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This spring, we had a robust calendar of arts and humanities events scheduled to take place on the UU Urban Ministry campus. COVID-19 had different plans for us, and these events — like so many others — have been postponed indefinitely.


But we couldn’t keep this incredible local art to ourselves! We remain committed to our mission of amplifying the work of Roxbury artists of color, even — and especially — while in quarantine. And so the Artist Spotlight Series was born.


We are grateful to support from the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust for enabling us to live into this mission. Take a peek below, check back to see more artists highlighted, share with a friend, and write to us at to tell us what you think.

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Interested in supporting a Roxbury-based artist of color? Download our Artist Directory here to peruse and purchase some incredible local art.


Our first Artist Spotlight features Boston-based photographer Hakim Raquib. Check out a sample of his work, with narration by the artist himself, below. Learn more about his early career and take a deeper dive into his process here.

Interested in purchasing his artwork? Please contact him through his website.

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Early Career

Photographer Hakim Raquib Commentary


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Our second Artist Spotlight highlights Gloretta Baynes, artist and Curator and Chair of AAMARP (African American Master Artists in Residency Program). Excited to learn more after watching? 

Contact Gloretta to purchase prints.


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Our third Artist Spotlight features art quilter and textile artist Susan Thompson. We are moved by her love of the ancestors and the way she stitches prayers into her quilts. 

Contact Susan to purchase quilts.


This video features Napoleon Jones-Henderson, who specializes in mixed media, textile, and public art. His breathtaking pieces are part of the fabric of Roxbury and each tells an important story.

Contact Napoleon to purchase artwork. 

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The fifth video in our series highlights poet Christle Rawlins-Jackson, whose poetry and singing share stories about the Black experience with the goal of opening healing conversations that bring people from various backgrounds together. 

Click here for more information about the slave forts in Ghana. 

Contact Christle to learn more about her work. 

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Our monthly Community Conversations webinar series was created to highlight and discuss issues of concern to Boston’s communities of color, which also were educational for suburban communities, such as Gentrification, closing the racial wealth gap, and the role of our Meetinghouse in Roxbury.

Please see the video library of our past Community Conversations, as well as other virtually-hosted programs below.


June 2021:  Byron Rushing, "Facing Yesterday to Face Today - and Tomorrow"

May 2021:  Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, "Black People and the Land: Rural Farming, Urban Farming, and Connecting to the Earth"

April 2021:  Dr. Atyia Marting, "Creating Conditions for Well Being in Communities of Color"

March 2021:  Dr. Angela Cook and The Rev. Joseph Cook, "The History of Paige Academy and a Culturally Responsive Education"

February 2021:  Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. Esq., "Equity in Education"

January 2021:  Marisa Luse, "What's Happening to Roxbury: A Conversation on Gentrification and Displacement"

December 2020:  Toy Burton, "Mental Health and the Holidays in the Black Community"

November 2020:  Imari K. Paris Jeffries, "Closing the Racial Wealth Gap In Boston"

October 2020:  Byron Rushing, "The History of the Meetinghouse"


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