Blacks in Boston Conference

Blacks in Boston

"Black Bostonians and the Media"

Friday, April 6, 2018
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
10:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Blacks in Boston is a conference series conceived of by former Boston College Black Studies Director Amanda V. Houston. Held in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2000, and 2016, these conferences addressed subjects such as blacks in metropolitan Boston, the struggle for equal education, the relationships between Irish and black Bostonians, and the role of immigrants of African descent in the development and evolution of Boston’s black communities.

The 2018 theme is designed to encourage an examination of the media and Boston’s black communities from historical, contemporary, and prospective angles. At a time when the media as foundational sources of information are being buffeted by ideological and political assaults, new economic realities, and rapid technological change, it is important that we examine the effect of these changes on both traditional and cutting-edge forms of news delivery and the consequences for black Bostonians.

This year's speakers include:

Jamarhl Crawford, Editor and Publisher, Blackstonian

Callie Crossley, Host and Commentator,WGBH

Kimberly Foster, Cultural Critic and Editor-in-Chief, For Harriet

Renee Graham, Associate Editor and Columnist, Boston Globe

Martin Henson, Activist,Black Lives Matter Boston

Yawu Miller, Senior Editor, Bay State Banner


The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. 

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