The mission of the Black Community Information Center, Incorporated is to improve the quality of life for Afrikan/Black people by making pertinent and relevant information accessible.
The home offices of the B.C.I.C. is located at Imani House at 516 Warren Street in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA . It houses nine affordable housing units for formerly homeless individuals. Local organizations and groups may and utilized the community conference room to hold meetings. Groups and organzations interested in the use of the community conference room can call: 617-427-2522 for more info.
History of the Black Community Information Center, Inc. (BCIC)
In 1979, thirteen African-American women were murdered in Boston in a series of related acts of violence. The shock of these violent crimes galvanized community residents to form the Community for Human Rights, an all volunteer organization dedicated to addressing the growing number of violent crimes being committed throughout the Greater Roxbury community. There was a mandate to educate residents about effective crime prevention techniques, administering neighborhood security patrols and the establishment of a telephone Hot Line. It provided referral and monitoring services that the Afrikan/Black community utilized to report suspected criminal activity. These were among the many types of strategies utilized by the Community for Human Rights which later evolved into the B.C.I.C.
Founded in 1981, B.C.I.C. Inc. is a non-profit organization servicing the Greater Boston Afrikan/Black community.
B.C.I.C. Programs and Services
The Ujima Collective
Is a collaboration of organizations whose individuals are committed to the liberation struggle and overall improvement of the quality of life for people of Afrikan decent. Working together, the Ujima Collective work to bring cultural enriched programs.
Drum Beat – Radio Show (WRBB 104.9FM listen live)
Established in 1982, the Drum Beat radio show airs on WRBB, Sundays at 10:00.a.m to provide a forum for discussing pertinent, controversial and important black issues. In addition to provide information on local programs and services on housing, child care, business and city and state program and services.
Drumbeat TV show (BNN local access)
Another media format using guest interviews and community call-ins to provide coverage of important issues for our community. Announcement of the show’s date and time is forthcoming.
Community Kwanzaa (Dec 26-Jan1)
Community Kwanzaa began in 1976. Celebrated annuallly through out Boston’s Black community, over twenty community organizations come together to provide free community Kwanzaa events for each day of the week long celebrations. Over the seven days of Kwanzaa celebrations at least two thousand cummunity residents come together in love and respect to acknowledge our history and culture. Current and past community organzations include: Smith Leadership Academy Charter School; Stajez Dance Company; Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus; Roxbury Action Program; NAACP Young Adults; Young Professional Network / Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; Nation of Islam; Origination Inc.; Association of Black Social Workders; Pyramid Builders; Roxbury Community Colege Student Association; Roxbury Community College Alumni Association; Roxbury Community College; Historic Boston Equal Rights League; National Black Alliance; United Negro College Fund; Jah Jah Drummers; Louis Brown Peace Institute; Osiris Group; Askia Academy; Art of Black Dane & Music; Womens Circle of Color; Veteran’s Benefits Clearinghouse; Human Resource Development Institute of Massachusett; Sisters on the Move.
For the official Kwanzaa website click on: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml
Groups and Organzations interesed in becoming a sponsor and/or interested in a Kwanzaa Workshop contact BCIC at: 617-427-2522
Annual Malcolm X Memorial & Awards Breakfast
This premier annual event was established in 1987 and takes place in May on or near the birthday of Malcolm X (May 19). Some of our distingish and notable speakers have included: Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, Author, Historian, Activist; Ella Little, sister of Malcolm X in 1997; LLyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X in 2009; Lester Strong, News Anchor, WHDH-TV in 1991, Omekongo Dibinga, Activist, Poet, Motivational Speaker in 2007.
Nubian Youth Sports & Technology Federation
The Nubian Youth Sports & Technology Federation unites 8 community technology centers, 7 major youth athletic and development organizations and Educational institutions (RCC, UMASS Boston, Northeastern) to bring PC resources in Roxbury to youth involved in sports.
Boston International Track Club
Serves youth through sports, instilling discipline, self worth and pride.
Soul Patrol 4 Peace
Established in 2008, the Patrol utilizes a one-on-one approach to reaching young black males letting them know that we are here to help and that there is a way out of violence. It also provides leadership to concerned Black men working to decrease the incident ofyoung black males violent deaths among .
Are organized to gather, educate & inform our people on such topics as Boston Police Department’s “use of deadly force”, the mis-education of Black Children, hosting a historic visit of : The Little Rock Nine (The little Rock Nine were the first black teenagers to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas, in 1957).
Street Name Changes
Washington Park in Roxbury to Malcolm X Park in 1990; New Dudley Street to Malcolm X Blvd in 1998; Centre Street Extension to Nathaniel Hakim Askia Way in 2005.
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