Black History Month

A big thank you to our program partners & attendees that made our Black History Month events so inspirational and fun!

Please enjoy this highlight video of our 5 February events

Wednesday, February 8th
Free Showing of the film TILL
Guest Speaker & Commentary before and after the film by Harvard law school professor and social justice advocate Attorney Ron Sullivan, Jr.
Showcase SuperLux at The Street, 55 Boylston St, Newton
6:30 PM
Limited Seating, FREE to Attend, Registration Required
FREE showing of the film TILL with guest speaker & commentary before and after the film by Harvard law school professor and noted lecturer, speaker, and social justice advocate Attorney Ron Sullivan, Jr. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Cash bar available, free popcorn and beverage provided. Welcome remarks prior to the movie start at 6:30 PM. TILL is the powerful and thought-provoking true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in Mississippi in 1955 while visiting his cousins. The film stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till-Bradley, with Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, and Whoopie Goldberg in supporting roles.
Event in partnership with Showcase SuperLux Chestnut Hill.


Saturday, February 11
Author Visit, Reading & Book Signing
Jabari Asim, “A Child’s Introduction to Jazz”
Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd, Newton
2:00 PM
A Child’s Introduction to Jazz is the delightful story of the musicians, culture, and roots of the world’s most remarkable music. Author Jabari Asim is a Professor at Emerson College and the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program, a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, and the author of several works for children.
Event in partnership with Newtonville Books.


Sunday, February 12
Black Art Celebration & Community Cultural Day
New Art Center Classroom at Trio, 245 Walnut Street, Newton
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free to Attend, Register HERE

Join the New Art Center and Newton Community Pride to celebrate Black art! This Community Cultural Day celebrates Black History Month with art-making, snacks, and the opening of an exhibition created by New Art’s Martin Luther King vacation program students in collaboration with artist Jamaal Eversley. Bring the whole family for a day of fun!
Event in partnership with the New Art Center.


Friday, February 17
An Evening of Blacknificence
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1326 Washington Street, Newton
7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM
Free to Attend, Register HERE
An exploration of the impact of music, movement, and the spoken word from black churches to broader society. Reverend Devlin Scott of the NewCity Church is the evening’s host and moderator of a panel discussion featuring Reverend Alicia Johnson of Myrtle Baptist Church and other voices from the night.
Performances include hip-hop artist Caleb McCoy, Blackout Step Team of Tufts University, and more!
Event in partnership with the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUUSN)
and NewCity Church Newton.


Saturday, February 25
Slam Theatre & Closing Reception for This is America
Nearby Gallery, 101 Union Street, Newton Centre
Free to Attend, Register HERE
6:30 PM
Slam Theatre produced by artist Jamaal Eversley will consist of slam poetry performances, 4-6 ten-minute plays performed and read by various actors, and dance performances. Themes of the night will touch upon American history, values, education, Afrocentricity, and other topics.
Slam Theatre is a Fall 2022 Community Micro Grant recipient.

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