Thursday | September 28 | 2017
BOS | 6:00pm | 81 Joy St. | Beacon Hill
Join us for an evening of history, poetry and music.
The program is a poetic and musical dedication to the
unwavering persistence shared in three literary giants: Maria Stewart (1803-1879), David Walker
(c.1797-1830) and Samuel Allen (1917-2015).
Maria Stewart was the first woman to
speak to a mixed-gender audience in public. David Walker wrote and published An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the
World. As orators and publishers,
both contributed to the African American literary canon. Maria Stewart and
David Walker were good friends and neighbors on Joy Street. After David died, Maria often quoted him and
his efforts to unite black people.
Samuel Allen, whose pen name was Paul Vesey, began his
literary career in Europe where he was a contemporary of Richard Wright and
James Baldwin. First recognized in
Europe in the late 1940s and early 1950s, his reputation spread to the U.S. in
the 1960s. His poetry books include Ivory Tusks and Other Poems and Paul Vesey’s Ledger. Allen served on the Board of the Museum of
African American History for over ten years.
L’Merchie Frazier, Director of Education, Museum of African
American History will provide historical context. Castle of Our Skins musicians will perform
the work of black composers including String Quartets by Coleridge-Taylor
Perkinson. Spoken word artist, Regie Gibson, will recite original poetry and
select readings from the pens of Stewart, Walker and Allen.
6:00 pm Maria Stewart and David Walker
History Talk by L'Merchie Frazier, Director of Education & Interpretation, Museum of African American History
81 Joy Street,
6:15 pm Reception
House, 46 Joy Street
7:00 pm The Music of Black Composers, Castle of Our
Tribute to Black Orators, Regie Gibson
African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street
This program is made possible with support from the National Parks of Boston "Art on the Trails to Freedom" initiative, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.