William Monroe Trotter Institute

The Study of Black Culture

In the Media

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  • Kimono controversy erupts anew at MFA panel ›

    The Boston Globe, February 08, 2016

    At the public forum “Kimono Wednesdays: A Conversation” at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, connected the MFA’s kimono dress-up program to the history of minstrelsy and blackface.
  • MFA Director On Kimono Controversy: ‘I Think That Was Misguided And Apologize’ ›

    The ARTery, February 08, 2016

    At the public forum “Kimono Wednesdays: A Conversation” at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, connected the MFA’s kimono dress-up program to the history of minstrelsy and blackface.
  • Report on black lives in MA urges local community action on inequality ›

    Bay State Banner, January 07, 2016

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture at UMass Boston, co-authored a new study which finds that "striking, persistent racial inequalities" still exist in Massachusetts.
  • From Pail to Parlor: Hitting it out of the Park ›

    Mass Humanities, October 19, 2015

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, wrote this article on Harriet Tubman and Viola Davis.
  • Mr. Joy and the Politics of Art ›

    Basic Black, October 19, 2015

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, discusses Mr. Joy, currently on stage at ArtsEmerson, the politics of art, and representing communities of color on stage.
  • Boston Police, Fire departments lag behind in diversity ›

    The Boston Globe, April 14, 2015

    Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, comments on a Walsh administration report that found Boston police and fire departments are the least racially diverse Boston city agencies. “It's a major challenge," she said.
  • From tension and hostility to an era of more interracial peace ›

    The Boston Globe, January 16, 2015

    Kenneth J. Cooper, editor of UMass Boston's Trotter Review, profiles Boston State College alumnus Mel King '52, a Boston mayoral finalist in 1983 and state representative from 1973 to 1982, and other individuals who have worked for equality in Boston.
  • Black Native Americans beginning to assert identity ›

    Bay State Banner, December 30, 2014

    Kenneth J. Cooper, editor of UMass Boston's Trotter Review, talks to Cedric J. Woods, director of the university's Institute for New England Native American Studies, about the challenges of tracing Native American lineage.
  • For African-Americans, Determining Native American Ancestry Often a Challenge ›

    Diverse Education, November 23, 2014

    Kenneth J. Cooper, editor of UMass Boston's Trotter Review, talks to Cedric J. Woods, director of the university's Institute for New England Native American Studies, about the challenges of tracing Native American lineage.
  • The changing face of citizenship ›

    The Boston Globe, March 24, 2014

    With a wave of new immigrants fueling rapid growth in Massachusetts' black population, Barbara Lewis, director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture, says there is a opportunity for these new Americans to form an influential political coalition.
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