EventsPeacing Together the Pieces: A Conversation About Preserving Local Hip-Hop Culture and Digitizing Event

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Peacing Together the Pieces: A Conversation About Preserving Local Hip-Hop Culture and Digitizing Event

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Central Library in Copley Square


Celebrate local Hip-Hop history and community in honor of Hip-Hop History Month with a panel discussion from the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive (MHHA) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The MHHA will share its recent work and collection activity. Academic and community panels will discuss the ongoing need for bridging the gaps among institutions and the community, Hip-Hop elements, generations, locations, history, and culture.

Academic panelists are J. Keith Motley (moderator), Joseph Cooper, Murray Forman, and Aminah Pilgrim.

Community panelists are Born Bi-Kim (moderator), Cindy Diggs, Bernard “Smok N Strok” Johnson Jr., and Akrobatik.

Selected images and stories collected from Boston Hip-Hop community members at the Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Mass. Memories Road Show event in May 2018 will be on display. All attendees are invited to add to this digital collection by sharing their Hip-Hop artifacts and stories. Archive staff and volunteers will be on hand to scan items and videotape interviews. Bring three photos, flyers, or other paper items to be scanned and add your story to the archive.

This program is presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and the Mass. Memories Road Show in the University Archives and Special Collections department, Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass Boston. 

*Registration is encouraged, but due to the ample seating available in the Rabb Lecture Hall, walk-ins are also welcome.*

About the BPL's COVID-19 health and safety protocols:

  • Program attendees are recommended to wear masks covering their noses and mouths.
  • Read the BPL's latest COVID-19 guidelines for visiting the library.
  • Program presenters will remove their masks during the program.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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