As we continue to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a series of events will take place in Boston this fall to celebrate David Walker. They include:
· A Remembrance March with a New Orleans-style jazz band organized by musician and activist Reebee Garofalo on October 27. The band will march through the area of Beacon Hill where many African Americans, including Walker, lived in the 1820’s with presentations en route at sites of particular significance in his life.
· A series of readings of Walker’s seminal work, “Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World”, organized under the auspices of The Beacon Hill Scholars at the African Meeting House on Joy Street. The readings – every Wednesday at 5.30 p.m. from September 11 through October 16 – will be led by women of African descent, including L’Merchie Frazier, Beverly Hector-Smith, Pearl Hines, Beverly Morgan-Welch, Diana Parcon, Bernadette Williams, and Loretta Williams. To register for any of the readings, please contact Horace Seldon at: Horace@horaceseldon.com.
· A discussion panel on David Walker at Roxbury Community College on October 29. Topics will include Walker’s seminal role in the abolitionist movement, the significance of “The Appeal”, and how Walker typifies the “hidden history” of Massachusetts. Among the panelists will be historian Peter Hinks, author of To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren: David Walker and the Problem of Antebellum Slave Resistance. There will also be a review of the genesis and the goals of The David Walker Memorial Project (DWMP). For more details, please contact Kevin Aylmer at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The premiere of Raising David Walker, a stage play by award-winning Boston playwright Peter Snoad, at Hibernian Hall, a multicultural arts center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Set in Boston in 1979, the play tells the story of a young Black woman whose exposure to Walker and his writings propels her on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Performances will take place on October 24 & 25 at 7:30pm, and 26 & 27 at 4:30pm (tickets will be available at www.hibernianhall.org.) Peter, who is also active in the DWMP, is Visiting Playwright at Hibernian Hall for 2013/14. More information at: www.petersnoad.com.