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Black History Month - 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 the nation was fragile. 

A century later, the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery but not well. Another century passed to create the Civil Rights movement.  Another half century and the economic and social contributions of Black People have yet to be fully recognized.

Black History Month reminds us to awaken the conscience of America and to address the injustices of the past. 

Posted:  February 27, 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

Black History Month Poetry:  "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.

Posted:  February 26, 2013

Black History Month Poetry: "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.

 I need to know My father, my mother. I need to know My sister, my brother. . .  I need to know About the ideas of Malcolm X; I need to know What Dr. King's dream meant  (more)

Posted:  February 26, 2013

Black History Month Poetry: 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.

Posted:  February 26, 2013

Black History Month Poetry: " 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 black man's rage, the black woman's stage. If you care to recognize, just turn the page.

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

Posted:  February 26, 2013

Black History Month Poetry: Chalk Lines by Carolle Nau
Feb 26, 2013

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?

Posted:  February 26, 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

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
Harriet Tubman: I Can't Die But Once
In celebration of Black History Month

Grove Hall Branch Library:
Thursday 2/28, 6:00 pm

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman followed General Butler's army through Maryland, her home country. She operated as a scout and spy of the Union Army and helped slaves to escape to the Union Army.

Gwendolyn Quezaire Presutti will present the life and times of Harriet Tubman told in the oral tradition,  in a 45 minute presentation.

For adults and families ages 11+.  Sponsored by the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

Posted: Feb 25, 2013


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