Join us for a brief overview of the history of this holiday and why we celebrate it with Hingham High School history teacher Ben Loucheim. We’ll also include ways to celebrate and honor this day. This holiday recognizes the ending of slavery in the United States 155 years ago.
A peaceful vigil to stand in support of Black lives sponsored by the Hingham Unity Council. -An 8 minute and 46 second silence will be observed starting at 6:51 pm in memory of George Floyd and all Black lives lost to systemic racial injustice in our country. Church bells will be rung to mark the start and finish of this silence, after which the vigil will be concluded and we ask that you disperse. -Volunteers will be enforcing social distancing. Please wear a mask AND stay six feet apart from non-household members. We ask that you be respectful of our volunteers who are there to help keep everyone safe. You may not feel vulnerable to this disease but others in our community do and we want to respect that and keep everyone safe. -Parking will be available on Main St, Water St. or behind Old Ship Parish House and in the Station Street parking lot but not at St John’s so that we may maximize use of that property for social distancing. -We have invited the Hingham Police to this event. The Police Chief supports the need for change and the rights of people to peacefully gather and voice that need. He will be in attendance showing his support. The Hingham police support the statements made by the International Police Chiefs and the Mass Chief of Police and believe the death of George Floyd should not have happened and officers need to be held accountable when laws are broken. -Please bring your mask, a light or candle and feel free to bring paper or poster board signs as well (no wood please).
The Hingham Unity Council is excited to promote the ArtsEmerson presentation of Mr. Joy, a play that explores issues of race and class in America to help us find our common humanity, being brought to Hingham High on March 12 at 7 pm by Hingham METCO. The students will also being seeing this powerful one-person play. The evening performance is free and open to the public.
Sunday, January 19 at 4 pm
Place: The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Cohasset Common
This FREE concert (donations welcome) is part of Cohasset’s MLK weekend celebration! Supported by the Cohasset Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is being presented by the Cohasset Diversity Committee and First Parish Unitarian Church.
Martin Luther King Day breakfast featuring Boston Globe Columnist Adrian Walker. This event is sponsored by the South Shore Unity Council.
February 5, 2020: Author Event – Jared Hardesty, Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to enslave the area’s indigenous peoples and import kidnapped Africans. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4% of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and had shaped its cultural traditions. Slavery existed in Hingham and its neighboring towns. In this concise yet comprehensive history, historian Jared Ross Hardesty focuses on the individual stories of enslaved people in New England, bringing their experiences to life. He also explores the importance of slavery to the colonization of the region and to agriculture and industry, New England’s deep connections to Caribbean plantation societies, and the significance of emancipation movements in the era of the American Revolution.