Hidden in plain sight, New England is overflowing with rich, diverse African-American and African diaspora cultural traditions and history. Select from a multitude of in-person and virtual exhibits on African-American and African diaspora art, movement, song, history to bring yourself, a partner, or the entire family to explore, experience, and engage.
You will not be alone. World of Wellesley Ambassadors will be available to meet up at a few venues to bring a collective together to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of the wealth of African-American and African diaspora history accessible in our local cultural institutions.
The World of Wellesley Juneteenth Challenges runs from June 19th – August 19th 2021. However, we encourage you to explore the available cultural exhibits throughout the year.
We ask that as you peruse the offerings that you may ponder three questions:
1) What did you SEE?
2) What did you THINK?
3) What did you WONDER?
Then, tell us about it. Create a Juneteenth art piece, share a selfie from your Juneteenth event, or email us with your favorite reflections on the above three questions. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will highlight it on our World of Wellesley Website.
The World of Wellesley and Wellesley Chinese Language School remain vigilant in raising awareness and combating increased racism, violence and discrimination faced by Asians since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This discussion features three expert presentations along with a Q&A, community discussion.
Jennifer Nwachukwu, Council, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and
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The Wellesley Multicultural Festival (WMCF) is a town-wide, annual event, organized in partnership with Wellesley Public Schools which raises important questions for citizens, public administrators, and political leaders by asking for recognition of and respect for cultural differences. Every year the community engages in a growth mindset by organizing and participating this event. Growing and learning in a multicultural, brave and safe space-environment yields (in particular for K-12th grade children) a greater understanding of others’ beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. With this knowledge of others, the Wellesley community experiences and practices higher levels of interpersonal and social skills and through understanding various cultures and social groups, students are able to make connections from their own lives to the lives of their peers and thrive in a diverse world. The Wellesley Multicultural Festival is town-wide, free registration and remains inclusive of all Wellesley residents- multi-heritage and multigenerational. The WMCF is in keeping with the core values of Wellesley Public Schools and the World of Wellesley.
5:30 PM Christina Horner Co-President of WOW – Welcome and introduction
Tier I 5:45-6:15 PM
Breakout room: Chinese is easy to learn- Haihong
Chinese is easy to learn especially for Pre-K children, through song! Join this session to experience it! Parents please join in.
Breakout room: Palestine – Anais
Learn about Palestine. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents
Breakout room: Brazil – Nathalie
Learn about Brazil. Appropriate for K-5 students and parents
Breakout room: Wellesley Middle School Chinese Class- Min
Presentations and games about Chinese culture and Chinese Yo yo demonstration! Appropriate for K-5 students with parents and 6-8th graders.
Breakout room: Brazil – Rose
Share Brazilian culture and sing a song in Portuguese for Pre-K with parents
Breakout room: Celebrate Holi the festival of colors from India – Priya
Holi is a popular festival known as the “festival of colors” from India, is celebrated annually welcoming the spring season and signifies the triumph of good over evil. Come hear a story read in rhyme about how the festival came to be and its cultural significance. Great for K-8 students with parents.
Breakout room: Korean story and song – Stella
Read a story and sing a song in Korean. Appropriate for Pre-K and K-5 students with parents
Breakout room: Poetry analysis: the old South and its historical malinvestment in labor – Henri
Analyze an original poem and discuss its take on historical missteps, systems and strategies of the old South. Appropriate for 9-12th graders and adults
Breakout room: Presentation by 3rd grader – Vanda
Norouz- Iranian/Persians New Year Celebrations. Appropriate for K-8 graders, all ages are welcome
Tier II 6:15-6:45 PM
Breakout room: Bollywood Dance – Rajini and Priya
Music and dance are integral to South Asian culture, celebrations and festivals such as Holi- the festival of colors. Bollywood (India’s Hollywood) has many group-dances, Holi songs! Come dance with us and bring any questions you may have! Appropriate for all ages.
Breakout room: Indigenous Hip Hop Fest – Christina
Music is international! Join our music video party, and learn about the life, joys and struggles of various different Indigenous nations through some of hip hop’s leading Indigenous artists. Appropriate for all ages.
Breakout room: African Safari – Grieta
What’s on Safari? Join this session to find out!
Breakout room: Chinese Yo yo – Ceida
Watch a video of Wellesley students Yo yo and bring your questions! Appropriate for K-5 and parents. All ages welcome.
Breakout room: The everyday life of Russian serfs – Elena and Arina
During this presentation, you’ll find out what was the most important object in the house, why the diet of serfs was not the healthiest one, which things a person had to do in order to be considered accomplished and hear about other aspects of everyday life of Russian serfs. Appropriate for all ages.
Breakout room: Poetry Reading and Discussion – Tanya
Read and discuss “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes and “Where The Mind Is Without Fear” by Rabindranath Tagore.
Tier III 6:45-7:15 PM
Breakout room: Field trip to the Temple of Heaven, China – Julianna
Come see this ancient Temple and the science behind the building as well as experience the culture and the faith. Appropriate for all ages.
Breakout room: Spanish Kahoot – Teresa
Learn about Spain with a fun game of Kahoot with Teresa
Breakout room: Abilities Dance Boston – Ellice
Watch a dance program and discuss its cultural significance
Breakout room: Korean culture- Wellesley High School Korean Club
Find out what you don’t know about Korean tradition, food, holidays, school, traditional instruments and more! Appropriate for all ages.
Breakout room: NATyA Dance Collective: Poseidon, Earth Shaker – Smitha
NATyA Dance Collective presents Poseidon: Earth Shaker- a piece that narrates the story of the Greek god of the sea through the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. NATyA presents Bharatanatyam to diverse audiences by leveraging original choreography, storytelling, and innovative music. Appropriate for all ages.
Attend our author event for our Community Book Read: When Getting Along Is Not Enough, Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships by Dr. Maureen Walker. Race is a powerful, societal qualifier and by reading this book you will discover how Dr. Walker provides ways by which to enter into discussions about race and race relations.
Everyone is welcome—even is you haven’t read the book. Dr. Walker will speak to her vast experience, reflection, and research on race relations and invite you into conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Walker and to reflect on ways for transforming fear into courage and for building relationships and connections to others.
Are you uncomfortable talking about race? You are not alone. Dr. Maureen Walker, a licensed psychologist, educator and writer understands the complexity of race relations and inspires her audience to bridge the cultural differences of race, religion, gender and other social status markers.
As a former Wellesley resident Dr. Walker understands the challenge of addressing race in predominantly white community. Dr. Walker, a highly trained facilitator, provides a safe and engaging environment for her audience to enter into conversation about race and race relations.
For more information on Dr. Walker, go to: https://maureenwalker.com/speaker-and-educator/
Support Local Independent bookstores: Wellesley Books has this title in stock. For curb-side pick-up or to have the book shipped directly to your home, visit https://www.wellesleybooks.com or call 781-431-1160. Hours for in-store shopping: Monday–Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM.
This free webinar is generously co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library Foundation and World of Wellesley.
Through the lens of Philadelphia-based photojournalist Kriston Jae Bethel, gain a better understanding of the driving forces behind the Black Lives Matters movement, including issues of criminal justice, economic inequality and urban development. In addition to looking at social problems, examine the solutions that are being enacted to help solve them. This moderated talk will use his photos from diverse stories to spark a deeper conversation on what it means to be Black in America.
In 2020, Kriston joined American Reportage, a collective of photojournalists that specialize in telling stories about communities across the United States. That same year, he also joined Diversify Photo, a group of BIPOC and non-Western visual creators helping to diversify media outlets.
He also works with Resolve Philly, an industry-leading reporting collaborative between newsrooms across Philadelphia, that strives to lift up community voices in the region. With its partner organizations, he’s produced visuals for solutions stories that go beyond the problems we see in headlines to examine how they might be solved.
Join this community forum aimed at 1) developing a shared understanding of the historical context of anti-Chinese discrimination in the US, and 2) gain information, resources and support for community members who became the target of racism and xenophobia. This event is sponsored by the Wellesley Chinese Language School, the Wellesley Chinese American Network (WECAN), and World of Wellesley (WOW).
Students in Grades 8-12 will engage in a text-based discussion focused on recognizing and combating racism not only in their communities, but also within themselves. The ultimate goal of the session is to commit to Good Trouble by continuing the conversation beyond the Dr. King holiday and committing to meaningful action beyond the day.
The Good Trouble: Book Groups will be facilitated by Wellesley Public School Students and focus on a short piece from chapter thirteen of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer.” Find a PDF online or access images of the reading in a document here: Ch.13 of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer”- WoW MLK Day Book Group Discussion Piece.
Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.
Join us for a virtual interactive art workshop for students in Grades K-7. Student art will be displayed at the Wellesley Public Library. More details coming soon.
Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.
This virtual event is designed for children and families of all ages to listen together to Vitamin D and Me, an amazing story of how and why human beings have different color skin tones. From dark brown to light, human beings and our evolution have an amazing story to tell and it’s all here to learn and share. This engagement encourages open conversation and questions after the story that will give families jumping oﬀ points for later conversations.
Author Michelle Chalmers will read her book on Zoom and engage in answering questions of the participants.
Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.
Join in a community multi-generational and multi-racial discussion where you are invited to engage in small and large groups for brave conversations about Dr. King’s speech, “The Other America,” and its relevance to the challenges we all continue to face today. Most importantly, we will discuss actions we can individually and collectively do to bring about change. Wellesley Public School students will co-facilitate the discussion.
Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.