Oral History Collection Event for Black History Project of Lexington – Saturday, February 12, 2022

Join the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington from 10 am to Noon at Lexington Historical Society Archives & Research Center (1332 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington MA)

Everyone has a story. Will you share yours with us?

Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) and the Lexington Historical Society are teaming up again to document the history of the Black experience in town. Our inaugural event was in 2020.

Collecting oral histories, photographs, documents, and artifacts will help historians build a clear and complete picture of Lexington’s multiracial history.

On February 12th, we will be collecting stories and scanning photographs at the Archives and Research Center at Munroe Tavern.

If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to this project, please contact the ABCL Historian at historian@abclex.org to schedule an appointment.

All participants must provide proof of vaccination prior to having their appointment confirmed.

Only those with appointments will be allowed into the building during the event.

Black History Month Book Talk with Cary Library – Wednesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 pm

A Black Intellectual’s Odyssey: From a Pennsylvania Milltown to the Ivy League by Martin Kilson, PhD

Register at https://carylibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/a-blacks-intellectuals-odyssey-a-memoir/

Guest Speaker – Marion Kilson
Moderator – Marc Saint Louis

Martin Kilson was an American political scientist and, in 1969, he became the first black academic to be appointed a full professor at Harvard University. In A Black Intellectual’s Odyssey, Kilson takes readers on a fascinating journey from his upbringing in the small Pennsylvania mill town of Ambler and the racist margins of twentieth-century America to one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Join Marion Kilson and Mark St. Louis, for a deep dive into the life and accomplishments of the late Martin Kilson.

In 1969, Martin Kilson became the first tenured African American professor at Harvard University, where he taught African and African American politics for over thirty years. Dr. Kilson was buried in Westview Cemetery in 2019, https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/5/1/martin-kilson-obituary/

Lift Every Voice with Songs of Freedom & Justice – MLK Day at the Library – Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1 pm

Join the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington and Cary Library on Saturday, January 15, 2022 for a unique look into the songs that inspired marchers during the Civil Rights Movement.

Here is a poster to download and share.

Click the picture to register

Aniece Kerr, Lexington resident and active participant in the Civil Rights Movement, will share a brief history of each song and their significance to the movement. The songs will be performed by Candice R. Henry, Nellie R. Henry, Gwendolyn Kerr, and Stephen Kerr.
Advance registration is required. Sign up online at https://www.carylibrary.org/programs