Black Boston Stories: Growing Up brings together four longtime Boston residents to reflect on their experiences growing up in the city. Presented at the Globe Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library.Photo: Spencer Grant
Black History Month is here and Boston is ready to celebrate. Discover the history, literature, art, and music that celebrate the Black experience at these events across the city.
Renowned author Alice Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award for “The Color Purple.” In this program with GBH Her, Walker discusses her literary heritage and answers questions from the audience.
when: Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Seven Guitars” is part mystery and part comedy. When Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton dies, the play delves into seven different African-American characters to find out who and who killed Floyd.
when: February 8th to March 5th
Where: Hibernian Hall, Roxbury
In this program, four long-time Boston residents will reflect on their experiences growing up in Boston and open up conversations with the audience. This dialogue is organized by the Norman B. Liebenthal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Meals are provided.
when: Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 PM
Where: Boston Public Library Globe Hall Branch
craftsmen and furniture-Makers Robell Awake and Dr. Tiffany Moman discuss Awake’s latest research projects in this virtual program at North Bennet Street School. Awake and his Charlie Ryland in his NBSS alumni We are working to gather more information about the contributions of Black and Indigenous artisans to the history of furniture making.
when: Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Children ages 4-10 can attend an exciting drum workshop with percussionist Cornell Corey. They will learn the history of taiko and some basic techniques, and will have the opportunity to express themselves through their own rhythms.
when: Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 am
Where: Boston Public Library North End Branch
“Gumbo Stories” uses the historical stories of New Orleans as a framework to showcase a range of musical styles, from second lines and rallies to jazz and bounce. This concert is a celebration of black music in New Orleans.
when: February 23 (Thursday) 8:00 p.m.
Where: Berklee Performance Center
This lively event at The Burren highlights black opera singers and music. In typical Opera on Tap fashion, the songs are accompanied by juicy historical details about performances and actors throughout the history of opera.
when: Noon, Saturday, February 25
Led by an 18th-century costumed guide, take a tour of Boston and learn about Crispus Attucks, Phyllis Wheatley, Prince Hall and other African Americans who lived, worked and fought in Boston during the American Revolution. Let’s call
when: Saturday and Sunday in February at 10:45 am
Where: Boston Common Visitor Information Center