• Feb 21, 2009

Community Celebration: First Day of Sale Commemoration

  • 3:00 PM
  • The Zero Arrow Theatre, Cambridge, MA

On Saturday, February 21, 2009, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a set of commemorative stamps including Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the nation’s greatest lawyers. To celebrate this occasion, we will be holding two community events:

Family Trivia Lunch
The Inn at Harvard, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue
Starting at 12:00 PM

Test your family’s collective knowledge about social justice, black history, and other topics at the Houston Institute’s family trivia lunch. The event will be run by Stump Trivia, and is made possible by the generous support of the Inn at Harvard.

** Trivia is free of charge, and food will be available for purchase. Please refer to the document entitled “Trivia Menu” (listed under “Event Documents” on this web page) for menu selections and pricing.

Stamp Commemoration Event & Panel Discussion
The Zero Arrow Theatre, Zero Arrow Street (the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Arrow Street)
Starting at 3:00 PM

This event will bring together the institutions that Charles Hamilton Houston helped to shape (and which helped shaped him). Among these institutions are:

M Street School/Dunbar High School in Washington, DC
Amherst College in Amherst, MA
The United States Army
Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA
Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York, NY

A panel, moderated by Professor Charles Ogletree (Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice), will discuss the many facets of Charles Hamilton Houston’s legacy and the challenges we continue to face in our society.

Confirmed speakers:

The Houston Family:

Charles Hamilton Houston, Jr., Lecturer, Department of History and Geography, Morgan State University

M Street/Dunbar High:

Jean M. McGuire, Executive Director, Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO)

Adelaide Cromwell, Author of Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories: The Cromwell Family in Slavery and Segregation 1692-1972

Amherst College:

Kelly Tellis-Warren, President, Amherst College Black Student Union

Howard Law School:

Kurt Schmoke, Dean, Howard University School of Law


John Payton, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP LDF


Famebridge Witherspoon, New England Area Conference (NEAC)/NAACP

Our Partners: City of Cambridge; The United States Postal Service, Boston and Cambridge Offices; Harvard Square Business Association

Event Sponsors: The Inn at Harvard

Many Harvard Square businesses will be participating in this event throughout the day.

“Who Was Charles Hamilton Houston?” Posters: Keep an eye out for our series of informational posters, which will be displayed throughout Harvard Square!

Parking and Transportation: The Inn at Harvard will offer discounted $10 parking for guests attending the luncheon and the main event at Zero Arrow. Both venues are within walking distance of the Harvard Square T stop (red line).

Accommodations: Individuals who may need an accommodation to attend this event should inform the Houston Institute at least 48 hours in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Please contact our office at 617-495-8285.

To find out more about the Civil Rights Pioneers Stamp Series, visit: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2009/sr09_020.htm

Event Documents
Charles Hamilton Houston Youth Coloring Page
Trivia Menu

📷 Event Photos
📰 Bay State Banner Article
📰 Harvard Crimson Article
📰 HLS News Article