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Black History Month Celebration 2018

The Karolines to perform at our 2018 Black History Month Celebration

February 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Choir with a unique blend of African music, dance and drama.

We invite you to see and hear the Karolines in action: They light up the stage and own it!

The event on Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall (located on the hill opposite the Church), featuring the Karolines, marks the 25th year anniversary of Black History Month Celebrations. This year the program, the Karolines, is co-sponsored by St. Mary’s Peace & Justice Ministry, the Winchester Interfaith Council and the Network. The event is free of admission and is open to the public.

The Karolines will perform a unique blend of African culture through uplifting songs, drumming, skits, dances in striking, colorful costumes.

More about the Karolines

The Karolines is a group of youths and young adults in the Uganda Catholic Community in the archdiocese of Boston that was started in 2010 by a group of youths at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waltham, Massachusetts. They bring a unique energy to church music using their African roots.

“We are a dynamic, enthusiastic team of youths and young adults who chose to preserve and uphold our African culture in the diaspora by practicing and teaching the new generation that was born here in the USA the African dances, songs, drama and where need be, the language too.” says Charlotte Ssebutinde, one of the group’s founders. LEARN MORE.

About the 25th Year Anniversary of Black History Month Celebration

In 1992, Winchester’s First Annual Black History Month Celebration was conducted, led by the Africa Resource Institute under the direction of Agnes Lugira. Since then, it has been celebrated annually without interruption. In 2008, after 16 years of Mrs. Lugira’s leadership, St. Mary’s Peace & Justice Ministry assumed the responsibility of sponsoring this annual event. In 2010, the committee established the Annual Peace & Justice Award to be presented to a person or persons who exhibit outstanding community service. In 2011, the first collaboration between St. Mary’s Peace & Justice Ministry and the Winchester Multicultural Network took place. It seemed a logical marriage as the Network’s Mission Statement is to “Promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person’s civil rights and confront intolerance.”

About St. Mary Parish Peace & Justice Ministry

The St. Mary Peace & Justice Committee seeks to raise the consciousness of the Parish Family to our responsibility to ease the plight of those suffering from poverty, discrimination, and persecution in our community, the US, and throughout the world.

The Karolines
Sunday, February 11,  at 2:00 pm
St. Mary’s Parish Hall
162 Washington St., Winchester, MA 01890
(The Hall is on the hill opposite the church.)

The 2018 Black History Month Celebration is sponsored by generous grants from EnKa Society and the Cummings Foundation.


St. Mary’s Church Hall
158 Washington Street
Winchester, MA 01890 United States
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