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Circle Up! (An Investigation of the Academic Achievement Gap)

March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

$5 – $10
Circle Up!

Circle Up! gives us a chance to see and hear what is going on in urban high schools by listening to the voices of real students sharing reflections about the effects of opportunity gaps on their everyday lives.   It investigates the issues of equity and injustice that have created the “achievement gap” and the barriers that maintain it. The achievement gap is a discrepancy in the academic outcomes between white students and students of color, caused by structural inequality in social institutions, with life-long consequences.

Youth Underground theater in Cambridge breeds young stars and teaches life lessons.

The Youth Underground is an ensemble that creates and performs original theater investigating social issues relevant to young people.  The script is based on interviews and conversations with students, teachers, and family, all of whom have been affected by the differences in opportunity.  After the hour-long play, the ensemble will lead a talk-back about the issues raised by students’ narratives.

Tickets $10/ Community $5. BPS Students may reserve a free seat by calling Hibernian Hall at 617-849-6322.   


Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action Racial Justice Working Group, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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Getting to Hibernian Hall 

Hibernian Hall was built in 1913 as a gathering place for social dancing and music. This historic building at 184 Dudley Street in the heart of Dudley Square was restored and reopened by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2005. The spacious grand ballroom, which seats 250, is once again serving the community as an affordable, year-round venue for theater, concerts, dances, visual art fairs, film screenings, and private parties.

Via Public Transportation:
The MBTA Silver Line runs from South Station and downtown Boston along Washington Street into Dudley Square. We are just south of Dudley Station at 184 Dudley Street. A number of city bus routes come into Dudley Station, including 19, 23, 27, 47, and 8.

Via Southeast Expressway, I-93:
From I-93 northbound, take Exit 18 (Mass Ave/Roxbury) and proceed through two sets of lights. At the third set take a left (Mass Ave Connector/Melnea Cass Boulevard). Travel down approximately .5 mile and then turn left onto Harrison Ave. A few blocks down take a left onto Dudley Street. The Roxbury Center for Arts is the second building from the corner on the left.

By car from Cambridge:

Go over the Mass Ave. bridge. Continue on Mass Ave. past Symphony Hall through most of the South End. Turn right on Harrison Ave., right before Boston Medical Center. Continue on Harrison over Melnea Cass and several blocks more until you see Dudley Street. Turn right. 184 Dudley is on the right.

There is a small parking lot behind Hibernian Hall, available after office hours: As you approach Dudley Square make a left turn off Harrison Ave onto Zeigler Street, the street before Dudley Street. Make a right into the Hibernian Hall lot. If no spaces are open there is ample free parking on Dudley Street or any side street.

Restaurants near Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square

SuyaJoint All African Cuisine, 185 Dudley Street
     Open Thursday until midnight

Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street
     (Off Washington between Melnea Cass Blvd and Ruggles St.)
     Open Thursday until 8pm

Dudley Dough, 2302 Washington Street
     Open Thursday until 9pm

P & R Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, 208 Dudley Street
     Open Thursday until 10pm. (New-ish, Jamaican)


March 23, 2017
7:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St
Roxbury, MA 02119
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(617) 541-3900