Marking Their Place in History: Cambridge Black Trailblazers

By Cambridge Public Library

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Thursday, January 26 9am – 9pm

This is a recurring event and is coming up on Friday, January 27 9am – 9pm; Saturday, January 28 9am – 9pm; and Sunday, January 29 9am – 9pm .: Upcoming occurrences include: Monday, January 30 9am – 9pm; Tuesday, January 31 9am – 9pm; Wednesday, February 1 9am – 9pm; Thursday, February 2 9am – 9pm; Friday, February 3 9am – 9pm; Saturday, February 4 9am – 9pm; Sunday, February 5 9am – 9pm; Monday, February 6 9am – 9pm; Tuesday, February 7 9am – 9pm; Wednesday, February 8 9am – 9pm; Thursday, February 9 9am – 9pm; Friday, February 10 9am – 9pm; Saturday, February 11 9am – 9pm; Sunday, February 12 9am – 9pm; Monday, February 13 9am – 9pm; Tuesday, February 14 9am – 9pm; Wednesday, February 15 9am – 9pm; Thursday, February 16 9am – 9pm; Friday, February 17 9am – 9pm; Saturday, February 18 9am – 9pm; Sunday, February 19 9am – 9pm; Monday, February 20 9am – 9pm; Tuesday, February 21 9am – 9pm; Wednesday, February 22 9am – 9pm; Thursday, February 23 9am – 9pm; Friday, February 24 9am – 9pm; Saturday, February 25 9am – 9pm; Sunday, February 26 9am – 9pm; Monday, February 27 9am – 9pm; Tuesday, February 28 9am – 9pm; and Wednesday, March 1 9am – 9pm.

Ages: Pre-natal to 18 and Adults.


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Main Library

449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Mid Cambridge

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Join us for an exhibit of Cambridge Black Trailblazers, curated by the Cambridge Black History Project, on display at the Main Library from January 26 to February 28.  Fifteen extraordinary Black Cantabrigians, whose lives and accomplishments have often been overlooked, will be featured in this exhibition:  

Roy Allen, Actor, TV Stage Manager, Director, Producer, Creator
Joyce London Alexander, Chief US Magistrate Judge

Barbara Ward Armstrong, Artist, Musician, Creator

Olive Benson, Innovative Hair-Care Entrepreneur

Calvin Burnett, Daring Artist and Gifted Teacher

Dr. June Christmas, Pioneer in Public Health

Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Faith and Action

Charles LeRoy Gittens, Secret Service Agent

Johnny Hodges, Jazz Saxophonist Extraordinaire

Kittie Towle Knox, Cycling Pioneer and Champion Racer

Gertrude Wright Morgan, Teacher and a Force for Change

Henry F. Owens, Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Miller Rawlins, Teacher, Educational Leader, and Advocate for Educational Equity and Opportunity

Gus Solomons Jr., Contemporary Dancer, Innovator, Mentor

Leon West, Chef

The exhibit is on display in the lobby, on the second floor, and on the gallery wall on L2.  Illustrated bookmarks, created by the Cambridge Black History Project detailing the lives of these Black Trailblazers, will be available.  Join us for an opening reception on January 26 at 6:30 pm.