Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 76 - 03/07/2013
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Uphams Corner InSight into the News

South Bay Expansion Planned - Community Charrette Organized
March 9, 2013
South Bay Expansion Charrette
Citizens Connect To South Bay invites you to attend a Community Planning Charrette.  South Bay is probably expanding. 

Come to discuss its impact on the adjacent residential communities, especially on traffic and congestion. 

Sat, Mar 9 at Local 12 on Mass Ave.  Citizens Connect to South Bay is a community advocacy group recently formed to represent the views, concerns and ideas of residents living in close proximity to the South Bay Mall.

Posted:  March 6, 2013

Focus on People: G. Michael Tzerai
Mar 6, 2013

G. Michael Tzerai Uphams Corner News is pleased to share with you a focus on one of our content providers, G. Michael Tzerai.  A Dorchester resident, he has worked as an architect in the Boston area for over 20 years - on the Big Dig, Harbor Point and assisting many CDC's. 

He recently contributed an article to our Black History Month 2013 special edition:  'Awakening the Conscience of America'

Michael is also active in efforts to resolve a humanitarian crisis affecting the youth of his native country, Eritrea.

Posted:  March 6, 2013

Boston NAACP Takes Youth to Harlem for the Great Debate
Mar 2, 2013

Forty (40) Boston Youth Traveled to Harlem, NY on Saturday, March 2, 2013 to tour sections of New York City important to Black History. The youth came from the NAACP's Pipeline to Leadership Program, Freedom House, METCO, MassVote and Mount Ida College.

NAACPFollowing the tour, the Boston contingent attended 'The Great Debate" held at the First Corinthian Baptist Church.  It was Howard University (a historically black college) vs Columbia University (Ivy League) on the issues of 'Stop and Frisk' and 'Gun Control.'

Posted:  March 5, 2013

Sarah TakagiPhotos: Sarah Takagi Concert
Feb 24, 2013

At the Greater Boston House Concert on Feb 24, 2013, accomplished pianist, Sarah Takagi, played from her extensive (memorized) repertoire include Walktz in D flat major by Chopin, Haydn's Sonata in F Major and her own composition "A Journey.". 

Click link below to see photos from the concert on the Uphams Corner News Facebook page.

Photos from Concert

Events Upcoming

Current Event
Friends UC Library Meeting
Sat Mar 9, 2013  9:30am

This is a quick reminder that our next Friends of the UC meeting will be this Saturday, March 9th, at 9:30am in the "round room" off of the children's section. 

No blizzard this week (knock on wood). It should be great weather! Saturday's temperature is expected to be at 47 degrees so, let's get together to plan great activities for our local library. 

We look forward to seeing all of you there! Thank you.

Contact:  Josette Teneus

Current Event
Fairmount Corridor Wide Meeting 3/12/13

Just a friendly reminder!! (from Jeremy Rosenberger)   The next Fairmount Corridor-Wide Advisory Group (CAG) meeting will be:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hyde Park Municipal Building
1179 River Street, Hyde Park


For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact the co-directors:

Ines Palmarin

Jeremy Rosenberger

Current Event
Walking in their Shoes: Historic Women of Uphams Corner
Sat, Mar 23, 2013

Boston Women's Heritage TrailIn celebration of Women's History Month, Uphams Corner Library presesnts:  Walking in their Shoes: Historic Women of Uphams Corner, a walking tour led by Boston Women's Heritage Trail members. 

Rain or shine, the tour - real or virtual if it rains - covers six sites on the Dorchester Trail.  Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:30 AM.

Posted:  March 5, 2013

Current Event
Project Right Offers VIP Neighborhood Mobilizer Training
Thu, Mar 28, 2013

Project RightThe Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (VIP) is a community organizing violence prevention strategy. VIP Mobilizers are residents that come together to lead a community responjse when violence occurs in their neighborhood. 

Project Right is offering VIP Mobilizer training on Thursday Mar 28, 2013.  Requirements to become a mobilizer include where you live, training, community meetings and more.

Posted:  February 27, 2013

Current Event
Boston Shines 2013, 11th Annual Citywide Neighborhood Clean-up.
April 26, April 27

Boston Shines 2013Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino for Boston Shines 2013 the eleventh annual citywide neighborhood clean up 

Friday, April 26th
Saturday April 27th
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at 617.635.3485 to volunteer or for more information.

This event is part of the Mayor's year-round clean up and community service program, Boston Shines 365.

Posted:  February 19, 2013

Events Upcoming

Current Event
Grove Hall Reading Series
Sat, Mar 30, 2:00 pm

Hosted by Dorchester poet Arthur Collins.  Featuring local writers Veronique Epiter and Kurt Klopmier. 

Open mic.  Writers encouraged to read their work aloud. Writing exercise with Boston Public Library Writer in Residence Hollis Shore.  Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Sponsored by Write on the DOT and the Grove Hall Branch Library.

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Current Event
Dorchester Bay - Fundraiser Celebrating 34 Years
April 25, 2013
Dorchester Bay

At their 34th Anniversary fundraiser, Dorchester Bay will be honoring former Governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle. Governor Deval Patrick has beeninvited as keynote speaker.

Their goal is to raise $100,000 to support work in :
  • economic development,
  • community organizing,
  • home ownership and
  • rental housing.
Dorchester Bay EDC is a non-profit community development corporation helping to build a strong, diverse, and thriving community in the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury.

Posted:  February 26, 2013

From the past

  Declaration of Independence - Equality for All

Celebrating Black History Month represents a continuing journey forward for black people's equal inclusion in a society that declared at its birth: 'All men are created equal.' 
All Men Created Equal
For black people, the celebration of Black History is a light that shines for those who give its history resonance and character.

Interviews with a small group of white and black people reveal very different feelings about celebrating Black History Month - a call to reach out across the aisles toward understanding, in the direction of common ground. 

From Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week to a month-long celebration of a people once enslaved, the history of black people is becoming owned, loved and appreciated by all.

Posted:  February 28, 2013

Awakening the Conscience of America
by G. Michael Tzerai

Shackles In the first 150 years of our history, the free labor of slaves generated much wealth for the slave owners. At the Revolutionary war,  the question of slavery was not addressed because other more pressing issues faced the founders of our country.

A century later, the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery but not well.

Another century passed to create the Civil Rights movement, yet contributions of Black People have yet to be fully recognized.

Black History Month helps awaken the conscience of America and remember to address the injustices of the past. 

Series:  Community Voices Initiative

Posted:  February 27, 2013

From the past

Black History Month Poetry & Prose

Black History Month

Image Courtesy http://www.mass-vacation.com

Black History Index

"What is Black History?"
by Latorial Faison (2012):

What is Black History?

It is the dirt road our forefathers trod, Memories of their lives branded in our hearts.

It is a word, a place, a state of mind. Black history is a peek into our ancestors' time. . .  

It is a plantation overseer and back door crumbs, Weeping and wailing, a beating of drums.

It is a troubling truth, an unapologetic past. Black history is an entire race struggling to last.

Should We Celebrate Black History Month?
by Carolle Nau
Yes, we should celebrate Black History Month.  Barely 100 years into 350 years of enslaved Black People, and with Black America characterized by gaps and huge chasms, we must stay the course of seeking to balance America's scales of justice.

We all bore the labor pains of freedom, independence and inalienable rights that sparked the American revolution. Let us set a milestone of 350 yrs of celebrating Black History.

Part of the Community Voices Initiative Series

"Beautiful Black Women"
by Tonya Jordan-Wilkerson

Beautiful Black Women
 don't cry.

Beautiful Black Women
 even when he lies.

Beautiful Black Women
 stand tall and don't die.

Beautiful Black Women
 with low self-esteem hold your head up.

"Chalk Lines"
by Carolle Nau

Dreaming in a rain of bullets. how do i dodge the flying missiles threatening to foil my dreams?

creative thoughts of gifted young people fly faster than metal jacket enemies . . . what color should these street figures be?

should they be lined so the black of the street answers the obvious or should they be painted in yellow so the satellite can see them, send them to the news reel of a consolidated media field?

Dedicated to the makers of Black History by Robby Thomas

Remember when justice was partial to Langston's hue, and the world made Billie Holiday blue,
. . .
when Malcolm went to Mecca - changed his mind, Cassius became Ali - Liston passed his prime,
. . .
And, it was to help a son who with Dreams from his father, Dared to become the most powerful vision of hope in America, if not the world   

  "I Need to Know"
by Latorial Faison (2008)

I need to know My original name. I need to know without any shame.
I need to know About African slave castles; I need to know About White slave masters

I need to know About the slave trade. I need to know How America was made.

I need to know About the Middle Passage. I need to know About lynching and lashes.  (more)

  " I AM "
- by Latorial Faison

I am somebody on my way somewhere, I am she who interrogates those who stare,

I am too much for this wayward world to digest, With pen and paper, I paint pictures with frankness.

I am the pages, I am the pens. What whiteness begins, my blackness ends.

I am the journey, the memory of yesterdays . . .

Black History Month - Began  1926 in the United States
Black History Month was established more than 350 years after the first African slaves arrived in the US in Virginia in 1619. Historian Carter G. Woodson's ground-breaking announcement of 'Negro History Week' in 1926 marked the first public focus on Black History in the US. 

Pres. Gerald Ford made the month-long designation official during the Bi-Centennial celebrations in 1976.  Black History Month is also celebrated in Canada (February) and in the United Kingdom (October).

"Don't Let it be a Mystery"
by Brian T. Williams

Parents talk to ur kids, don't let it be a mystery. Don't be afraid to let them know their own black history. 

Black people have come far but there is still room to grow ... Channel all negative energy into positive as u go. 

And get off that path/stop following zeroes . . . Get on the one that produces nothing but HEROES.

"Freedom without Revelation"
by Latorial Faison

From the slave ship To the guilt trip. We forget our heritage Forsaking kinship. 

As blood runs And the earth turns, There are many lessons To be learned.  What makes us? What breaks us? Who's the keeper of souls? Who will forsake us?

History is potent with many lies . . . In the land of lost generations There is no peace or salvation America finally found its freedom But somehow lost its revelation.

Black History Month Index 2013

Honoring Black History Month throughout February and every day of 2013.  Recognizing prior achievements and contributions of Black people and recognizing that what happens today is creating tomorrow's Black History.
  • New articles and other expressions related to Black History. 
  • Index of UC News articles on today's Black History in Greater Uphams Corner 
The origin of Black History, NAACP Boston activities, epitaphs for the murdered and how their families are coping, Black Writers of Black Poetry.

"Touched by the Heart of Truth" by Carolle Nau

One never really knows the true
pain which strikes another.

But if your heart still beats you'll
feel it when you read someone
else's story.

I felt my heart being touched when
a well of water cupped an eye as
I read them.

Amazing people like Desmond Tutu,
Booker T Washington, and many
more changed the world just by
being alive.

"The Sounds of Blackness"
by Latorial Faison (2006)

In my heart there lies no defeat
But in my bosom a triumphant and rhythmic beat
And while my spirit dances with gladness
I am quick to recall the sounds of blackness.

I hear the moaning and the wailing
Of native Africans held captive on ships sailing
As though it were my youth of yesterday
Whispering truths to ears in dark dismay.

"What is Poetry?"
by Latorial Faison

When you ask me "What is poetry?"
Take a good look - it's my destiny. 

Poetry is my God given seed daily reviving in me a new deed. It's the Word growing from within the mirror reflecting my soul's sin. 

Poetry is my prayer of consecration, my lit path in valleys of desolation, it's my moving, my grooving, my balm

poetry lines my soul, God gave it to make me whole. He sent it to set me free  God made poetry my eternity

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