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We’ve created this resource page to continue to Educate & Engage each other during the Heritage & History Months our Big Sister Boston community celebrates. Please note that the list below is for 2022 and will be updated throughout 2023 to reflect current events and additional resources.

We hope to inspire both action and dialogue by sharing some of the amazing and impactful work and experiences from educators and schools; from community and partnership relationships; and, from programming and events featured on local and national educational and entertainment platforms.  

We invite our community to share and suggest your own resources or experiential learning opportunities, so we can add them and can continue to learn and grow together!  

Join the conversation: send your suggested resources to Michelle at mdixon@bigsister.org.

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 Native American Heritage Month or
American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. 

Native American Heritage Month first evolved from “American Indian Week,” which President Reagan proclaimed on the week of November 23-30, 1986. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. It was later changed to Native American Heritage month under President Barack Obama.  

The U.S. government officially recognizes 574 Indian tribes in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. Indigenous peoples are also referred to as First peoples and First nations. The term Indigenous was first, in its modern context, used by Europeans, who used it to differentiate the Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the European settlers of the Americas and from the Africans who were brought to the Americas. 

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.   

How to Support on Social Media: 

  • Advocate for Unlearn and Learn Again (Indigenous people are not monoliths) 
  • Support Indigenous-owned Businesses and Organizations 
  • Amplify Indigenous Creatives, Artists, and Creators  
  • Advocate for Change 

 

Indigenous Specific Nonprofits: 

Indigenous led nonprofits List 

Native Americans in Philanthropy — educates & lifts up Native peoples to create healthy and sustainable communities 

Return to the Heart Foundation — tackles climate justice, civic engagement, narrative change, and restorative & regenerative development 

National Congress of American Indians 

Native Wellness Institute promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors 

First Nations Women’s Alliance – mission is to strengthen Tribal communities by creating a forum for leaders to come together to address the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. provides culturally relevant services and resources and facilitating the provision of those services by others in communities. 

Additional Organizations: 

Illuminative build power for Native peoples by amplifying contemporary Native voices, stories, and issues to advance justice, equity, and self-determination 

Mass Center for Native American Awareness – preserve Native American cultural traditions; to assist Native American residents with basic needs and educational expenses; to advance public knowledge and understanding that helps dispel inaccurate information about Native Americans; and to work towards racial equality by addressing inequities across the region. 

The North American Indian Center of Boston – provide a wide range of cultural, social, educational, and professional services to Native peoples in the Commonwealth 

Reading List: 

5 books w/ indigenous futures 

28 New books 

Musuems with Native American Exhibits: 

  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts 
  • Berkshire Museum 
  • Harvard Art Museum 

Artists to Discover: 

  • Wendy Red Star 

  • Jaune-Quick-to-See-Smith 
  • Jeffrey Gibson (has a sculpture at deCordova Sculpture Park) 
  • Cara Romero 
  • Weshoyot Alvitre 

What to Watch: 

  • Medicine Woman – PBS documentary interweaving the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Trailer 
  • LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 – chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream America history since the 1960s. In this new style documentary, Brannum, the great niece of Harris, celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world. Trailer 
  • FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL: ENDING JIM CROW IN ALASKA – Ending Jim Crow in Alaska tells the story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unforeseen hero in the fight for civil rights. Elizabeth Peratrovich–a young, unassuming Tlingit Indian mother of three–testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed the floor vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War.  Trailer 
  • MANKILLER – The Documentary Film Celebrating the Life of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Trailer 
  • Smoke Signals – Young Native American man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn’t seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas can also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. Trailer 
  • Reel Injun – traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native ppl from silent film to now Trailer 
  • Atanarjuat The Fast Runner – A depiction of the Inuit people of the Canadian arctic, telling the story of a crime that ruptures the trust within a closely knit group and how justice is achieved and healing begins. Trailer 
  • Before Tomorrow – As two isolated families meet for a celebration two of their relatives wait on an island to be picked up after interaction with Westeneres. Follow a native women on her journey. Trailer 
  • Mekko – Mekko is an native American man who is released from prison. He served time for killing a cousin. Homeless, he learns that he must become a warrior to fight the “witch” preying on his people because they have lost their spirit Trailer 

Women Leaders to Learn More About: 

  • Sharice Davids (First out LGBTQIA+ Native American in Congress) 
  • Bethany Yellowtail (CEO and founder of B.Yellowtail – Native American Fashion Brand) 
  • Sarah Eagle Heart ( Founder of NAP & Return to the Heart Foundations) 
  • Suzan Shown Harajo (Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom, recovered more than 1million acres of land) 

More Resources to Honor Native American Heritage: 

  • Land acknowledgments are a simple but important way to honor the indigenous communities that were forcibly displaced 
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions about Indigenous Americans in the media and society as a whole  
  • State Resources 

 

 

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HISPANIC & LATINX HERITAGE TRIVIA

Celebrates the contributions, history, and traditions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, South, and Central America

It is celebrated on September 15th since its the anniversary for Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16th and September 18th respectively

Columbus Day or Día de la Raza falls on October 12th

Hispanic heritage week started to be celebrated in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was lengthened to 30 days under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

As of 2022, 18% of the population in the US is Hispanic or Latinx meaning there are 60 million Hispanic or Latinx people in the US

Mexicans compromised 62% of the population of Hispanic and Latinx people in the US, followed by Puerto Ricans and Cubans

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAXspOswDSI

READING LIST

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel  Garcia Marquez

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Violeta by Isabel Allende

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Finding Latinx: In search of the voices redefining Latino identity by Paola Ramos

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Child of the Dark by Maria Carolina de Jesus

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

TV & MOVIES

Selena: the Series

Jane the Virgin

One Day at a Time

Rebelde

La Casa de las Flores

Gentefied

Ugly Betty

Encanto

Coco

The Book of Life

Spanglish

Frida

The Edge of Democracy

Aquarius

Queer Eye: Brazil

BOSTON RESTAURANTS

La Neta Taqueria on Newbury St, (Mexican)

Orinoco (Venezuelan)

El Centro Mexican Bar (Mexican)

Casa Romero (Mexican)

Muqueca Restaurant (Brazilian)

La Hacienda (Mexican & Salvadoran)

El Penol (Colombian)

Vejigantes (Puerto Rican)

La Fabrica (Spanish Caribbean)

Doña Habana Restaurant (Cuban)

Merengue – check out the Big Sister Boston mural on the exterior wall! (Dominican)

Mariel (Cuban)

Lolita Mexican (Mexican)

Mi Pueblito Restaurant (Mexican & Central American)

 

 

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PRIDE

EVENTS

June 11–Boston Theater Company’s LGBTQ+  Road of Rainbows: All inclusive 5K fun run through Boston Common    https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/MA/Boston/BostonTheaterCompanysRoadofRainbows

LGBTQIA+ HISTORY AND RESOURCES

Women who shaped Boston’s LGBTQ community
http://bostonspiritmagazine.com/2020/01/celebrating-the-women-who-shaped-our-lgbtq-community-in-boston/

LGBTQ timeline of historical moments
GLSEN_LGBTQ_History_Timeline.pdf (facinghistory.org)

Support Group for Boston’s LGBTQ community
https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters/Center/6632/Boston-Alliance-of-Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-and-Transgender

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/historical-lgbt-figures-activists-culture 

Pride – HISTORY

 

SUPPORT LGBTQIA+ BUSINESSES

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/reviewed/2021/05/27/pride-month-2021-brands-giving-back-lgbtq-community/7467685002/      

https://helloalice.com/blog/lgbtq-small-business-shopping

READING LIST

Pride Month : NPR

Juneteenth

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Passing The Torch – Honoring Roxbury Homecoming Committee @Franklin Park

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeMi5Snvcqn/?hl=en

City Of Boston

https://www.boston.gov/news/celebrating-juneteenth-city-boston

King Boston Embrace Festival

https://www.embraceideasfestival.org/

The Emancipator – A Juneteenth Event

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/the-emancipator/events/

Juneteenth At The MFA

https://www.mfa.org/press-release/juneteenth-2022#:~:text=At%20the%20MFA%2C%20Juneteenth%20is,(January%2016%2C%202023).

City Of Brockton – African American Assoc Juneteenth Celebration

https://brockton.ma.us/event/african-american-association-juneteenth-celebration/

 

ALSO TAKING PLACE THIS MONTH

BAMS Fest

https://www.bamsfest.org/

Buy The Block 2 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CciJUZZO4PV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 The Colored Museum 

https://www.baystatebanner.com/bsb-event/the-colored-museum/

Life And Times Of Malcolm X 

https://www.baystatebanner.com/bsb-event/as-told-by-x-the-life-and-times-of-malcolm-x/

 

JUNETEENTH RESOURCES | ARTICLES

Articles

What Is Juneteenth – PBS (Originally published on The Root)

By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/

Juneteenth Reminds Us Just How Far We Have To Go

By Kate Musar

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/opinion/juneteenth-civil-rights.html

Black History Is American History: How Juneteenth Highlights the Necessity of Critical Race Theory and Anti-Racist Teaching

Eric Duncan – EdTrust

https://edtrust.org/the-equity-line/black-history-is-american-history-how-juneteenth-highlights-the-necessity-of-critical-race-theory-and-anti-racist-teaching/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=equityline&gclid=CjwKCAjw7vuUBhBUEiwAEdu2pCvTJ8XOe0UyI_RBG1iwI42ikh6WB0aDMdOupQL4PODvmLK0Pp4mEBoC5QAQAvD_BwE

History and Meaning of Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth Flag: What the Juneteenth Colors and Symbols Mean (rd.com)

Resources 

Boys and Girls Club Parent Guide

https://www.bgca.org/news-stories/2022/May/what-is-juneteenth-information-for-kids-and-families?gclid=CjwKCAjw7vuUBhBUEiwAEdu2pHubs9VFLxBdQZG8jQf9fE5svFefe5-l3_vc2tLiOKiFHZsd9L1TxBoCYkMQAvD_BwE

Teach For America

https://www.teachforamerica.org/celebrate-juneteenth

The Juneteenth Foundation

https://thejuneteenthfoundation.com/

Black Heritage Trail NH

https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/2021-juneteenth-celebration/?gclid=CjwKCAjw7vuUBhBUEiwAEdu2pOl2_EKCFoTQB9_7WHRDwzRlvxXBjE5hvABBAhHRHZLbBpWfqu22lBoC8ugQAvD_BwE

Videos | YouTube

Stories of Juneteenth: A Conversation with Ms. Opal Lee

https://youtu.be/JlbH5xq6w7c

King Boston: 1 Night In Boston (2021 Juneteenth Commemoration)

https://kingboston.org/one-night-in-boston-the-film/

This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America – YouTube

The Root

https://youtu.be/iu6ntwHws5g

  

 

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EVENTS

May 19 – Big Sister Boston’s Diversity Board Presents Conversations Among Women: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-among-women-unsung-sheroes-tickets-324011135027

AAPI Heritage Month Community Activities – NAAAP: https://www.naaap.org/apihm-2022/ 

The Asian American Experience: Past, Present and Future –  NAAAP ATL: https://atl.naaap.org/event/the-asian-american-experience-past-present-future-free-virtual-event/ 

Asian Representation in Literature and Cinema: https://atl.naaap.org/event/the-asian-american-experience-past-present-future-free-virtual-event/

Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans Book Talk with Dr. Jenny T. Wang, PhD: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-with-dr-jenny-wang-tickets-308360954917

READING LIST

House of Sticks – Ly Tran

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now – Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang

Asian American Dreams – Helen Zia

Minor Feelings – Cathy Park Hong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

Beautiful Country – Qian Julie Wang

Last Night At The Telegraph Club – Malindo Lo

“The Mountains Sing” – Que Mai Nguyen Phan

Somewhere Inside – Lisa and Laura Ling

ARTICLES

Angry Asian Man:  http://blog.angryasianman.com/

What A Bad Day Means to Me – Ly Tran: https://www.vogue.com/article/ly-tran-bad-day

Mochi Magazine: https://www.mochimag.com/

WEBSITE

http://www.naaap.org/events

 

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BLACK WOMEN MAKING THEIR MARK ON BOSTON TODAY

Porsha Olayiwola: https://youtu.be/cMD_–hhADI and http://www.porshaolayiwola.com/

Sheena Collier: https://www.collierconnection.com/ and https://bostonwhileblack.com/

Sarah Kamya: https://littlefreelibrary.org/why-sharing-diverse-books-in-little-free-libraries-matters/ and https://www.boston.com/culture/local-news/2020/06/13/little-free-diverse-library-project-amplify-black-voices-through-books/

Mattaya Fitts: https://www.mattayafitts.com/ and https://www.timeout.com/boston/news/7-questions-with-muralist-mattaya-fitts-102921

BLACK HISTORY BOSTON

Boston Black History Focused on Women & Youth

Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts: https://bwht.org/elma-lewis/

Women of education equality movement: https://medium.com/black-feminist-thought-2016/a-black-feminist-reimagining-of-boston-s-struggle-for-educational-equity-2d569979dcbb

Melnea Cass: https://blackwomenatbuandboston.wordpress.com/tag/melnea-cass/

Ruth Batson: https://www.boston.gov/news/black-history-boston-ruth-batson

Interview w/ Ruth Batson: http://digital.wustl.edu/e/eii/eiiweb/bat5427.0911.011ruthbatson.html

1970s school desegregation and busing: https://www.globalblackhistory.com/forgotten-history-desegregation-boston-public-schools/

and https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/the-boston-busing-crisis-was-never-intended-to-work/474264/ 

Combahee River Collective: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/combahee-river-collective-1974-1980/ and https://www.boston.gov/news/black-history-boston-combahee-river-collective

Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.: https://repository.library.northeastern.edu/collections/neu:cj82qn781

 

READING 

BPL BHM BookList 

https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/114085694_bostonpl_readersadvisory/1816477889_bostonpl_black_is_2021

Source: Boston Public Library 
Format Type: Website curated Book list/catalog  

EDUCATIONAL 

Websites

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/black-history-month-scientists

Source: Science Buddies.Org
Format Type: Interactive Website;  activities, articles & information 

http://theroot.com/  

Source: The Root
Format Type: Online Interactive Article 

Black History Month Educator Guide 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t_1eVIp8JEwavQRQRox7NYADW0usMGhWsN8bNm7HZ9U/edit?usp=sharing

Source: Kandace Sumner PhD, School Leader Boston Public Schools | DEI Consultant 
Format Type: Google Doc, Interactive resource list  

TechBoston Academy curated Black History Month Content 

TBA BHM Daily Facts 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NNjoxtusAhVWyv_hblf8Z1XRNdK6HNts7l917VukfV8/edit?usp=sharing

Source: Tech Boston Academy 6-12;  Black History Month Teacher/Staff Committee 
Format Type: Slide Deck Presentation 

TBA Black Culture Through The Arts 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OAnH6FmtmxVfzZ-IX0USutRf_8n36UJNGtOEQlPVjqo/edit?usp=sharing

Source: Tech Boston Academy 6-12;  Black History Month Teacher/Staff Committee 
Format Type: PP Slide Deck Presentation 

BLACK LIVES MATTER Action WEEK Tool Kit

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uLYFZz3h-0FqxE0K9dQ6CZgYGdkyH0O5/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102062304251787427409&rtpof=true&sd=true

Source: Boston Teachers Union – Black Lives Matter At School Committee 
Format Type: PP Slide Deck Presentation with resources | discussion guides | activities| lessons

ARTICLES

1619 Project Interactive 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

Source: New York Times Online 

FILMS |TV Programming

Boston Globe 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=boston+globe+beautiful+resistance

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/special-reports/a-beautiful-resistance/watch/

Source: Produced by Jeneé Ostherheldt for The Boston Globe 
Format Type: Youtube Video 
Website w/ Video Link 

Beyond Measure Films | King Boston 

Voices On King 2021 

https://youtu.be/H8A59zz5gAA

Source: Produced by Beyond Measure Films for KingBoston
Format Type: YouTube Video  

Voices On King 2022 

https://vimeo.com/665758196

Source: Produced by Beyond Measure Films for KingBoston 
Format Type: Vimeo Video 

Xfinity 

The Black Experience 

https://www.xfinity.com/learn/digital-cable-tv/black-experience

Source: Curated list of available content through Xfinity 

Netflix 

Black Lives Matter 

https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/81299227

Source: Curated list of available content through Netflix