For this week’s BosTen, we’re highlighting a mixture of events and things to do inspired by the historic protests in honor of George Floyd, the Black man who was killed in Minneapolis police custody last week. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of in-person vigils and socially distant demonstrations will take place on Thursday in various Boston neighborhoods, as well as nearby towns and cities. At 5:30 p.m., people will gather in Jamaica Plain at the intersection of Centre Street and South Street for a 30-minute silent standout in support of Black Lives Matter. At the same time a bit farther south, a group will gather at Adams Park in Roslindale for the same purpose. Other demonstrations are also planned in Woburn, Newton, and Wilmington.
WBUR senior news correspondent Kimberly Atkins will moderate a special WBUR virtual town hall on at 6 p.m. Thursday discussing “race, justice, police practices, and a nation in pain after the death of George Floyd.” Guests include former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Violence in Boston Inc. founder Monica Cannon-Grant, and Rev. Willie Bodrick II, associate pastor at the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church. The free event can be accessed on Slido with the code #WBURVTH.
During this one-hour virtual vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosted by the Malden Community Organizing for Racial Equity, Mystic Valley Area NAACP, and Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition, attendees will remember the Black lives taken by police by reading their names and extinguishing a candle for each person. Along with representatives from each group, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and several faith leaders are scheduled to speak. The event is free but requires pre-registration.
South Boston wine bar Gray’s Hall will return for a one-day barbecue on Friday to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center. In addition to ordering plates of pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and cornbread through the bar’s website (beer and wine are also available to-go), diners can make a donation to the center, which uses advocacy to fight hate and seek justice. In return, Gray’s Hall will match 100 percent of diners’ donations. Orders can be placed here; pick-up is available starting at 5 p.m. at Gray’s Hall.
With the Coolidge Theatre still closed due to the coronavirus, the theater has put out a small guide of anti-racist films. The nine movies, all of which are from the last 10 years except for Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” act as “a powerful tool to illuminate the horrors of racism, past and present,” according to the theater.
Many people are choosing to show their support during the rallies and protests by supporting Black-owned businesses and restaurants. Boston’s Black community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, leaving the city’s Black restaurant owners facing a public health crisis and its economic fallout amid a nationwide reckoning for racial justice. To that end, we compiled an ever-growing list of 80+ Black-owned restaurants in Boston and nearby towns to consider.
This collection of 12 anti-racist titles from Brookline Booksmith isn’t comprehensive, but the independent bookseller considers the collection “a useful place to begin” in order for readers to challenge themselves to be “anti-racist every day in every way.” Books highlighted include “Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The End of Policing” by Alex S. Vitale, and “Black Skin, White Masks” by Frantz Fanon.
“At the core of our mission since opening, we’ve worked to honor the diversity of Dorchester and created our taproom as a space for people of all backgrounds to enjoy,” Dorchester Brewing Co. and its in-house restaurant M&M BBQ wrote in a recent Instagram post. To honor that mission, the brewery is donating $2 from every crowler sale through June 17 to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing for those who have been impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.
The Brighton brewpub is switching up its virtual beer dinners this week with a dinner table talk at 6 p.m. Sunday featuring John M. Borders, the founding senior pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan. Using food as a gateway — each package, available for pickup at Brato, will include dinner for two and a 32-ounce growler of beer — the virtual event will center around the fight for racial justice and equity. Tickets are $60 and include a $15 donation to Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston, which uses legal action, education, and advocacy to fight discrimination on behalf of immigrants and people of color.
As shown by the mixed (at best) response to the #BlackoutTuesday social media campaign this week, many people are unsure about how to be an effective ally. The Blac Project, an organization that fights for racial equality for the black community at the intersection of art, education and innovation, will hold a Zoom discussion at 7 p.m. Sunday on the topic. The end goal, according to the group, is to help others “use your privilege to save our lives.”