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Celebrate Black History Month in Boston
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Arts & Culture
Celebrate Black History Month in Boston
Black History Month has arrived, and Boston is ready to celebrate. Engage with history, literature, art and music celebrating the Black experience at these events happening around the city.
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Martin Luther King Jr. made connections with local community
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Black History
Martin Luther King Jr. made connections with local community
After Martin Luther King Jr. had settled in for his studies at Boston University in the fall of 1951, one of his priority non-academic tasks was to make three vital contacts in Roxbury.
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Boston loomed large in MLK’s formative years
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Boston loomed large in MLK’s formative years
Martin Luther King Jr. touched Boston, and Boston touched him. Being in Boston was an important part of his life, and his presence here during the 1950s and 60s is part of the city’s history.
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Long road to recognition in a city King once called home
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Black History
Long road to recognition in a city King once called home
Boston shares a distinction with Montgomery, Alabama; Chester, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. They are the only places the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King lived for any length of time during his 39 years on earth. Yet, unlike these other cities that King once called home — and many other major U.S. cities — Boston has until now had no major monument to the slain civil rights leader.
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Black history, music comes to life in Memphis
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Black History
Black history, music comes to life in Memphis
First-time visitors to the Volunteer State, with its deep wellspring of musical heritage and Black history, will find flavors of both throughout Tennessee, but no place rivals Memphis for its evocation of Black musical traditions and the struggle for equal rights.
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Lemuel Freeman, Black man joined white Civil War units
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Black History
Lemuel Freeman, Black man joined white Civil War units
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Legislature backs Emancipation Day
After months of discussion, a proposed holiday to mark the end of slavery in Massachusetts is one step closer to becoming law. At the end of October, both branches of the state legislature passed a bill that would mark July 8 as “Emancipation Day.”
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Exhibit explores life of enslaved Cantabrigian
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Local News
Exhibit explores life of enslaved Cantabrigian
“Here Lies Darby Vassall” is a co-production between the historic Christ Church on Garden Street and Harvard University’s Critical Conservation program that explores the history of enslaved people in the area that helped build not only the church, but also the city and region.
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Court overturns freedom riders’ convictions
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News
Court overturns freedom riders’ convictions
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — If you are or know of any relatives of Andy Johnson, who was last heard from while a student at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1940s, call the Orange County Courthouse in this town.
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Councilors push for Boston slavery apology
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Councilors push for Boston slavery apology
The Boston City Council last week unanimously approved a measure to “acknowledge, condemn and apologize for the role played by the City of Boston in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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Mass. 54th Regiment monument rededicated
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Local News
Mass. 54th Regiment monument rededicated
Hundreds of dignitaries gathered in front of the State House last week for the rededication of the newly-restored Robert Gould Shaw 54th Massachusetts Regiment memorial.
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Mattapan grave tells story of slavery, Haitian revolution
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Local News
Mattapan grave tells story of slavery, Haitian revolution
Deyaha Moussa was a Muslim kidnapped in West Africa, purchased in Saint-Domingue by T.H. Perkins of the eponymous School for the Blind, and who witnessed the Haitian Revolution combust. Perkins’ brother trafficked Moussa to Boston in 1793. He died in 1831 and now rests anonymously in Mattapan under a giant Celtic cross.
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