Author Archives : Willard Johnson


2019 Roxbury “Juneteenth” Commemoration videos

Cover of program  Program details part 1 Program details part 2 Video footage links to UTube postings  (ignore the UTUBE video ads, they are not posted by  BPAF) Barry Gaither introduction of Senator Bill Owens https://youtu.be/yUF0pKBD50M Sen. Bill Owens speech continues https://youtu.be/kTA8_N-Pcp0  main portion of  Sen. Owens speech          


Video re AfricanStudiesAssociation racial RUPTURE issue

The African Studies Association  (ASA)  Racial  “RUPTURE” issue:  In the 1969 ASA annual conference, held in Montreal Canada that year, the African Americans and  Africans walked out, following the members’ rejection of demands from “The ASA Black Caucus” for serious improvement in the representation and recognition of Blacks in the leadership, programs and awards of […]


2018 Annual BPAF Reception for the worldwide African Diaspora Oct. 26

flyer>   BPAF-8th-Annual FALL RECEPTION pdf   text of the flyer   The BPAF Annual Fall Pan African Welcome Reception was held on Friday, October 26, 2018 “Returning to the Source: The Future of Reparations and Restorative Justice for Afrikan Enslavement”: Report to the Community Place: University of Massachusetts Boston Snowden Auditorium, Wheatley Hall, 1st […]


Mimi Jones honored at Celtics game Feb 2nd

Mimi Jones, a BPAF Board member, a long time Roxbury resident activist and community builder, a  founder and  leader of the “Friends of the Library” organization for the Dudley Sq. Branch of the Boston Public Library, and a Boston Historical Society member, was honored as A Hero Among Us, by the Boston Celtics at the […]


Film regarding the St. Augustine, FL Civil Rights Movement

  Following are links to information about recent screenings of the documentary, “Passage at St. Augustine.” The date for the screening in the Rabb Auditorium at the main library at Copley Square, was on January 9th.  This film, on one of the most important episodes of the Civil Rights movement during the  60s, includes  the role of, and an […]


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PAST Program: Pan-Africanism in the age of Trump

Feb.4th, 11:30am<>2;30pm at Dudley Branch Library  (65 Warren St., Roxbury) PAN-AFRICANISM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR THE 21st CENTURY          A Community Forum and Discussion Presented by Boston Pan African Forum (BPAF) Moderator: Dr. Pearl Robinson, Tufts University Panelists will Include: Dr. Jemadari Kamara, Professor, UMass/Boston Ms. Mari Gashaw, Cambridge Black Lives […]


VIDEO now available for 2016 Reception for the African Diaspora

Boston Pan-Africa Forum 2016 Reception   for the African World-Wide Diaspora (held Oct. 21st  2016, at U. Mass. Boston) Former U.S. Ambassador Walter Carrington, and Wheelock College visiting scholar from Brazil, Prof. Andrea Lisboa DeSousa, speak about the history and relevance of Pan-Africanism and African connections for US populations and for Brazilian populations. Welcome and introductions […]


Previous Program : REPARATIONS — a report on progress, or not, towards it

The Boston Pan-African Forum  hosted a community discussion and report back on the historic conference on Reparations held at the University of Edinburg, UK in November 2015. Presentations were made by conference participants– U Mass-Boston Professors Jemadari Kamara and Robert Johnson, Wheelock College Professor  Joyce Hope Scott , and former MA State Senator Bill Owens. It […]