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Worcester Celebrates Black History Month

Worcester Celebrates Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month, we reflect on the many sacrifices and great contributions African Americans have made to our country. Throughout our history, African Americans have courageously worn our Nation's uniform while defending peace and liberty around the globe.

African American patriots broke down racial barriers and inspired our Nation to make good on the promise of equal justice under the law. Educators transformed the academic world with the goal of ensuring that every child has access to a good education. And athletes and entertainers have brought pride and joy to generations of Americans.

Today, the accomplishments of African Americans in every aspect of our society continues to encourage people to reach as far as their vision and dreams may take them. Black History Month helps to reinforce America's highest ideals, our respect for diversity, community and freedom. By celebrating this month, we reaffirm our commitment to build a society where every person has the opportunity to achieve the promise of this great country.

Celebrations & Events

The City of Worcester is pleased to announce and promote the following virtual programs and events in celebration of Black History Month (February 2021), many in collaboration with other cultural institutions throughout the City.

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  • The "Great American Read Book Club" with be reading: "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, Feb. 23.
  • Joy and Devon's Staff Picks: Black History Month Edition.
  • A Black History Month booklist for kids, teens and adults (to be shared on website and Monthly Reading Round Up Newsletter).
  • A curated watch list through Kanopy, a movie streaming service available to anyone with a library card.
  • Virtual events/digital exhibits hosted by other cultural institutions.
  • Working with the Worcester Art Museum to share 10 - 20 images that relate to African-American history to cross-promote on social media channels.
  • A blog entry on Langston Hughes (Feb. 1 would have been his 120th birthday) done by WPL Public Services and Local History Librarians.
  • Featured read-along videos in book-a-day format from Hoopla.
  • Two of the Friday Field Trip programs for kids will feature Bright Star Theater virtual, live productions with Black History content.
  • Young Adult Lit Book Chat on Facebook Live will featuring Black History titles.
  • Rezarta Recommends Facebook Live will feature Black History titles.
  • Social media campaign in honor of Black History Month featuring prominent African-Americans.
  • Curated "Book Bundles" focused on telling the stories of Black Americans.

In honor of Black History Month, the Worcester Senior Center, in collaboration with the Worcester Art Museum, presents a video of Photographs of William Bullard titled "Worcester Art Museum Classes: The Photographs of William Bullard." The video highlights the work of itinerant photographer William Bullard, who at the time of his death in 1918, left behind a trove of more than 5,400 glass negatives. Among those negatives are more than 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans, mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester. The video is airing on Government Channel 192 throughout the month of February. Visit Video on Demand for a schedule of air times.

Acknowledgment and sharing of community events during February meetings.


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