Friday, Mar 05, 2021 5:00p -
Virtual, Virtual Virtual
History, Social Good, Virtual & Streaming
Boston still strives to live up to the legacy of Melnea Cass, one of the city’s most dynamic civil rights leaders of the 20th century. Join us for a discussion of how our memories of Cass can help us channel our sense of grief into a call for lasting change.
This virtual event will take place on March 5, the 251st anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The first to fall that night was Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent. His presence inspired generations of activists -- including Cass -- in their fight for equality. She revived the tradition of a Crispus Attucks Day civic event on March 5 during the height of the busing crisis to express the strength of the Black community in the face of white violence. This will be an opportunity to reaffirm Cass’s lasting impact on the city, reflect on the meaning of Attucks today, and imagine the contours of a new March 5 event that can bring all Bostonians together.
Monica Cannon-Grant, the CEO and founder of the Violence In Boston Inc., a nonprofit working to improve the quality of life and life outcomes of individuals from disenfranchised communities by reducing the prevalence of violence and the impact of associated trauma.
Kai Grant, the founder of Black Market along with her husband Christopher, creating Nubian Square’s first flexible cultural event spaces with a signature artisan marketplace. She now manages Black Market’s programming, which focuses on reigniting Roxbury’s creative economy.
Malia Lazu, founder of the Lazu Group, is an award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion who sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship. She sits on the boards of Revolutionary Spaces.
This event is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute and the New England Women’s Club Fund at the Boston Foundation.