Events Across Worcester During Black History Month

 by TWIW StaffJanuary 31, 2022

WORCESTER - February marks Black History Month and the City of Worcester and partnering cultural institutions have announced several exhibits, events and virtual programming to celebrate local and national Black history all month long.

Worcester Black History Trail

Throughout the month of February, a preview of the Worcester Black History Trail will be on display at City Hall.

Full-scale replicas of the Black History Trail signs will be on exhibit. The signs are expected to be installed and unveiled this summer at historical locations across the city.

The Worcester Black History Trail is a collaboration between the City of Worcester, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Branch NAACP, and the Laurel Clayton Project, with support from Dr. Thomas L. Doughton. The goal of the Worcester Black History Trail is to document and highlight sites important to undertaking the history of people of color in Worcester.


Worcester Public Library

  • Bright Start Theater presents Black History Hall of Fame at the Goddard Branch (if in-person programming has resumed; otherwise this will be postponed)
  • Virtual program: Rhyme and Reason: A Poetic Celebration of Black History for Children (available on demand on the Worcester Public Library website during the entire month of February)
  • Black History Storytelling with the National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture - Virtual Event: Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom (registration required). Using their unique doll collection, along with engaging images and artifacts, museum storyteller Debra Britt will present a timeline illustrating a perspective of the African American experience through history.
  • Worcester Public Library - Black History Month Book Recommendations
  • African American Artists: A Virtual Tour of Works at the Worcester Art Museum - Saturday, February 19, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • The Intersection of Nipmucs and African-Americans in Worcester with Cheryll Toney Holley - Saturday, February 26, 11 AM - 12 PM

Worcester Senior Center

  • Songs of Freedom with entertainer Craig Harris will be presented Thursday, Feb. 17, from 10 AM to 11:30AM (or Thursday, Feb. 24 from 10 AM to 11:30AM if a snow date is required). Songs of Freedom (1900-today) is a multimedia musical program exploring more than a century of union organizing, war protesting, civil rights demanding, and environment protecting.
  • Movie screening of "Respect" (2021) - Friday, Feb. -25: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, "Respect" is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice


Lead image: Major Taylor statue outside of the Worcester Public Library/Patrick Sargent for

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