Film, History, Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts, Social Good
This February, we’ve rounded up the 14 events around the city to honor and recognize the history of Boston’s Black community.
1) Attend an educational speaker series hosted by Boston Public Library
When: Throughout February
Info: Throughout February, the BPL will host a number of fascinating lectures covering everything from historical events to present-day activism movements. The BPL hopes to confront today’s inequality and inequity by shedding light on Black history.
2) Explore The Museum of African American History
Info: Boston’s Museum of African American History is a wonder to behold; it consists of thousands of historical artifacts and truthful representations of Black life throughout the last two centuries. It’s New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving African American contributions.
3) Head to a screening of ‘Jubilee, Juneteenth and the Thirteenth’
When: Wednesday, February 23
Info: MGH and the Museum of Science are showcasing a new documentary at Beacon Hill’s African Meeting House. The film delves into the pivotal role that Black Bostonians played in abolishing slavery.
4) Jam out to tunes at an Aretha Franklin tribute
When: Friday, February 25
Info: The Berklee Performance Center is paying special recognition to the Queen of Soul during a live performance with talented vocalists.
5) Celebrate Black excellence at a lively fashion show
When: Saturday, February 19
Info: Treasure the beauty of Black fashion at Wentworth’s fashion show, Aura. The event will include New England’s very best Black-owned businesses and brands, as well as live performances throughout the night.
6) Appreciate the ‘Summer of Soul’ during a special showing
When: Thursday, February 3
Info: The 1960s were a decade of revolution. Learn about the critical moments during the Civil Rights Movement at the screening of ’Summer of Soul’ at the Brattle Theater.
7) Experience the wonder of Central Square Theater’s ‘Young Nerds of Color’
When: Throughout February & March
Info: ’Young Nerds of Color’ is an exploration of how young scientists of color are fighting to break down barriers.
8) Enjoy an evening reception at the Afro-Caribbean Black History Gala & Awards
When: Saturday, February 26
Info: The Afro-Caribbean Black History Gala & Awards, hosted at Florian Hall, is a night of dynamic music, vibrant performances and a lovely cocktail reception.
9) Walk along the historic Black Heritage Trail
Info: The Black Heritage Trail spans miles and transcends years of Black History. It consists of 10 key locations, which you can visit in-person or discover online through their virtual tour.
10) Watch Olivia E. Butler’s famous ‘Parable of the Sower’
When: Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20
Info: The renowned novel ’Parable of the Sower’ is coming to the stage this February. The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater is going above and beyond with this brilliant adaptation, which features traditional Black music and explores the intersection of gender and race.
11) Be part of a movement with the Mental Health While Black Summit
When: Friday, February 18
Info: The summit is an all-day event featuring professional speakers, activist organizations, and clinical health workers. It brings attention to the essential and often overlooked mental health of the Black community.
12) Learn about diversity in the tech field with WGBH
When: Thursday, February 17
Info: The tech field is rapidly expanding and changing, but it’s one of the least diverse industries in Massachusetts. Tech companies vowed to confront this blatant issue, so WGBH is investigating whether their promise holds true at The State of Race: Tech’s Diversity Mandate.
13) Admire the beauty of dance at Sankofa Danzafro’s ‘Accommodating Lie’
When: Sunday, February 27
Info: Join the Boch Center Shubert Theater at ‘Accommodating Lie,’ a moving dance performance complete with live music. The show highlights the significance of Black representation and emphasizes the importance of confronting systemic, internalized stereotypes.
14) Listen to rhythms and rhymes at a poetry slam
When: Saturday, February 5
Info: Done for DiDi is hosting an exciting virtual poetry slam to commemorate Black History Month. Even better, it’s for a good cause: the celebration benefits 40 Acres and A School Project, an organization dedicated to building a Black Liberation epicenter.
Photo: Sankofa Danzafro's 'Accommodating Lie'