Rescheduled from February 13, 2024 to February 27, 2024 , 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Cary Library – “Beyond Their Years” film screening and discussion

Large Meeting Room, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420

Join us for a screening of Beyond Their Years, a compelling story of parallel lives lived by sports and social justice icons, Herb Carnegie and Buck O’Neil. A conversation and Q&A with the film’s producer, Bryant McBride will follow.

Please click on the image above or this link to register for this in person event. https://carylibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/beyond-their-years-film-screening-and-discussion/

Thursday, January 25, 2024, 7 pm at Lexington Depot – Frederick Douglass and the Reimagination of American Democracy in the Civil War Era: An Evening with Historian David Blight

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students, teacher, and members of the Lexington Historical Society)

https://www.lexlyceum.org/events

Sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates, the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL), and the Lexington Historical Society

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight will explore Frederick Douglass’s role as a prose poet of democracy, from his transformation as an advocate of the proslavery Constitution to the antislavery Constitution in the 1850s and how he interpreted the revolutionary transformations of emancipation and Reconstruction.

David Blight is Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory and Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize for history.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 2 pm at Follen Community – MLK Day Concert – Boston & the Legacy of Pledging Alpha Phi Alpha

Please click here to purchase your tickets to ABCL’s 2024 MLK Day Concert on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 2 pm at Follen Community Church. You’ll be inspired to build a better tomorrow by the songs that inspired the Civil Rights Movement and the stories of Dr. King’s membership in Alpha Phi Alpha, a Black Greek-letter fraternity.

The tribute to Dr. King and the civil rights movement will feature spirituals and freedom songs performed by a choir led by Dennis L. Slaughter, EdM, DLP. Borther Dennis is founding director of the Boston Community Choir and artistic director of the Boston Pops Orchestra Gospel Choir.

Your guides through the Legacy of Pledging Alpha Phi Alpha include Michelle Ridgley, Lexington native who’s uncle was a linemate of Dr. King, and James Hoyte, Lexington resident and fellow Alpha who also pledged Sigma Chapter.

Tickets – $25 general admission

Proceeds support the ABCL Scholarship Fund.

This concert is ABCL’s 2024 Black History Portrait Banners Concert.

Invite your neighbors and friends to buy their tickets now to this celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 2pm at Follen Community Church.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 7:00 PM – Greater Boston Interfaith Organization – Housing Justice Campaign

Please join Greater Boston Interfaith Organization – Housing Justice Campaign on

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 7:00 PM –  8:30 PM ET (Arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 for a 7 pm sharp start)

Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421

In District Meeting with Senator Cindy Friedman and Reps Michelle Ciccolo, Sean Garballey and Ken Gordon

You can register for it here:
https://secure.everyaction.com/MKEv2yVp7UeialYIWKpHPg2

Thursday January 4, 2024, 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm program

ABCL’s Black History Portrait Banners honor trailblazers who have contributed to Lexington and American history and culture over the last four centuries.

This year’s banner honorees are two former Lexington residents

  • Kate Barbadoes – Perseverance in the 18th Century: baptized with her husband in Lexington in 1754, their three children were baptized in Lexington in 1755 and 1756, widowed in 1757 when her husband Quawk died. Come hear more about her story and the ripple effect that she had on the Revolutionary War and abolition movement.   .
  • John Henry Brown – Reestablishing Black Residency in the 19th Century: enslaved in Maryland, self-emancipated in 1862, Civil War veteran, resident of Lexington from 1860s to 1920.  Come here more about his story and how he became a pillar of the community with a pension.

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing with appetizers and drinks

There will also be an opportunity to take pictures with the portrait banners after the program.

Please use this link to RSVP and to share this event with your networks.

Saturday July 8, 2023 – 3rd Annual Quock Walker Day

240th Anniversary of Massachusetts Emancipation Day

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM – 3rd Annual Quock Walker Day Hike for Freedom

Bowman Elementary School
9 Philip Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

ACROSS Lexington Route M Loop
A Family Friendly Trail Walk of 3.3 Miles
8:00 AM – Registration & Storytelling
8:30 AM – Walk starts

Scan with your mobile phone or use the link below

Register at qwdhike4freedom2023.racewire.com

Join ABCL’s celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Supreme Judicial Court decision that ended slavery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1783.

Hear the story of Quock Walker’s life and judicial victories.
This event will run from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – 3rd Annual Quock Walker Day Community Celebration

Visitors Center Lawn
1875 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington MA 02420

Join ABCL’s celebration of the 240th anniversary of the Supreme Judicial Court decision that ended slavery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1783. Learn about the lives of Lexingtonians who were enslaved and emancipated. Hear how Quock Walker’s fortitude and judicial victories inspired his relatives to fight for equal rights in Massachusetts and for the abolition of slavery across the United States of America.

Highlights include colonial children’s games: hoop play, game of graces, and quoits, West African food and dance, colonial arts and crafts, colonial and military reenactors, and more.

This event is open to all and will run from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) May 31, 2023 update

June 2, 2023 at 12:30 PM – ABCL First Friday Lunch at Via Lago

1845 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420. Join us for lunch on the first Friday of each month

June 7, 2023 Cary Library Virtual Event – Watermelon and Red Birds with Food Writer and Author, Nicole A. Taylor

Registration required at https://carylibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-watermelon-and-red-birds-with-author-nicole-taylor/

June 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM – ABCL Second Thursday Social at Burtons

43 Middlesex Turnpike Unit 10B, Burlington, MA 01803. Join us on the second Thursday of each month

June 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM – June business meeting

Our guests will be Dr. Julie Hackett – Superintendent of Lexington Public Schools, Barbara Hamilton – METCO Coordinator, and Johnye Cole – Lexington Public Schools Director of Equity and Student Support

July 8, 2023 at 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM – 3rd Annual Quock Walker Day Hike for Freedom

A Family Friendly Trail walk of 3.3 miles

July 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM –  3rd Annual Quock Walker Day Community Celebration

This event is open to all and will run from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM