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NUBIAN SQUARE not Dudley. The rename petition. An idea whose time has come.

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August 20, 2016

Re: A Petition To Change The Name Of Dudley Square To “NUBIAN SQUARE”

Boston is often promoted as having a small abolition community during slavery. However, what is not widely known is the fact that slavery was heavily practiced here in this city at that time. This resulted in the naming of numerous streets in honor of notorious slave owners. Examples of this are Warren Street, Dudley Street, Codman Square, etc. In the last couple of decades, the Black Community Information Center Inc. has taken a leading role in combatting this hypocrisy by having the former Washington Park and New Dudley Street renamed “Malcolm X Park” and “Malcolm X Boulevard” respectively. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg as many contradictory symbols remain in the Afrikan/Black community in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. A clear example would be Dudley Square in Roxbury, which is named after a family of major slave owners.

Our goal is to have Dudley Station renamed “NUBIAN STATION,” a name that would reflect the culture and heritage (Afrikan/Black) of the people who live in the surrounding community. We will officially launch the name change petition at the tribute for A Nubian Notion on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Mass.

We are calling on our community to be soldiers and collect the necessary petition signatures. Petition forms will be available for signing at the tribute and there will be copies of the petition available to those who wish to help us collect signatures in the community. If you are unable to attend the tribute on Sunday, you can pick up a copy of the petition at A Nubian Notion, Inc. at 41 Warren Street or at the NAACP/Boston office located in the Washington Park Mall at 330 Martin Luther King Boulevard. (You may also click here to view and print copies of the petition). The deadline for petition signature collection and submission is Friday, September 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Full community participation in this important effort is urged.

For further information, call 617-427-2522 or go to

Sadiki Kambon, Director
Black Community Information Center, Inc.

Written by aboutblackboston

August 23, 2016 at 1:42 pm

With high crime perceptions on background, here are the plans for the upcoming Dudley Square Memorial Day on May 11th.

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ROXBURY, MA. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, please join Common Thread Dudley Square and the Dudley Square community for a day of activities at Dudley Square Memory Day. Events include a history scavenger hunt, memory and photograph archiving, and a celebration of Dudley Square’s revitalization. All events will be held at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street) in Roxbury from 11am-4pm.

Nicole Flynt Thomas, Community Connector of Common Thread Dudley Square Coalition says, “Dudley Square’s history is cross-generational. The residents of our community show great pride in our history and Dudley Square Memory Day is all about uncovering the historic treasures of our neighborhood.”

From 12pm-2pm, the community can take part in Discover Roxbury’s interactive Scavenger Hunt, (check-in begins at 11am in Hibernian Hall). The scavenger hunt is designed for all ages and guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone. Participants will have a chance to celebrate the diversity of Roxbury’s history, arts and culture, and compete in teams for fun and prizes.

Join us from 11am-3pm in Hibernian Hall for a “Memory Day” with a chance to share your old photos and documents about life in Roxbury. All past and present Roxbury residents are asked to bring photos and other documents to be scanned and archived by UMass Boston and are invited to participate in brief video interviews about the history of Dudley Square.

At 3pm we celebrate the day’s activities with Representative Byron Rushing. Join your friends and neighbors at Hibernian Hall for music, refreshments, and visions for the future of Dudley Square. Byron Rushing will present prizes to the scavenger hunt winners.

Common Thread Dudley Square

Located in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square, Common Thread Dudley Square works transparently with all stakeholders to reclaim Dudley Square as an evening destination by coordinating cultural activities and events.  CTDS stimulates economic growth with a focus on existing assets. By unveiling its true beauty, celebrating its wealth of history and preserving its culture and unique community, CTDS will help improve the public’s perception of Dudley Square.

Common Thread Dudley Square Coalition is made up of the following organizations in the Dudley Square area:

Boston Ten Point Coalition
Black Ministerial Alliance of Boston
Boston Police, Precinct B2
Gallery Mus!ka Vanhu
Haley House Bakery Cafe
Historic Boston Incorporated
Madison Park Development Corporation
Touch 106.1 FM (Media Sponsor)

For more information, please contact Nicole Flynt Thomas at 617-637-6382.

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Written by aboutblackboston

May 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

BULLETin – Madison Dev Corp + Rox community rally around Dudley Sq bus shooting. 3/5 at 5:30

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ROXBURY, MA. A public vigil will be held tonight, March 5th at 5:30PM at the Dudley Square Bus Station in response to last week’s fatal shooting.

On February 28th at approximately 9:50PM, a young man was shot to death on a Dudley Station platform. Today’s vigil will send the message that the Dudley Square/Roxbury community will not tolerate acts of violence.

Organized by a coalition of Roxbury residents, city agencies, public safety officials, Madison Park Development Corporation and city of Boston’s Violence Intervention and Prevention program, the vigil is a forum for people to publicly voice commitment to keeping Roxbury a safe, healthy, and vibrant community.

Who: Roxbury residents, leaders and members of local community developments, public health organizations, public safety representatives, and youth based organizations.

What: A Call for Peace and a Call to Action. Roxbury residents and community partners will lead a vigil in Dudley Square in front of Citizens Bank, across from Dudley Station where the murder took place.

Speakers will offer words of advice, inspiration, and a call for peace. Information on trauma response and public safety issues will be available to the public. Following the vigil, organizers and participants will then meet at Madison Park Development Corporation (184 Dudley Street) to discuss further means of staying actively involved in this call of action.

When: The vigil will take place Tuesday March 5th at 5:30pm Visuals: Dozens of diverse community residents convening with signs, and handing out information urging passengers to carry this message of peace to their community.

Madison Park Development Corporation Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) was founded in 1966 when a group of community activists said no to the threatened destruction of their neighborhood.

Over the past 46 years, MPDC has become a champion in revitalizing Lower Roxbury and saying yes to resident-led development and community empowerment.

MPDC’s mission is to create quality, mixed-income housing, and to promote the renaissance of Dudley Square as a thriving neighborhood business district, recognized as a center of commerce and culture.

For more information, please contact Stanley Dominique at 617-849-6236.

Written by aboutblackboston

March 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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