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Celebrate Black History in Cambridge

The way Cambridge celebrates black history speaks to all kinds of interests. From sharing a traditional Zimbabwean meal to exploring the role of black women in the suffrage movement, it’s Black History Month at its most versatile here. Read on for ideas about how you can honor black history.

African-American Heritage Trail
Cambridge’s Baldwin School is named after Cantabrigian, Maria I. Baldwin. Baldwin was the first African-American woman to become a principal in the Northeast. These facts and a whole lot more are in store for you on the African-American Heritage Trail. Walk down history lane and get acquainted with black abolitionists, public officials, authors and educators who lived in Cambridge from 1840-1940. Their accomplishments are highlighted by 20 trail markers.

Prince Hall Monument
Stop by Cambridge Common to see local artist Ted Clausen's Prince Hall Monument. The monument recognizes the achievements of this 18th century abolitionist. During the Revolutionary War era, Prince Hall was a key figure in Boston. Hall founded the first black lodge within the Masonic Order, and he is remembered for standing against inequality.

Taste of Carnival
Christian Life Center, February 29, 12-3p.m. and 4-7p.m.
Taste of Carnival is a celebration of the Caribbean and African diaspora, and it offers a "taste" of what to expect at the annual Caribbean festival in Cambridge. At Taste of Carnival, experience Caribbean pantomimes and storytelling, music and dancing, steel pan demos and performances, and arts and craft vendors. Not to mention Caribbean food and a gorgeous costume showcase!

The Connect: A Black History Month Creative Panel and Networking Mixer
Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, February 27, 6-10p.m.
“The Connect” tackles issues impacting black creatives in the Boston area. Their panel includes creatives of various disciplines who will discuss how to best utilize our skills and talents in order to empower the black community. The panel is followed by a fun mixer with drinks, refreshments, giveaways and music from DJ Mvgic. It all takes place in Cambridge's beautiful gallery of African and African American art.

The City of Cambridge’s Black History Month Reception
Cambridge City Hall, February 26, 5-7p.m.
Did you know Cambridge is home to one of the U.S.’s oldest African American communities? At The City's reception expect to learn a ton, especially from Dr. Manisha Sinha. Sinha is a leading historian on the role of black women in the suffrage movement. Before her presentation, the reception will begin with the unveiling of the 2020 Black History Month postage stamp as well as new art by local black artists.

Zimbabwean Cuisine Pop-Up by Open Kitchen Projects
Culture House, February 22, 6-9p.m.
Take a seat at this pop-up dinner and feast on Zimbabwean cuisine, inclusive of a traditional chicken stew along with vegan mushrooms and spinach in local herbs. For dessert indulge in an ice-cream cake plus more tasty sweets. The meal is served up by Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru, an immigrant from Zimbabwe and the founder of True Identity, her country’s first intersex organization. Seats are limited to 30 so booking soon is recommended.

Bohemian Arts Boston’s Artist Reception
Summer Shack, February 20, 5:30-8p.m.
Artists (and art lovers), take a bow and join in on this free event hosted by Bohemian Arts Boston! They will observe Black History Month through the vision and artistry of the Boston area’s creative diaspora. Light refreshments will be served at the Artist Reception, which is open to all.


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