Film Premiere “Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts Past, Present, Future”

Join Primary Source for the film premiere of Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts Past, Present, Future followed by a panel discussion on the importance of inspiring students through the study of Black activism.

Join us in person or virtually:
Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm
Framingham State University
100 State St, Framingham, MA 01701

This event is free and open to the public.

Massachusetts prides itself on its legacy of abolitionism and on its current liberal, socially conscious values. However, this has not always been the case. This 20-minute film created by Long Road to Justice chronicles how African American activists in Massachusetts have used the legal system to pursue freedom and civil rights for over 400 years.

Together, we will learn about the people who contributed to Massachusetts’ legacy of social justice activism.

The stories highlighted in the film include the enslaved Africans who enriched the owners of the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford; Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett), an enslaved person in Sheffield, MA who brought a successful lawsuit in 1781 on the basis that slavery was incompatible with the new Massachusetts constitution; Sarah Roberts, a Black child in the 1840s whose father Benjamin Roberts sued Massachusetts in 1848 so she could attend an all-white school near their home in Boston; and Ruth Batson, whose petition to the Boston School Committee (BSC) in 1963 to end discrimination in public schools ultimately led to court-ordered desegregation.

The lessons these stories deliver through successes, failures, and persistent activism will inform and inspire audiences in schools and communities in Massachusetts and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public.

Register here.

Robert Morris (1823-1882) opened the first Black law office in Boston, MA and fought for for civil rights and racial equality.