Hidden History of Black Boston - Live Online Class


The story of Boston is incomplete without the world of Afro-Bostonians. African lives and anti-blackness are woven into important events from colonial times, through the abolitionist movement to civil rights and black lives matters. With stories stretching from the 1630s to the 2010s, learn how these themes connect to the wider world as Boston went from a violent colonial hub to the modern city we know today.


Unit 1 Jan. 9th at 8pm: Black Resistance & the Colony $40 (10% discount price through kwanzaa; requires a facebook account)


UNIT 1: Black Resistance & the Colony



UNIT 2: Commonwealth,  Union & Negrotown


UNIT 3: Souls & Migrations of Black Folks


Unit 4: Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

There has never been a Boston without Black folks.  And there were, of course, Black folks before there ever was a Boston.  So. Where is our missing, erased & falsified history (Ourstory)?  And how do we fetch it & rebuild it?
— Historian, Joel Mackall

Course Overview

   In four units of 4 classes each (16 total classes) we introduce students to the past and present experiences of African-descended peoples in Africa, the Americas & specifically the city of Boston (1441-1700).

This course will use ‘local Black history’ to stimulate critical and pro-active thinking.  We will deepen understanding of Black Boston’s hidden lives with literature and research, video, music, photography, artwork and (virtual) field trips.

From in a closed facebook group (website), members will participate LIVE.  Students will have access to class video replays, links to all resources and shared discussion/connection to other students; all with 24x7 on-line access. 

Students will be encouraged to draw connections between different information we discuss, s well as draw out the important ideas that will help our practices of healthy community and deep leadership in the future.

Young adults to Elders strongly encouraged to enroll (program credits also available).

"You don't know Beans about Boston!" ~famous Faneuil Hall tourist card

"You don't know Beans about Boston!" ~famous Faneuil Hall tourist card

Class Curriculum (each Unit is 4 classes)

Unit 1: Black Resistance & the Colony 1630s-1790s 

     Live on Facebook @8pm: Jan. 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th

Unit 2: Commonwealth, Union & Negrotown - 1800s-1880s

Unit 3: Souls & Migrations of Black Folks - 1890s-1950s

Unit 4: Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter - 1960s-2018 

About Your Instructor

    Bro. Joel Mackall is an award winning Educator & Project Developer with the ReIdren Business Group based in Roxbury MA.  He was the co-founder of the SOS Living Museum, the Hidden History of Black Boston Tours, the Nubian Writer's Group and is a self-published author.  He has also served as secretary of the Cameroonians of Lowell Association, as an officer on the Warren Gardens Housing Cooperative board, on the advisory council of the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity and as a technology chairperson with the Black Community Information Center. 

    Bro. Joel presented "Excellence AND Culture: Operating Your Cooperative Better, Simpler and Truer" at the National Association of Housing Cooperatives Annual Conference in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and "Why Do We Black Folks Hate On Each Other?" at the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations' Ancient Egyptian Studies Conference in Newark, NJ.  He has led/facilitated numerous professional workshops in Greater Boston on topics including genealogy, African & world history , business design and technology at the Freedom House, Mother Caroline Academy, Warren Gardens, Roxbury Multi-Service Center, Roxbury Community College, Emerson College, Lesley College, South Bay House of Correction, almost all of the BPL neighborhood branches and Walden Square Technology Center (north Cambridge), in both English and Spanish. To learn more/contact Joel at cell# below or drop a message in the form.

                Bro. Joel Mackall

                Bro. Joel Mackall


Want to sign-up for a once-in-a-lifetime class that ties local history to the world & back to YOU and US?


Unit 1: Black Resistance & the Colony $40 (10% discount price through kwanzaa)