Upcoming Events

MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event

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.





MAAH Members get 40% off tickets for 10/15 performance! The 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.



Boston, MA

Living Legends Gala

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 and Robert Rivers.



450 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210

Past Events

Reading Frederick Douglass Together



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


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.


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


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.

Living Legends "Hybrid" Gala

GraphicOIN US IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY, DEC 5Get 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 5, 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.