Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month

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Please join the City of Cambridge for special events in celebration of Black History Month:

Open Mic Night Thursday, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Cambridge City Hall, 2nd Floor, 795 Massachusetts Avenue
The Office of Mayor Marc C. McGovern invites you to an Open Mic Night in celebration of Black History Month. Song, dance, spoken word, poetry readings, photography, and all other art forms are encouraged. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome! Please contact Ana Barros, to submit audio and visual art forms.

Fifty Years Since MLK Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway
The Cambridge Public Library welcomes acclaimed educators Brandon M. Terry, Tommie Shelby, Elizabeth Hinton, and Cornel West for a panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This discussion will feature Fifty Years Since MLK, the latest Boston Review issue, edited by Brandon M. Terry; and To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Harvard University Press, edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry. This program is co-sponsored with Harvard Bookstore and Boston Review.

Screening of Alice's Ordinary People Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway
Alice's Ordinary People chronicles the life, travails and triumphs of Alice Tregay a Chicago-based leader of the civil rights movement. Ms. Tregay's activism under the banner of the SCLS's Operation Bread Basket paved the way for the election of Mayor Harold Washington, the first African American elected Mayor of Chicago. Event will include a panel discussion.Cambridge

Black History Month Celebration Featuring Renowned Gullah Geechee Storyteller, Ms. Theresa Hilliard
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m., Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public!
The Gullah Geechee people are descendants of West African slaves brought to the coasts of Carolinas, Georgia, and Northern Florida, whose geographic isolation helped them retain a distinct culture and language. Gullah storyteller, Theresa Hilliard, has been featured in National Geographic video magazine in 2014 & 2016.  This program is sponsored by the City of Cambridge Employees' Committee on Diversity, the City Manager's Office and the Office of Mayor Marc C. McGovern. 
Link to Program Flier
Photo at right: Gullah Christmas by Diane Britton Dunham.

Additionally, the City's Community Development Department is featuring an information page on African American pioneers who helped make our cities what they are today through leadership, advocacy, and invention. Learn more about some of the figures throughout American history who made significant contributions to urban development and how their legacies live on through current City initiatives.
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