February 12, 2019 The Legacy of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment

Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Living Room

The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1897 and has been considered one of the nation’s greatest monuments. This talk will consider the history the monument represents and the significance of the monument to Boston and the United States. The speaker will be Robert Bellinger. This program is a partnership between the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) and Cary Memorial Library.

January 19, 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Events at Cary Library

Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Living Room

Join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s message of hope and unity, as embodied by the making of the Stone of Hope memorial in Washington, D.C. At 2:45 Jamie Hoyte will present on the Stone of Hope and its relevance to our world today. Following his presentation, a panel will reflect on the relevance of Dr. King’s legacy and message of hope in today’s world through the lens of economic, educational, racial, and social justice. (This should begin around 3:30.) Complementary activities for children will take place at the same time in the Large Meeting Room.


  • Regina Caines, Executive Director for the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education
  • Judy Jackson, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MIT, former Vice-President for Institutional Diversity and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky
  • Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, former vice president for programs at the Boston Foundation
  • Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, President of Romain Murphy Consulting, a nonprofit strategy and management consulting firm focused on serving the unmet needs of disadvantaged individuals, families and communities

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Large Meeting Rm

An afternoon of family-friendly activities in celebration of the life of Dr.
Martin L. King, Jr.

  • 2:30 p.m.: storytime
  • 3 p.m.: Make Your Own Stone of Hope
  • 3:30 p.m.: storytime

This event is for children in grades kindergarten through second grade, and is designed to coordinate with the activities for parents upstairs in the  Living Room.

October 6, 2018 ABCL Celebrates National Family History Month

Please join the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) as we celebrate Nation Family History Month at Cary Memorial Library.

From newbie to now: My journey of tracing my family history featuring Kelly Suber


Every family has stories of their history.  The question is how to do the research to separate fact from fiction. Come hear the story of my journey and bring questions and resources that you have about your family.

This event is appropriate for all ages and everyone interested in genealogy and is cosponsored by the Cary Library

Sept 15, 2018 ABCL’s Library After Dark with Atlas Soul

The Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL), in partnership with Cary Memorial Library Foundation and the Munroe Center for the Arts present Library After Dark with Atlas Soul.  This musical event is Saturday, September 15 at Cary Memorial Library. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Atlas Soul is a multiple award-winning band performing original music that celebrates polyrhythm & melodies rooted in the Afro-Mediterranean traditions punched with organic deep funk, jazz and intelligent hip hop. Burning live performances with audience participation are their trademark!

They have played scores of major venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Festival International de Louisiane, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Joe’s Pub, Montreal Festival Nuits d’Afrique and more. They regularly sell out shows in the Boston area and beyond.

Atlas Soul’s Library After Dark performance will feature Lexington’s own Regie Gibson (percussionist, performer, and award-winning poet), Jacques Pardo (saxophonist, guitarist, composer, and band leader), Zeke Martin (drummer), Fernando Huergo (bassist), Perry Bakalos (guitarist), and Matt Steinberg (percussions).

Atlas Soul sings in French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English, making their performances truly cross-cultural music experiences. The lyrics speak of love, ecology, oppression, happiness, immigration, poverty, spicy food! The band has produced five CDs : Chamsa, Mabrouka, Maktoub, Live@Regattabar, and Gypsy Wind and two singles: We’re Atlas Soul and My Heart.

Cary Library is located at 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.carylibrary.org/foundation/events or at the door.

We expect this event to sell out so please purchase your tickets early!

June 30, 2018 – ABCL’s Haitian Cultural Fair

On June 30, 2018, ABCL is hosting an African Diaspora Cultural Festival in June in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month. Haiti has been chosen as the country for the inaugural event at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington. There will be samples of Haitian cuisine, natural and historical art, Haitians living in the community and the Commonwealth, arts and crafts exploration for children, and more!

Join us in the Great Room (basement)!  Plenty of parking in the rear of the church.

To get a sense of why Haiti was chosen, watch the trailer for 1804: The Hidden History of Haiti at http://www.1804movie.com/ .

Program for All Ages from Noon to 3:30 pm; Movie and Discussion from 3:30 to 6 pm

  • Noon     Windows on Haiti: Toussaint L’Ouverture
  • 12:30     Art of the First Black Republic of the Western Hemisphere
  • 1:30       Jazz Legends in Black and White
  • 2:30        Working with Haitians to Build Resilient Communities
  • 3:30       Movie, 1804: The Hidden History of Haiti (PG documentary)
  • 5:30       Understanding Haiti’s Impact on the World and US History

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May 22, 2018 Lexington School Committee meeting – Revisiting the Survey

In case you were unable to attend, here is the Lexington Minuteman coverage of the May 22, 2018 School Committee meeting. In a follow up meeting from May 8th, ABCL Education Subcommittee chair Jodia Finnagan encouraged the Lexington School Committee to revisit the school discipline survey



Viewing of METCO Documentary Film, “On the Line: Where Sacrifice Begins”

Sat, April 28, 2018

Please join ABCL at this Lexington Youth and Family Services  Multi Cultural Sponsoring Board event

METCO Documentary Film, “On the Line: Where Sacrifice Begins” on Sat, April 28, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 at First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd, on the Green in Lexington. Created by Mike Mascoll, a Lexington METCO graduate, this film documents the birth in 1966 of METCO, which is the oldest voluntary desegregation program.  It highlights the METCO program through the experience of both METCO and Lexington families and discusses why METCO is still such an important and beneficial program in Lexington today. Barbara Hamilton, METCO Director at Lexington High School said, “Now more than ever our country is at risk of being divided again. This story stands as an example of how we can still come together.” Following the film, there will be a panel of METCO parents, alumni, current students and educators.  Light refreshments will served.

To view the trailer, visit  https://www.newday.com/film/line-where-sacrifice-begins

METCO Documentary Film provides further for details

Student Discipline Survey – Your Input is Needed

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Over the last several months representatives of the Lexington Public Schools, Lexington Human Rights Committee (LHRC), and the Lexington Commission on Disability (COD) have worked with community members from the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) and Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) to develop a survey.

We want to hear about your experiences with student discipline in Lexington Public Schools (LPS). As a parent or guardian of student who is African-American or Black, or who has an IEP or 504 plan, your feedback is especially valuable to us and will help us improve responses to student discipline.

Please use this link to take this survey.  If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please contact  Sean Osborne

If you have questions about this survey, you may contact Sean Osborne or  Victoria Buckley , COD Chair.

Thank you for completing this survey by Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sean Osborne

Chair, LHRC