Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston’s Black History Month Committee, and the entire City of Boston will begin a month-long celebration in honor of Black History Month. Special events around Boston will celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Black community, and will acknowledge the trailblazers, activists and leaders who have fought so hard for diversity, inclusion and equality.

This month of celebration will begin with a kick-off event today at City Hall, honoring Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
 Boston City Hall, 3rd Floor Mezzanine
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer
  • Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland
  • Bishop Robert C. Perry II
  • Dion Irish, Commissioner of the Boston Election Department
  • Black History Month Committee, City of Boston


The City of Boston will continue to celebrate Black History Month in February with the following events:

Portraits of Purpose: The Next Generation featuring Don West

Thursday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 28

City Hall Gallery, Boston City Hall

Carter G. Woodson Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 17 – 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park, 55 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury

Together We Rise with the Elderly Commission

Thursday, February 22 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Russell Auditorium, 70 Talbot Ave., Dorchester

The Fashionscape of Boston

Thursday, February 22 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury

Dream Chasers – One Mic Many Voices

Tuesday, February 27 – 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing

In addition, last month Mayor Walsh, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Diversity; Arts and Culture; Boston Public Schools; and media partner Boston25, announced an open call for student artists to submit artwork inspired by landmarks related to Black history in Boston, in honor of Black History Month. More information is available on