Histories of racism and anti-racism in Newton

Searching for the promised land: The great migration

Between 1915 and 1970 almost 7 million African Americans fled the U.S. South for northern and western cities and, in the process, transformed the country. Following the routes and roadblocks of Black migrants, this talk by Davarian Baldwin, author and professor at Trinity College, describes the hopes and limits of the American Dream for us all, with special ties to Newton's history.

Watch this riveting presentation, co-sponsored by Newton Free Library and Historic Newton, here

the civil rights movement in newton

Katherine Jones was the first African American member of the Newton School Committee in 1978, and the founder of METCO. In 1961, she and her husband bought a home in Newton, where "despite Fair Housing legislation passed by Massachusetts in 1957, only two realtors were willing to show housing to African Americans."

Read this fascinating history here