The Museum of African American History

The current exhibit is Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century.

Link

The Freedom Trail, African American History Tour

Led by a costumed guide, visitors view history through the eyes of African-American revolutionaries such as Crispus Attucks, Phyllis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, and others.

Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St., Boston, 617-357-8300—Link

The Boston Children's Museum

Exhibits: Boston Black

"Designed to highlight the tremendous diversity within Boston's Black community. Boston Black is a dialogue about race, ethnicity, identity, and community."

Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston—Link

Movies

Curently in area theatres:

  • Fences (rated PG-13). Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson, this is a story of a working class African-American Family in the 1950's
  • Hidden Figures (Rated PG) An inspiring fictionalized version of the book by Margot Lee Shettely: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped to Win the Space Race.
  • I am Not Your Negro (Rated PG-13) The movie focuses on writer and social critic, James Baldwin, and his observations of events of the 1960's.

Plays

"Three powerful one-act plays written and directed by Jacqui Parker, Wrestling with Freedom connects African-American history to the country's present predicament."

Feb 10-26, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m., Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury, 617-541-3900—Link

Books

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. National Book Award Winner for fiction in 2016. Your local librarian is a great resource for recommendations for children and adults.


Legislative Breakfast
  • Cancelled

This annual event, organized by Jay Kaufman, is an opportunity for supporters to meet with members of the House and Senate to discuss the impact, success, and need to increase the funding of the program. Resident and Boston parents, students, school committee members, superintendents, Family/Friends, and the METCO Director's Association, MDA, are all invited. The MDA Legislative Committee will distribute the invitation and Program Agenda.

Parent Rally

Tuesday, February 28th, Mattapan Public Library, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Lobby Day Breakfast

This annual event is a day in which the districts try to bring bus loads of people for the Program and for individual meetings with state reps. More information to follow.

Tuesday, March 14th, from 9:00-2:00 @ the State House

BAR Events


Meeting dates for the upcoming year
  • Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
  • Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Flett Room, Belmont Public Library
The Stand Up Campaign—Planning for 2017!
  • Cancelled! Rescheduling to be announced.
  • Belmont Public Library Assembly Room

Following the successful Hands Around the Pond event in December, the Stand Up Campaign will be looking to identify and organize programming and activities based on both community input from our meetings last spring and situations of recent concern. Your input and participation is critical.

Here are a few ideas on the docket:

  • From Bystander to Upstander -- a practical training for bystander intervention. This workshop will include a 2.5 hour hands-on community training program on bystander Intervention. This event is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 18. This event will be held in conjunction with True Story Theater, a professional theater troupe based in Arlington.
  • Workshops on communicating, including electronically, with family, friends and coworkers with whom you don't agree
  • Locally based programs to help build bridges and break down barriers (is it time for our Community Soup Nights?)
  • Stepping in to support our friends and neighbors if they are feeling unsafe or marginalized?
  • YOUR ideas!

In addition, we would like to hear your thoughts about program sponsorship and discuss some leadership volunteer needs.

Please remember in all of our conversations, the Stand Up Campaign is non-political and non-partisan, and welcomes all members of the community

Please join us and invite you friends and neighbors! If you have suggestions or ideas to discuss that evening, please contact Donna Ruvolo at donna.ruvolo@gmail.com

Other
  • Of interest regarding recent events—Race Related
  • For those unable to attend the remarkable panel discussion on Muslims in America: Hearing Their Story, we encourage you to view it on Belmont Media.
Civil Rights Issues in Massachusetts
A presentation by members of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • Thursday, March 2nd, 7 pm
  • Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA
  • Assembly Room, Ground Floor

D'Andre Fernandez, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Sara Colb, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Assistant Attorney Generals Colb and Fernandez will speak about the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office's Civil Rights Division and will take questions about recent developments, including the addition of "gender identity" to anti-discrimination laws relating to public accommodations, the Attorney General's new Hate Crime Hotline, for reporting threats, harassment or violence based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, and immigration.


How We Work

BAR works with various segments of our community - government, schools, churches and businesses to:

  • Raise awareness about prejudice in our community through education, distribution of information and resource materials, contribution to local media, and participation in public dialogue
  • Fund diversity training in the schools and community
  • Respond to racial incidents which have occurred in Belmont
  • Establish formal connections with the institutions of Belmont government and public schools to develop programs or plans for addressing the problem of racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Sponsor events with special presentations and speakers focused on topics addressing discrimination
  • Sponsor social events to bring diverse people together in celebration of the arts or as informal gatherings

Our History

Founded in May 1992 after rioting scarred Los Angeles, Belmont Against Racism (BAR) is a community-action, all-volunteer organization addressing issues of racism and prejudice by following the slogan, think globally, act locally. We focus on fostering awareness and educating the community about exclusionary practices, creating a welcoming community for all, and increasing diversity throughout the town. While BAR, in its first decade, mostly focused on addressing racism, we have broadened our mission to include all problems of prejudice that impact our town and local community.

Our Purpose

To promote dialogue, awareness, and understanding about prejudice and to celebrate diversity in Belmont.


Why Join?

BAR work affects our community:

  • We raise awareness and open discussion
  • Our work produces results and makes a difference for everyone in town!
  • Fulfill your own commitment to making a difference and participate in community building

Make a Difference

  • Consider attending one of our quarterly meetings and see if BAR is something you would like to become a part.
  • If you like to contribute your expertise, funds, time or other resources please contact us
We are confident that you will make a positive step for Belmont in justice, equality and community relations!

Concerns about the safety and card-being of our gay and lesbian students in the Belmont schools led to the establishment of the Gay Straight Alliance Committee in 2001. BGSAC is devoted to addressing issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community in Belmont.

Mission

  • To lead Belmont in becoming a community that welcomes and values its LGBTQ community members
  • To advocate for the safety and equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the schools and community at large
  • To actively serve as a resource and source of support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community members, in particular, as card as to the larger Belmont community

Town of Belmont

Government Organizations For Equality And Social Justice

Non-Profit Organizations For Equality, Social Justice, Fair Housing

Museums/Black History Trail

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Equal Rights

Form for METCO support fund requests Form for general funding requests