Major Past Events

Alternative July 4 Kick Off and Readings: a gathering of Boston residents and public officials on the Boston Common to read "What to the Negro is the Fourth of July?" an 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass. The reading was followed by reflections on the meaning and implications of this speech in the so-called "Age of Obama." Audience members were then invited to organize their own public or private reading of the speech and offered informational resources to support them to to that. The event was co-sponsored with Mass Humanities, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Boston African American National Historic Site, MA Office of Access and Opportunity, New Bedford Historical Society and others. On July 4, readings of the speech were held in a dozen locations Boston and beyond. (June and July 2009) This event is annually and cosponsored by Mass Humanities and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

More Than Traces: Examining The Enduring Impact of Slavery: In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, CCI co-sponsored this screening of Katrina Brown's film Traces of the Trade. A discussion featuring Tim Wise, Stephanie Robinson, Katrina Browne and Donna Bivens and moderated by Charles Ogletree followed the screening. Co-sponsored with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School and the Boston African American National Historic Site. (December, 2008)

You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow: a viewing of Robin Washington's nationally acclaimed film about the freedom rides of the 1940s that tested the Supreme Court decision of "Morgan v. Virginia" that declared the segregation of interstate buses unconstitutional. At this event, attended by 300 people, hosted by the Suffolk University Law School and cosponsored by the Black Law Student Association, we also awarded Irene Morgan, Wally and Juanita Nelson, George Houser, Robin Washington and Judge Higginbotham (posthumously) with honorary Drylongso Awards (April, 2002)

We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident: an alternative Independence Day conversation with Tim Wise and Howard Zinn (July, 2005)

CCI is also the home of SURJ-Boston, an affiliate of Showing Up for Racial Justice as well as the home of the Unpacking the Knapsack Group, an initiative of CCI. To learn more about our programs, please see The Work.