Here are some great events of Black History Month in Worcester
February marks Black History Month and the City of Worcester has partnered with the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Senior Center and the Worcester Public Library to present several virtual events celebrating the black community here in Worcester.
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Here are some reading recommendations and virtual events presented by the Worcester Public Library:
- The “Great American Read Book Club” with to read: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, February 23.
- Joy and Devon’s Staff Picks: Black History Month Edition.
- A list of Black History Month books for children, teens and adults (to be shared on the website and in the monthly reading bulletin).
- A watchlist curated through Kanopy, a movie streaming service accessible to anyone with a library card.
- Virtual events / digital exhibitions hosted by other cultural institutions.
- Work with the Worcester Art Museum to share 10-20 images related to African American history for cross promotion on social media.
- A blog entry on Langston Hughes (February 1 would have been his 120th birthday) made by WPL utilities and local history librarians.
- Featured videos to read in book per day format from Hoopla.
- Two of the Friday children’s field programs will feature live virtual productions from the Bright Star Theater with black history content.
- Young Adult Lit Book Chat on Facebook Live will feature headlines on Black History.
- Rezarta recommends that Facebook Live will feature black history headlines.
- Social media campaign in honor of Black History Month featuring prominent African Americans.
- Organized “Book Bundles” focused on telling the stories of black Americans.
Collaboration between the Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Senior Center
In collaboration with the Worcester Art Museum [WAM] As part of the Black History Month programming, the Worcester Senior Center will host a WAM presentation on “Photographs of William Bullard” – over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans from the community of Beaver Brook in Worcester.
WAM is currently organizing an exhibition, “Rediscovering an American Community of Color,” which features eighty of these unprinted and hitherto unseen photographs.
Bullard left over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918.
Clark University hosts website – bullardphotos.org, which features educational resources for educators, all the photographs and models featured in “Rediscovering an American Community of Color,” a map of the Beaver Brook neighborhood (circa 1911), and additional research written by the Clark students who participated at a seminar on at the exhibition.
Here are other Black History Month events taking place in Worcester and around the country:
– Holy Cross alumnus Ron Lawson ’75, COO of Care for the Homeless, will talk about the history of homelessness in New York City and the federal, state and municipal laws and policies that contribute to problem. He will also discuss the impact of systemic racism on the homelessness crisis.
– A virtual town hall hosted by the African-American CEOs of the YMCA to continue a discussion on the critical topic of unlearning systemic racism.