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Marking Their Place in History: Cambridge Black Trailblazers

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2023

Location:
Main Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge

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Join us for an exhibit of Cambridge Black Trailblazers, curated by the Cambridge Black History Project, on display at the Main Library from January 26 to February 28.  Fifteen extraordinary Black Cantabrigians, whose lives and accomplishments have often been overlooked, will be featured in this exhibition:  

Roy Allen, Actor, TV Stage Manager, Director, Producer, Creator
Joyce London Alexander, Chief US Magistrate Judge

Barbara Ward Armstrong, Artist, Musician, Creator

Olive Benson, Innovative Hair-Care Entrepreneur

Calvin Burnett, Daring Artist and Gifted Teacher

Dr. June Christmas, Pioneer in Public Health

Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Faith and Action

Charles LeRoy Gittens, Secret Service Agent

Johnny Hodges, Jazz Saxophonist Extraordinaire

Kittie Towle Knox, Cycling Pioneer and Champion Racer

Gertrude Wright Morgan, Teacher and a Force for Change

Henry F. Owens, Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Miller Rawlins, Teacher, Educational Leader, and Advocate for Educational Equity and Opportunity

Gus Solomons Jr., Contemporary Dancer, Innovator, Mentor

Leon West, Chef

The exhibit is on display in the lobby, on the second floor, and on the gallery wall on L2.  Illustrated bookmarks, created by the Cambridge Black History Project detailing the lives of these Black Trailblazers, will be available.  Join us for an opening reception on January 26 at 6:30 pm.