The Study of Black Culture
The William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture was founded at UMass Boston in 1984 to address the needs and concerns of the black community and communities of color in Boston and Massachusetts through research, technical assistance, and public service.
The institute sponsors public forums and publishes the Trotter Review, a journal of articles addressing current black studies, race, and race relations in the United States and abroad. The institute also publishes research reports and occasional papers on a broad range of topics in the areas of education, employment and training, public health, economic and community development, as well as race relations.
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What Should An MLK Memorial In Boston Look Like?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. To honor the legacy of the civil rights activist and his wife, Coretta Scott King, and their connection to Boston, the city is requesting submissions for a new memorial.
Publications/In the Media
The Birth of a Movement, 2018 NAACP Image Award Nominee.
William Monroe Trotter Institute, is delighted to announce that Birth of a Movement is nominated for a 2018 NAACP Image award.
Rum River: A Tale of Mixed New England Heritage
Event Date: October 21, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108
The Life and Times of Phillis Wheatley
Barbara Lewis talked about the time in which poet Phillis Wheatley lived.
A Historical Overview of Poverty Among Blacks in Boston
Read the Hayden Report
The Living Archive: African American Poetry Panel #2
Read Dr. Barbara Lewis remarks regarding Black Poetry in the 21st Century
The Living Archive: African American Poetry Panel #1
The Living Archive: African American Poetry Panel #1: Blackness in the 21st Century Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m.
Call For Papers: Black Millennials
For its 2017 issue, the Trotter Review invites papers that profile and examine the Africa-descended cohort of millennials.
Basic Black Program: Black Art and Audiences
A program on the arts in the African American community.
Report on Black Lives in MA urges local community action
Trotter Institute Director Barbara Lewis cites a demographic turnaround.
The Black Comparative Experience in Mass. 2015 Final Report
This comparative research report highlights of African Americans Asian Americans, European Americans, and Latino Americans.
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Support the Black community and communities of color in Boston and Massachusetts through research, technical assistance, and public service through a gift to the Trotter Institute.