Community Events: February 2021

By S-L Street Team Member Alexandra Fryman & Annie Lancos

Looking for something fun to do in February? Check out these awesome events you can safely attend!

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

What?  This seminar, led by Gretchen Sorin of SUNY Oneonta, explores how the car has been instrumental in promoting independence and encouraging resistance to oppression for African Americans. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Where? This is an online program.

When? Monday, February 1, 2021. 5:30PM – 6:30PM (EST). 

Cost? Free with registration!


The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine

What?  This is an exciting collaboration between the BPL and the American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (AA/NEHGS) to learn more about two impactful women in medicine. This talk will feature the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive an MD, and her sister Emily, who is also a physician with a profound impact on history. Find more information and Zoom details here!

Where? Online

When? Thursday, February 4th, 2021. 6:00PM – 7:00PM (EST). 

Cost? Free


Home: A Poetry Reading, Open Mic, and Workshop Series

What?  You can participate in the HOME poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series in partnership with Haley House and led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. The program features a poetry reading and open mic on the first Friday of the month, and is followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday. Find more details and registration information here!

Where? Online 

When? Reading and open mic on Friday, February 5th at 7:30PM. Workshop on Saturday, February 6th from 11:30AM-1:00PM

Cost? Free with registration


Sybrina Fulton — The Purpose of Power: We Are All Trayvon — Lowell Lecture

What? Join author Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, for an online conversation moderated by the Boston Public Library President David Leonard. In the wake of family tragedy, Sybrina Fulton has turned to social change by becoming an advocate. For more details and registration information, click here.

Where? Online via the Boston Public Library.

When? Tuesday, February 9, 2021. 6:00PM -7:30PM (EST).

Cost? Free with registration!


YES Virtual Cooking Class

What?  Join Youth Enrichment Services’ (YES) Young Professionals Committee for a Valentine’s Day themed Virtual Cooking Class with Sarah Hartzell, chef at Two Knives and a Pan. This class is also open to all levels and open to families! Reserve your spot here.

Where? Online 

When? Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. 5:30PM -7:00PM (EST).

Cost? $10 suggested donation to YES


Harboring at Home: An Evening with Oompa

What? This event from the Boston Harbor Now and AfroDesiaCity virtual arts series features a performance and Q&A with award-winning poet and rapper Oompa! Oompa is a Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator who has gained a large following in Boston and beyond. For more details and registration information, click here.

Where? Online with registration!

When? Monday, February 15, 2021. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EST).

Cost? Free with registration!


Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

What? The Boston Public Library is hosting a talk with author and historian Kerri Greenidge. Greenidge’s biography on William Monroe Trotter portrays Trotter as a seminal figure in history and highlights her perspective on contemporary black radicalism. You can find additional details and registration information here!

Where? Online via Zoom

When? Wednesday, February 16, 2021. 6:00PM -7:00PM (EST).

Cost? Free with registration!


Anna Malaika Tubbs — The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

What? The Boston Public Library and the Museum of African American History (MAAH), are hosting a discussion with author Anna Tubbs, who tells the story of how Black motherhood shaped American history. For more details and registration information, click here.

Where? Online!

When? Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 6:00PM -7:00PM (EST).

Cost? Free with registration!

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