Evening and Weekend Events

Check out our upcoming evening programs on Zoom!


Some Forgotten Black Women of the
Civil Rights Movement
Wednesday, February 1st
7:00 p.m.
Donna Halper, Historian and Radio Consultant

 When most people think of the Civil Rights Movement, names like Martin Luther King, James Farmer, or John Lewis come to
mind. Too often women are either written out of history entirely or mentioned for one brave act-- like Rosa Parks. In reality, Black women played a key role in the fight for Civil Rights and their contributions to the movement are only recently getting more attention. In this presentation, media historian and Professor Donna Halper will discuss why these Black women advocates were often ignored by the media (despite their groundbreaking work.) She will also tell you the rest of the story about Rosa Parks, and introduce you to some other women who helped to bring about the end of segregation, including Claudette Colvin, Fannie Lou Hamer, Septima Poinsette Clark, Diane Nash, Ella Baker, and Mary McLeod Bethune. This event is made possible by a generous grant from The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club.

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The Importance of the Black Press
Wednesday, February 15th
7:00 PM
Donna Halper, Historian and Radio Consultant

In greater Boston, most white residents read newspapers like the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, or the Boston Post. But the Black community was often overlooked by these publications, which is why newspapers like the Boston Chronicle and the Boston Guardian were so important. They covered the stories that the mainstream press ignored and helped Black Bostonians to feel that their issues mattered. The same was true in other cities-- the Chicago Defender or the Pittsburgh Courier or the Baltimore Afro-American were a lifeline for Black readers. In this presentation, media historian and Professor Donna Halper will look at the history of the Black press, and discuss some pioneering Black sportswriters, political reporters, investigative journalists, and opinion columnists. Some remained with the Black press,  and others were eventually hired by white publications, but all made a difference for their readers. Among the people to be discussed are Mabe Kountze, Frank “Fay” Young, Nell Dodson Russell, Joe Bostic, Wendell Smith, Alice Dunnigan, Carl Rowan, Ted Poston, and Ethel Payne. This event is made possible by a generous grant from The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club.


If you are 60+,  please call us at 782-235-3961 to register and received the Zoom link. Please note registration opens on Wednesday, December 28th at 9:00 AM for Wellesley residents and Thursday, December 29th at 9:00 AM for non-residents.