“Boston While Black” event connects black students with local community

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BOSTON — Through music, dancing, games and food, an outdoor event in Boston this weekend brought lots of smiles and joy to the faces of black Bostonians.

The movement behind Saturday’s event, which took place on Lawn on D in South Boston, is called “Boston all in black”, or BWB.

The event, titled “The BWB Family Reunion ’22,” brought together Black students and professionals looking to make connections in the community and in the city.

“So [it’s for] both people here who want to navigate Boston better professionally and people moving here who want to build community here,” said Sheena Collier, founder and CEO of Boston While Black. “So here we are in the Seaport, aka South Boston, a place where historically black people have not always felt welcome. So we introduce people to this part of town as a place where they are safe, have fun and feel like they belong.”

Kasha Williams joined last year. She attended the event on Saturday with her daughter.

“It’s also our home and it takes up space in a more positive way and is shown in a more positive light in our own community,” Williams said.

This is the second BWB event. More than 7,000 people were expected on Saturday. For many, the event is a networking opportunity.

Chris Turner became a member for this reason.

“When you have to do something within these networks, it’s really nice to be in a place like this and have access to these networks,” Turner said.

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