|January 18 – April 26||Exhibit: Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
The first museum exhibition of the series of paintings Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56) by the best known black American artist of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000).
|Created during the modern civil rights era, Lawrence’s thirty intimate panels interpret pivotal moments in the American Revolution and the early decades of the republic between 1770 and 1817 and, as he wrote, “depict the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy.”||Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Ticket prices from $25
The world forever knows him as Malcolm X, but when he lived in Roxbury, they called him “Detroit Red.” Internationally renowned playwright Will Power combines the accuracy of a historian with the lyricism of a poet to shine a contemporary light on a pivotal coming-of-age moment in the celebrated, controversial civil rights leader’s life.
|Boxed in by race and class in 1940’s Boston, he transformed from a rowdy teenager into a street hustler. Detroit Red vividly brings this world to life, depicting a brutally honest, human portrayal of the future activist as he navigates street life and the criminal underworld, taking the first steps in his quest to define the type of man he would eventually become.||Arts Emerson
Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
7 pm – 8:30 pm
|Knotty Conversations for Anti-racist/Multicultural Ministries: Calling Out, Calling In, Staying Together
Rev. Michael Crumpler, LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director for the UUA.
Rev. Erica Baron and Meck Groot, Congregational Consultants for New England Region UUA
|What strategies can be used for offering feedback when an individual or a group has behaved in racist, oppressive, or harmful ways? How does the experience of covenant inform these strategies? What new strategies might be cultivated? How can groups stay together as they work through moments of harm and avoid “canceling out” individuals?||Webinar
6 pm-9 pm
|BHM Film Fest: Glory
Arlington Celebrates Black History Month presents a screening of the Oscar winning film Glory (R) staring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman.
|This screening is accompanied by a special presentation by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Plus, meet the artist who created our Black History Month banners, Joey James!
Film description: Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, the Massachusetts 54th regiment, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
|Regent Theatre Arlington
7 Medford St
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
7 pm – 9 pm
|Women Take Action Film Series: Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders
Discussion will follow this presentation if time allows.
|A compelling story of the Mississippi Civil Rights movement as told by the remarkable and courageous women who changed the course of history.
“Meet the women of the film… Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi’s first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.
|Town of Needham – Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Ave
1 PM – 2:30 PM
|Wee The People: Imagine Your Self!||Get ready for the second of back-to-back ICA Playdates with Wee The People, as we dive into the exuberant world of mixed-media artist Tschabalala Self! This drop-in workshop will guide kids and caregivers in celebrating our limitless selves, creating silhouettes collaged with a wild mash-up of shapes, colors, and textures.||The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
7:30 – 10 pm
|Muslim Justice League’s 5-Year Anniversary Celebration “Be Seen, Not Watched”
You’re invited to celebrate with us our five years of organizing and advocacy in Massachusetts!
|Come enjoy live music and performances, delicious snacks and refreshments, art and poetry, and most of all – a space to build community.
Unplug from surveillance culture and plug into community. Be seen, not watched.
|Chinatown, at an ADA accessible venue close to the red and orange lines. Location will be sent to ticket holders before the event.|
|Through March 9, 2020
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Angela Davis: Freed by the People
Radcliffe now houses a trove of archival materials that capture the complex world Davis navigates in the ongoing struggle for freedom. Freed by the People documents a global history, a personal journey, and a quest for a more equitable future.
|No single person sits more squarely at the intersection of transnational struggles for freedom than the controversial political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Yvonne Davis.||Lia and William Poorvu Gallery of the Schlesinger Library
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible.
|RACE: The Power of An Illusion: Episode I – “The Difference Between Us”
A Film Screening and Facilitated Community Discussion
|RACE—The Power of an Illusion is a provocative three-episode series that questions the very idea of race as biology. Scientists tell us that believing in biological races is no more sound than believing the sun revolves around the earth. So if race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? And why should it matter today? RACE—The Power of an Illusion provides an eye-opening discussion tool to help people examine their beliefs about race, privilege, policy, and justice.||Cambridge Main Library
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suggested donation $5-$15.
|The Condor & The Eagle Movie Screening and Fundraiser
Winner of several FESTIVAL AWARDS
Screening & Fundraiser to benefit UU Indigenous Solidarity ministries, and historic Nashobah Praying Indians Strawberry Moon Unity Powwow in Littleton 6/20/20.
|Four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of Climate Justice.
|Littleton High School Performing Arts Center
7 to 9:30 PM
ETHNIC CLEANSING: AMERICAN STYLE
This free film series explores the lives and experiences of the “other”
and expands our awareness of our neighbors as well as often
marginalized individuals and groups. Please join us for a lively
discussion. All are welcome.
|Most people say gentrification is about the poor, but this documentary
explores how government and private industry work together to target
black people for removal in order to remake whole cities you can’t
afford to live in. This film travels coast to coast to show the evidence on
the ground of who’s being gentrified, who’s not and the devastating
consequences for black people if the forces at work achieve their goal of
raising their standard of living by destroying yours. It isn’t just class
|First Church Unitarian
19 Foster St.
This is My Story with LeVar Burton, YouTube
In This is My Story, viewers can witness Burton masterfully deliver stories about racism throughout the U.S., combining the adroitness of a seasoned thespian with the heart of an impassioned activist.
- Bound by Statute: In Mississippi, Jim Crow era laws result in a high rate of black kids charged as adults, Reveal Investigative News (goes with podcast below)
- Just how demographically skewed are the early Democratic primary states? , Brookings Institution
- The Legacy of a Radical Black Newspaperman, The New Yorker
- Development Arrested, Reveal Investigative News podcast (goes with article Bound by Statute above)
- Check out the Migrant Justice Platform: A Unity Blueprint for Action on Immigration
- Access the Action-Oriented and Educational Resources available from UU Mass Action Working Groups: Black Lives Matter, First Nations Rights
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