writer, activist, and feminist. Purchase tickets through this link.

 

February 17

 

Central Square Theater in Cambridge Presents Young Nerds of Color

According to their website the performance, “weaves together over 60 interviews with scientists from the most underrepresented backgrounds.”

 

February 18


The Emerson Paramount Theater Presents Fannie Lou Hammer’s America
Stop by for this new documentary depicting the story of Fannie Lou Hammer, a Mississippi sharecropper, who became one of the most influential leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Mental Health While Black Summit

The purpose of this annual summit is to bring together residents, community partners, grassroots organizations, clinical professionals, and elected officials to connect and learn from one another to best combat the mental health and suicide prevention service, delivery, and outreach challenges that face communities of color. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for DeeDee's Cry Suicide Prevention & Family Support.

 

February 19


The North Shore Juneteenth Association Presents Family Friendly Paint Event
1:30-2:30. This event will educate families about the Juneteenth holiday. Celebrate Black History Month by learning history through art at the Old Tyme Italian Cuisine in Lynn.

 

February 22


Black History Month Celebration at Boston’s City Winery

Black Opry Revue, an organization that promotes Black artists and musicians, will be hosting a Black History Month celebration event on Feb. 22 at Boston’s City Winery.

 

February 23-27
 

The Emerson Paramount Theater Presents: Dreaming Zenzile
The stage performance is based on the life of Miriam Makeba, South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist.

 

February 24


Celebrate Black Authors and Illustrators With ‘Black Voices Storytelling’
Join us in person at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy to celebrate Black History Month with this special story time full of our favorite works from Black authors and illustrators. 

 

February 28

Film: A Beautiful Resistence

Join culture columnist, Jeneé Osterheldt, creator of A Beautiful Resistance to celebrate Black Joy and Black lives. Hear from her and her team of filmmakers of color who helped ensure these stories were told through a lens of love and community, in a way that counters the lies we've been told about Blackness.


The Cape
 

February 26

Whaling Captains of Color, Author Talk with Skip Finley
2:00-3:30 p.m. at Highfield Hall. Celebrate Black History Month and learn about the fascinating history of whaling captains of color with author, Skip Finley. In his fascinating book: Whaling Captains of Color, America’s First Meritocracy, Mr. Finley covers such topics as Ambergris and rats, while intertwining the individual stories of more than fifty whaling masters of color, their adventures, successes, and struggles.

 

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