Amplifying African American History Together

HistoryThon: Amplifying African American History Together, our fall campaign to amplify African American history, came to a close following six weeks of independent exploration and three in-person events.  Many thanks to all of you who participated for making this year’s HistoryThon a success, either by joining us for our in-person events and/or by using our online resources for independent learning and exploration!

HistoryThon kicked off with Rich Mosaic: Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s African American Heritage Trail. Together we explored the stories of many notable African Americans, and allies and abolitionists whose graves are marked at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Our second in-person HistoryThon event featured two tours of Bristol, RI following a brief program at Linden Place, a historic house museum and originally the home of the DeWolf family who played a key role in the notorious Triangle Trade. We explored the connections between the quaint harbor-side town to the slave trade and revealed the stories of the 19th-century free Black community of New Gorée in Bristol.

Our third event was Legacy of Courage Film Screening & Panel Discussion. It was co-sponsored by Primary Source and I Have a Future, a Boston-based youth activist organization at the Bruce C. Bolling Building in Roxbury, MA. The program  kicked off with an inspiring performance by spoken word artist Legacy Thornton, elevating the Black experience and setting the tone for the screening of Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts, Past, Present, Future. After viewing the film, the panelists shared their experiences as Black activists, educators, and allies in community and youth activism.

The film Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts, Past, Present, Future was created by the Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society’s Long Road to Justice and was produced by the award-winning Northern Light Productions.

Read the full article here: The Legacy Continues.

Our panelists included Henry Allen, Community Activist; Rashaun J. Martin, Acting Managing Director of Retention, Cultivation and Diversity Programs, Boston Public Schools; Vikiana Petit-Homme, Lead Organizer, I Have A Future. The panel was moderated by Keturah Brewster, Executive Director, I Have a Future.  

HistoryThon amplifies African American history at a time when some want to keep it buried. By joining HistoryThon, you help Primary Source equip students with an accurate and comprehensive understanding of African American history because this IS American history

Thank you to Annielly Camargo Photography for capturing two HistoryThon events, Rich Mosaic: Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s African American Heritage Trail and Legacy of Courage Film Screening & Panel Discussion.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!