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The Hidden History of Black Boston

June 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Juneteenth by learning about Boston’s 400-year African-American history! We will delve into the rich narratives of neighborhoods and pivotal sites, events, and figures from the eras of Faneuil Hall and Long Wharf, which marked Boston’s connection to the Atlantic world, all the way to the vibrant Black communities that flourished in Beacon Hill in the early republic, and the South End and Roxbury in the early 20th century. This presentation is built on engagement and responsiveness – moving at a pace that allows for in-depth exploration and encourages participant interaction.  We’ll cover themes of Black organization and community formation across activism, religion, civil rights, and economics, connecting historical events to contemporary challenges. The big idea? It’s a conversation, and we definitely welcome and encourage questions.

Registration is required. Notethis program will NOT be recorded.

Joel Mackall is an award-winning Educator & Project Developer with the ReIdren Business Group based in Roxbury, MA.  He is the founder of the Hidden History of Black Boston Tours and Black Connections: the Mobile Black History Museum. He has also served as secretary of the Cameroonians of Lowell Association, as an officer on the Warren Gardens Housing Cooperative board, on the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity advisory council, and as a technology chairperson with the Black  Community Information Center.

Joel has delivered numerous professional workshops & illustrated talks for all ages in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, greater Boston, nationally, and abroad. Topics include African American genealogy, African World history, business design, and generative technology. More info: reidren.com


June 2
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wayland Library
5 Concord Rd
Wayland, MA 01778 United States
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