Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) April 18, 2023 update

Upcoming events

April 22, 2023 at 8:00 PM Cary Lecture Series event at Cary Memorial Hall 1605 Mass Ave in Lexington- Safeguarding the Mental and Behavioral Health of a City – Dr. Kevin Simon

The final event in the 2022-2023 Cary Lecture Series. A compelling topic and best of all it’s free!

May 5, 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

May 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM – ABCL Second Thursday Social at Burtons Grill

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

May 18, 2023 7:00 – 8:00 PM May business meeting


May 21, 2023 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM “My American Story” – cosponsoring with CALex

ABCL is cosponsoring this event with CALex and others. This is the third event and it will be an in-person event on May 21 (Sunday) 2pm-4pm at the Lexington Depot.

May 27, 2023 Discovery Day

We will be representing at the annual Discovery Day. –

June 3, 2023 Black Music Month Benefit Concert – A Tribute to Florence Price

This event has been postponed until the fall of 2023

Billy Kilson Quartet: A Tribute Concert to Jazz Drummer & Teacher Alan Dawson at Cary Hall on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm

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Association of Black Citizens of Lexington presents the Billy Kilson Quartet. Multiple Grammy award winning drummer, Billy Kilson headlines this celebration of Alan Dawson. Alan was a teacher who mentored and inspired Billy.

In addition to teaching at the Berklee College of Music, Billy tours internationally. He has performed with several famous musicians including Dave Holland, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Burt Bacharach, Glady’s Knight, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti and Sting.

The Billy Kilson Jazz Quartet features Bill Pierce on Saxophone, Ron Mahdi on Bass, Russ Hoffman on Piano, and Billy Kilson on Drums. They will perform arrangements written by Alan Dawson and some favorites from Alan’s discography.

The Lexington High School Jazz Combo will open for the Billy Kilson Jazz Quartet.  Founded in 1984, the group has performed extensively all over the country and in Europe, including the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the Montreax Jazz Festival, the Jazz Educators Network Conference, and the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York.  Honors include top prizes at the Mingus Festival, the UMass Jazz Festival and the UNH Jazz Festival

Don’t miss this spring’s must-attend jazz concert!

Pre-Concert Discussion at 6:30 with Billy Kilson and John Ramsay. John is the former head of percussion at The Berklee College of Music who studied with Alan Dawson, Max Roach, and Art Blakey. John has also written two books, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messages, and The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson. John teaches in the Lexington home studio where Alan taught Billy and him.

Proceeds support ABCL scholarships.

Background on ABCL Black History Portrait Banner Honoree Alan Dawson
Alan Dawson was a legendary drummer and educator, known for his work with the top artists in jazz as well as for his 18-year association with Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Dawson’s teaching was inspirational.  One of Mr. Dawson’s first students was a young Boston drummer named Tony Williams. According to Mr. Williams, “Mr. Dawson didn’t only teach me to play the drums, he taught me how to conduct myself as a musician and as a man.”
Former student and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington calls Mr. Dawson “one of the greatest drummers and one of the greatest teachers in the world”. Ms. Carrington is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice
Former student Osami Mizuno, a jazz drummer and educator from Japan, created and named a drum school and record label in honor of his drum instructor Alan Dawson.

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A Storytelling in Honor of the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 10:30—11:30 AM

Living Room, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420

Find more information at A Storytelling in Honor of the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Join renowned storyteller Valerie Tutson for a program honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and the Civil Rights Movement. This family-friendly program will include songs (can’t do Civil Rights Movement without singing!) and stories of people who walked along side Dr King, who were inspired by and a part of the Movement, as well as a personal story Valerie calls “Carleen and Me and Dr King’s Dream,” which explores a personal story of an interracial friendship in the early days of school/neighborhood integration.

ABCL presents the Black History Project of Lexington Music Series

January 15, 2023 at 2 PM MLK Day Concert & Scholarship Fundraiser – The music of the Civil Rights Movement

Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA 02420

Ticket – $25 general admission, proceeds support ABCL Scholarship Fund

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Be moved to build a better tomorrow by the songs of the civil rights movement which fueled the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr King was a civil rights icon who spoke at Lexington High School on February 11, 1963.

Narrator – Aniece Ragland Kerr, Lexington resident, native of Anniston, Alabama, and eyewitness to Civil Rights Movement

Music – Brother Dennis and Friends. Dennis L. Slaughter is founding director of the Boston Community Choir and artistic director of the Boston Pops Orchestra Gospel Choir.

Featured Soloist – Nalah Kasongo, LHS Class of 2023

April 2, 2023 Jazz Appreciation Month Benefit Concert – A Tribute to Alan Dawson

June 2023 Black Music Month Benefit Concert – A Tribute to Florence Price

Quock Walker Day Community Celebration – Friday, July 8, 2022 – Black Farmers Persevere

Join the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington on Friday, July 8, 2022, for the 2nd Annual Quock Walker Day aka Massachusetts Emancipation Day Community Celebration.

This virtual event begins at 7 pm.

For more information and to register, Quock Walker Day Community Celebration – Friday, July 8, 2022 – Black Farmers Persevere

To join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 989224

Quock Walker Day celebrates the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision of July 8, 1783, that found a White enslaver guilty of assault on Quock Walker, a freedom seeking Black man, and agreed with Chief Justice Cushing that the ideas of slavery and perpetual servitude were incompatible with the state constitution.

The Quock Walker trials span from 1781 to 1783. In 1781 Quock Walker, a young man from Barre, MA and of Akan and/or Ewe lineage, filed a civil suit against Nathaniel Jennison for assault and battery.  Mr. Walker was found by the jury to be free and was awarded 50 pounds. Following appeals and a criminal case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found Jennison guilty of assault and agreed that the ideas of slavery and perpetual servitude were incompatible with the state constitution.

Mr. Walker’s fight through the legal system to safeguard his natural freedom resulted in the end of slavery in Massachusetts.

This year ABCL will celebrate the audacity of Quock Walker, the Black farmer, and explore the role that Black farmers continue to play in addressing racial disparities and providing food and income for their families.

Invited speakers include

  • Massachusetts Emancipation Day aka Quock Walker Day Proclamation – Jill Hai, Lexington Select Board
  • Harvest Poetry – Regie Gibson, Literary Performer
  • Using Community Gardens for Subsistence Farming and to Grow Cash Crops – Victorine Nduku, Nurse and Farmer

Hosted by the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington.

Quock Walker Day Hike for Freedom – Saturday, July 9, 2022 8:00 AM – “RAIN or SHINE”

On Saturday, July 9, 2022, the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) is hosting the second annual Quock Walker Day Hike for Freedom.  This intergenerational event is an opportunity for Lexington residents and other friends of liberty to celebrate Massachusetts Emancipation Day while enjoying the sites along ACROSS Lexington Route M.  ACROSS Lexington Route M is an approximately 3.3-mile looped trail. The event will start at 8 am at Bowman Elementary School, 9 Philip Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Quock Walker Day (also known as Massachusetts Emancipation Day) celebrates a historic court case won in 1783 by Quock Walker, a self-emancipated man who sued his enslaver for assault and battery. In winning the case, Chief Justice William Cushing not only granted Walker compensation, but also the assurance that slavery was incompatible with the state constitution.

Mr. Walker was a farm worker whose perseverance led to end of slavery in Massachusetts.  This year ABCL recognizes Quock Walker’s indomitable spirit and present-day Black Farmers who continue to persevere.

Participants may register online and in person between 7:30 and 9 am on July 9.  We encourage participants to register online by July 7, 2022, to guarantee receipt of a commemorative t-shirt.

ACROSS Lexington, a project of the Greenways Corridor Committee, is a network of marked trails and paths for walkers, runners, and trail bikers.  ABCL requests that participants practice “leave no trace” ethics by leaving the land in equal or better condition than you found it.  Participants are requested to remove and properly dispose of any waste that you generate.

Participants are responsible for bringing and using activity-appropriate equipment, (insect repellant, proper footwear, sufficient water, etc.), and for carrying the proper clothing (hat, rain gear, etc.).  Ticks and mosquitoes may be encountered along the trail.

Participants will have an opportunity to take a picture with the Quock Walker banner which is part of the Black History Project of Lexington.  Please upload photos of your experiences during Quock Walker Day Hike for Freedom on social media, #QWDHike4Freedom.

My American Story – Thursday May 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month 2022, you are cordially invited to the “My American Story” Event. During the event, seven panelists from the Lexington AAPI community will share their personal stories. These panelists have very different backgrounds, professions and life experiences, which showcase the wonderful diversity in our AAPI community. It is also an event to celebrate our commonality as Americans. Please see below and the attached flyer for event details.  

Presented by Chinese Americans of Lexington (CALex) 

Click to register (required)

More Information:


Quamrun (Mukul) Zaman
Chris Wai
Caroline Yang
Yumio Saneyoshi
Manasi Singhal
Jade Do
Salvador Jaramillo


  • The Human Rights Committee of Lexington
  • Town of Lexington Human Services Department
  • Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL)
  • Bangladeshi Americans of Lexington (BALex)
  • Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL)
  • Japanese Support Group of Lexington (JPLex)
  • Korean American Organization of Lexington (KOLex)
  • LexPride

8th Annual Parent Academy Registration Information – Saturday March 19, 2022

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Lexington Parent Academy
Click to download the flyer

WHO:  All interested Lexington families, adult caregivers and faculty

WHAT:  8th Annual Lexington Parent Academy. Participants can choose up to 3 workshops to attend throughout the day.

WHEN: Saturday March 19th 9:30-2:30

WHERE: Virtual through Zoom

WHY:  The Parent Academy is designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world, this is a free event for all interested parents and community members.  

To Register and View Presenters and Workshop Descriptions click on the link below: 

2022 Lexington Parent Academy Registration Link or scan the QR code 

SPONSORED BY:  The Lexington Public Schools SHAC (School Health Advisory Council), Town of Lexington Human Services Dept., Town of Lexington Recreation Dept., ABCL (Association of Black Citizens of Lexington), BALex (Bangladeshi Americans of Lexington), CAAL (Chinese American Association of Lexington), CALex (Chinese Americans of Lexington), Human Rights Committee, IAL (Indian Americans of Lexington), JPLex (Japan Support Group of Lexington), KOLex (Koreans of Lexington), LexFun (Lexington’s 5-and-under Network), Lexington Community Coalition, LexPride, LexSEPTA (Lexington Special Education PTA), PPC (PTO Presidents Council), LHS Forums Committee.

Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any questions.

Florence Price at Cary Library – Saturday March 12, 2022 at 2 pm

Moderator/Host – Regie Gibson

Performer/Speaker – Dr. Samantha Ege

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Join Cary Library and the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington for a virtual program that introduces audiences to Florence Price, the first African American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra – in 1933. Dr. Samantha Ege will elaborate on Florence Price’s style of music and provide vivid commentaries, while incorporating her own performance videos.

Dr Samantha Ege is a leading interpreter and scholar of the African American composer Florence B. Price. Dr Ege’s performances and publications shed an important light on composers from underrepresented backgrounds. She has been contracted as co-author alongside Douglas Shadle of Price (Master Musicians Series, Oxford University Press) and co-editor alongside A. Kori Hill of The Cambridge Companion to Florence B. Price (Cambridge University Press).

Dr Ege is the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of York and a BA with honors in Music from the University of Bristol. She spent her second undergraduate year at McGill University as an exchange student. She taught music internationally for almost a decade after graduating from Bristol. She joined Lincoln College in 2020.

Regie Gibson will be the host of this program.  He is a poet, educator, and literary performer. Recently, as a member of Convergence Ensemble, Regie Gibson narrated an evening dedicated to art songs composed by Black composers of which Florence Price was centrally featured. He lives in Lexington.