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Full text of "Continuing the Millenium Trail"

CONTINUING THE 

MILLENNIUM TRAIL 



VOLUME I 



SUPPORTED BY A 
CA N EXPRESS COMPANY 




MILLENNIUM TRAILS IS A NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP DEDICATED TO 
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A NETWORK OF TRAILS CONNECTING 
PEOF'IE TO THEIR LAND, THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR CULTURE. 



The Millennium Trail was a 1990s failed 
federal program to create historic trails through 
US cities and towns, including in Roxbury where 
only one plaque was installed. 

Four high school students in RCC's Upward 
Bound 2012 summer program investigated 
historic sites in Roxbury through community 
exploration, online research, and collaborative 
arts exercises. We considered how these sites and 
stories are relevant today in the New Millennium, 
how they resonate with our own experiences, 
and what we could do to continue the struggle 
for social progress. We are sharing our findings 
through this arts publication: a self-guided tour of 
our own Roxbury Millennium Trail. 




1) Southwest Corridor 



Protests in the 1 960s and 
70s stopped the Southwest 
Expressway (I-95) and 
Inner Belt (I-695) from 
tearing through Roxbury. 
The community reclaimed 
the cleared land in the 1980s 
by helping to plan a new 
subway line and the 
Southwest Corridor Park. 

2) Rockledge 

William Lloyd Garrison, editor 
of the Abolishionist 
newspaper The Liberator, 
retired here in 1865 
following the Emancipation 
Proclamation. 




ROXBURY CROSSING 




3) Cochituate Standpipe 



The Standpipe was built in 
1 869 as a water tower for the 
Highland Park neighborhood. 
In 1917a deck was added 
for an observatory. Plaques 
on the railings described 
the Siege of Boston and 
the events, on this hill and 
elsewhere, leading up to the 
Fortification of Dorchester 
Heights during the American 
Revolution. The deck fell 
one night in the 1970s and 
has yet to be replaced. 



4) Malcolm X House 

Then known as Malcolm 
Little, he spent his teenage 
years at 72 Dale Street in 
Roxbury in the 1940s. In 
1 947 he was arrested for 
larceny. While in prision he 
discovered Islam, which 
propelled him to become 
Malcolm X: a great leader in 
the Black Nationalist 
movement. 




What made Boston's anti-highway movement so successful and 
how can OCCUPY THE HOOD learn from its success? 




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ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED: ECONOMIC INJUSTICE I UNEMPLOYMENT 
ami VIOLENCE / MURDERS! GUNS! PRISONS | POUCE BRUTALITY 
FORECLOSURES I LACK OF DIVERSITY IN CITY GO V. I YOUTH JOBS 
DISPARITIES Hi EDUCATION | RACIAL PROFILING | REDISTRICTIHG 
BUDGET CUTS | HOUSING | HUMAN SERVICES I POVERTY | JUSTICE 
RACISM / DISCRIMINATION / WHITE SUPREMACY 



Spirit of Freedom! on — Oh! pause not in thy flight 
Till every clime is won, to worship in thy light 
Speed, on thy glorious way, and wake the sleeping lands! 
Millions are watching for the ray, and lift to thee their hands 
Still Onward! be thy cry — Thy banner on the blast; And, like a tempest, 

As thou rushest by, despots shall shrink aghast 
On! 'till thy name is known 
Throughout the peopled earth 
On! till thou reign' st alone 
Man's heritage by birth 
On! till from every vale, and 
Where the mountains rise 
The beacon lights of Liberty 
Shall kindle to the skies! 



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- William Lloyd Garrison 




What has yet to be abolished? 
How else may we be emancipated? 



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How is our access limited? 
How can improved access 
increase our opportunity? 



"We black men have a hard enough time in 
our own struggle for justice, and already 
have enough enemies as it is, to make the 
drastic mistake of attacking each other 
and adding more weight to an already 
unbearable load." 



- Malcolm X 



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I Fatal triple stabbing near 
[set of "The Heat" in Roxbury 

Man stabbed to death near 
Sand ra Bullock crime film set 

I One killed, two wounded in stabbing 

[in Boston's Dudley Square as 

I Sandra Bullock movie films nearby 



Who influences the youth? 



Students 

Idiris Hassan 
Zak Hassan 
Beza Tadess 
Sulieman Warsame 

Instructor 

Neil Horsky 

RCC Upward Bound Director 

Mark Jackson 
Assistant Director 

Meica Kelly- 



Special Thanks to: 

Kevin Aylmer 
Nina LaNegra 
Anna Newton 
Haley House 



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