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Juneteenth Gathering at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters

Gather for Juneteenth to honor those who endured slavery and seized freedom on Brattle Street before the American Revolution, their living descendants, and the long history of Black freedom activism in Cambridge and beyond. This event will feature a community gathering with music, poetry, art, speeches, and family activities, followed by a screening of the award-winning 2022 documentary Descendant. Presented in partnership with the Descendants of Tony and Cuba Vassall, History Cambridge, the Museum of African American History, Royall House and Slave Quarters, Slave Legacy History Coalition, Cambridge Black History Project, First Church Cambridge, Christ Church Cambridge, and Black Coral, Inc.

06/18/2023

4 pm - 8:30 pm

105 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA

Juneteenth Community Gathering at African Meeting House -- Nantucket

Join us on June 19, 2023, to commemorate the Juneteenth Holiday at the African Meeting House in Nantucket. This event marks the opening of our Nantucket site for the summer months. During this community gathering, attendees will meet the Museum’s new President/CEO Dr. Noelle Trent as well as the Education and Interpretation Programs Department staff to learn more about the significance of the Juneteenth holiday and how the Museum of African American history upholds this legacy through our historic sites, exhibits, and collections.

06/19/2023

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

29 York St, Nantucket, MA

Past Events

Ilyon Woo in Conversation with Christian Walkes

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Embark on one of the boldest feats of self-emancipation in American history, the journey to freedom of Ellen and William Craft, told by author Ilyon Woo in her latest book, Master Slave Husband Wife, at Belmont Books on Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm. Ilyon Woo will be in conversation with Christian Walkes, Director of Education and Interpretation Museum of African American History — Boston | Nantucket. A Q&A session will follow the conversation.

Chad L. Williams with The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and the First World War

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Moderated by Kendra Field, Associate Professor, Tufts University. The dramatic story of W. E. B. Du Bois's reckoning with the betrayal of Black soldiers during World War I—and a new understanding of that era and of one of the great twentieth-century writers. When W. E. B. Du Bois, believing in the possibility of full citizenship and democratic change, encouraged African Americans to “close ranks” and support the Allied cause in World War I, he made a decision that would haunt him for the rest of his life. For more than two decades Du Bois attempted to write the definitive history of Black participation in World War I. His book, however, remained unfinished. 

On Friendship & Black Study: A Conversation Between Dr. Jarvis Givens and Dr. Joshua Bennett

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Join us for this celebration of two new books on education, poetry, and black life. In a public discussion centering their two newest books, School Clothes and Spoken Word, Dr. Jarvis Givens and Dr. Joshua Bennett explore a theme that structures not only these two works of nonfiction, but their careers as writers and educators to this point: the long-standing bond between black study and the pursuit of human freedom. This conversation will be moderated by Christian Walkes, Director of Education and Interpretation, Museum of African American History.     

Honoring the African Meeting House on Nantucket Island

On March 10th, the Museum of African American History, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Historical Association, and the Town of Nantucket will host an event Honoring the African Meeting House on Nantucket Island. The town’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office has been leading a collaboration of cultural institutions to remember the unfortunate defacement of this local gem five years ago and, more importantly, to honor this historic site and its significance to Nantucket. Do not miss this hybrid event of local organizations in solidarity with the African Meeting House. The event will feature Dr. Frances Karttunen, Barbara Ann White (Nantucket historian), Desiree Spriggs (MAAH’s Associate Director of Nantucket Operations), and Dr. McCarthy. This event promises to be engaging and informative.

MLK Tribute Concert 2023

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Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) and The Museum of African American History come together to celebrate and honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 1pm in Faneuil Hall. The tribute to Dr. King will feature classical music, spirituals and freedom songs performed by young musicians from BYSO’s Intensive Community Program alongside distinguished leaders who will evoke the power and the promise of the civil rights hero through remarks, readings, and spoken word. The keynote will be delivered by L’Merchie Frazier, visual activist, public historian and artist, innovator, poet and holographer.

H+H Emancipation Concert 2023

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Join us for our annual commemoration of the original 1863 Grand Jubilee concert in Boston, where members of H+H performed in celebration of Lincoln’s enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, in its 165th Anniversary.

The Handel and Haydn Society and the Museum of African American History partner to present the tenth annual Emancipation Proclamation Concert, a joyous celebration of liberty and freedom. Join H+H musicians, National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson, and conductor Anthony Trecek-King to commemorate Boston’s historic central role in the abolition movement, to celebrate the spirit of progress for human rights, and to recognize the role of music in creating alliance and belonging.

Living Legends Gala 2022

Special guest Sheri Shepard joins the Museum of African History  to host the most anticipated annual events in Boston! Sunday, December 11, celebrates Boston's unique African American community and experiences the compelling stories of the past and present to inspire pride and continue the legacy of equality for all. Join us for an evening celebrating history and the extraordinary accomplishments of men and women from the 18th and 19th centuries inNew England. The event will honor our 2022 Living Legends —Dr. Beverly Edgehill, M. L. Carr, and Bob Rivers. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, bid on exclusive live auction items, and mingle with Boston's most prominent CEOs, diverse community leaders, and influencers. Your support for the Living Legends Gala signals to all your commitment to highlighting Boston's extraordinary past and its role in creating a more inclusive present and future.

Drumfolk Performance with Post-Show Artist Talk Back with Step Afrika!

Drumfolk_flyer_KellieJacksonThe story of Drumfolk is the story of the unstoppable power of expression in the fight for freedom, that continues to galvanize and inspire us today. Arts Emerson is proud to be a co-commissioner of this stunning work, which celebrates the resilience of black artistry and community in the face of forces that would silence and destroy. Join us after the show for a special Post-Show Artist Talk Back with Step Afrika! founder C. Brian Williams and Museum of African American History Historian in Residence, Kellie Carter Jackson, Ph.D.

Stone Book Awards 2022

Join us on October 13th @ 6:30pm ET for this year's virtual award event featuring remarks by our esteemed panel of jurors, our two brilliant finalists, and a conversation with winning author Howard French moderated by GBH's Under the Radar host Callie Crossley. The first 100 registrants will receive a free copy of one of this year’s winning books and other goodies in MAAH Stone Book Award gift boxes.The 2022 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event is hosted by the Museum of African American History and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, in partnership with the Kennedy Institute.

Reading Frederick Douglass Together

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Part of Mass Humanities "Reading Frederick Douglass Together" Join us on July 1 for a reading of Douglass' "What to the American Slave is the Fourth of July" on the Boston Common and on July 2nd join us for a reading at the African Meeting House on Nantucket

Juneteenth: A Freedom Celebration

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Join us and the Nantucket Equity Advocates in person at the African Meeting House on Nantucket for a Juneteenth Celebration. Frances Karttunen will lead a tour of the Historic Colored Cemetery on Nantucket at 2:30pm followed by a conversation with Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson at 4:00pm.

A Calling to Come Back: Understanding Why Nantucket Locals Revisit a Community Museum

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In 2021, Kimal McCarthy defended his dissertation titled "A Calling to Come Back: Understanding Why Nantucket Locals Revisit a Community Museum." Three social powers were identified. These powers induce a calling to come back. Alongsideidentifying three social powers of Nantucket's African Meeting House, Dr. McCarthy's research also provides a deep dive into the significance of repeat visitation to cultural institutions and adds the term "community museum" to the field of museum studies. 

Juneteenth Celebration at Longfellow House

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Gather with your neighbors the evening of June 19th at 105 Brattle St. in Cambridge MA, as we partner with the Longfellow House, the Cambridge Black History Project, and History Cambridge. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. A rain location is available. 

National Rededication Ceremony

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The Partners to renew the Shaw 54th Memorial are committed to ensuring that the Rededication Ceremony is an in-person celebration worthy of the importance of the occasion. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shaw-54th-memorial-rededication-tickets-332843312307

 

Patrisse Cullors in An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World

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New York Times bestselling author of When They Call You a Terrorist offers a provocative and groundbreaking blueprint for modern-day abolitionists primed to elevate protest into system-changing action meant to transform our world. Presented in partnership with the Museum of African American History and moderated by their Director of Education and Interpretation L’Merchie Frazier.

Patrisse Cullors in An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World (St. Martin’s Press) charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors, her new book provides a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist. Cullors asks us to lead with love, fierce compassion, and precision.

H+H performed in celebration of Lincoln’s enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation

HHMOVED ONLINE – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDEES at the Emancipation Proclamation Concert, Dec 31.

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with City of Boston and First Night Boston protocols, there will be no in-person attendance at this year’s Emancipation Proclamation Concert.

We will videotape the performance, and release the recording in the near future.

Join us for our annual commemoration of the original 1863 Grand Jubilee concert in Boston, where members of H+H performed in celebration of Lincoln’s enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Handel and Haydn Society and the Museum of African American History partner to present the ninth annual Emancipation Proclamation Concert, a joyous celebration of liberty and freedom. Join H+H musicians, National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson, and conductor Anthony Trecek-King to commemorate Boston’s historic central role in the abolition movement, to celebrate the spirit of progress for human rights, and to recognize the role of music in creating alliance and belonging.

https://handelandhaydn.org/concerts/emancipation-proclamation-concert-2021/

Living Legends "Hybrid" Gala

JOIN US IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY, DEC 4 -- Get ready for one of the most anticipated annual events with our celebrity host, Anthony Anderson, back in person by popular demand, at the Museum’s Living Legends Gala. On Sunday, December 4, celebrate Boston's unique African American community and experience the compelling stories of the past and present inspire pride and continue the legacy of equality for all.We have planned the best in hybrid programming during the Live In Person Event and Virtually, co-chaired by Dr. David Brown, President of Mass General Hospital, and Ronald L. Walker, II, CEO of The Walker Group. The Gala will honor M. Lee Pelton of The Boston Foundation and Dr. Peter L. Slavin of Harvard University, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, and Actor, best-selling Author and philanthropist, Hill Harper.Join us Live at the NEW Newbury Boston Hotel for a special in person experience featuring dinner, live entertainment, and YOU socializing in a COVID safe environment, or join us virtually from the comfort of your home. This event promises to be an insightful, fun, and passion-filled interactive experience with a 360-degree virtual event you’ll never forget.

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