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A Taste of Worcester, Massachusetts

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT WORCESTER?
  1. Worcester is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The 2009 estimate for the city's population was 182,882, which would make it the second largest city in New England overtaking nearby Providence.

  2. The African-American community has existed since colonial times. Since the late 19th century, Grafton Hill and Vernon Hill have been points of entry for immigrants from all over the world: Irish, Italians, Lithuanians, Poles, Syrians, Lebanese, Indians, Puerto Ricans, French Canadians, and more recently, Albanians and Brazilians. Other prominent groups include Russians, Armenians, Greeks, Vietnamese, Liberians, and Congolese.

  3. On October 19, 1924, the largest gathering of the Ku Klux Klan ever held in New England took place at the Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester. Klansmen in sheets and hoods, new Knights awaiting a mass induction ceremony, and supporters swelled the crowd to 15,000. The KKK had hired more than 400 "husky guards," but when the rally ended around midnight, a riot broke out. Klansmen's cars were stoned, burned, and windows smashed. KKK members were pulled from their cars and beaten. Klansmen called for police protection, but the situation raged out of control for most of the night. The violence after the "Klanvocation" had the desired effect: Membership fell off, and no further public Klan meetings were held in Worcester.

  4. Worcester has a long storied past with sports teams and sporting events. The city was home to Marshall Walter ("Major") Taylor, an African American cyclist who won the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. Taylor’s legacy is being the second black world champion in any sport. Taylor was nicknamed the Worcester Whirlwind by the local papers.

  5. The Worcester Music Festival is the oldest music festival in the United States. This festival is presented by Music Worcester, Inc., which also presents the Mass Jazz Festival.

Radio Stations


WYCM 90.1 FM Charlton, MA Christian Contemporary
WICN 90.5 FM Worcester, MA Jazz
WCUW 91.3 FM Worcester, MA Variety
WPRO 92.3 FM Providence, RI Top-40
WEEI 93.7 FM Lawrence, MA Sports
WJMN 94.5 FM Boston, MA Hip Hop
W235AV (WTAG) 94.9 FM Tatnuck, MA News/Talk
WBZ 98.5 FM Boston, MA Sports
WORC 98.9 FM Webster, MA Oldies
WWKX 106.3 FM Woonsocket, RI Hip Hop
WXKS 107.9 FM Medford, MA Top-40
WBZS 550 AM Pawtucket, RI Business News
WHYN 560 AM Springfield, MA News/Talk
WTAG 580 AM Worcester, MA News/Talk
WPRV 790 AM Providence, RI Business News
WESO 970 AM Southbridge, MA Business News
WARE 1250 AM Ware, MA Oldies
WNRI 1380 AM Woonsocket, RI News/Talk
WVEI 1440 AM Worcester, MA Sports

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Demographics of Worcester, Massachusetts

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

77.11%

6.89%

0.45%

4.87%

15.15%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Clark University to hold 113th Commencement on Sunday, May 21 - Speaker is Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Clark University


Clark University


WORCESTER, MA. –The 113th Clark University Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 21, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The procession from the Kneller Athletic Center will begin at noon, followed by a University-wide ceremony.

This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Under his guidance, the Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.

Previously, Dr. Lewis served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and as the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. A noted social historian, Mr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984–89), and the University of Michigan (1989–2004). He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.

During the Clark Commencement ceremony, Lewis will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The University will also confer honorary degrees upon the following individuals:

Mark Bittman is a food journalist, author and former columnist for The New York Times. He served as lead food writer for the NYT Sunday Magazine, becoming the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. He has authored 20 acclaimed books, including the “How to Cook Everything” series and The New York Times’ number-one bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. Bittman also has starred in four television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously. He was a distinguished fellow at the University of California (Berkeley), a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and is a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is a Clark alumnus, graduating in 1971 with a degree in psychology.

Linda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. After four decades as a reporter for the New York Times, Greenhouse now contributes a bi-weekly op-ed column on the Supreme Court and law. She has received numerous journalism awards, including a 1998 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Greenhouse recently authored, “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction,” as well as a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is a member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is president of the American Philosophical Society, the first woman to serve in that position in the society’s 274-year history.

For more, visit: 2017 Clark University Commencement.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world. www.clarku.edu

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Businesses in Worcester, Massachusetts


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Afro Beauty Supplies -  Category: Black Beauty Supplies -  100 Front Street, - Worcester, MA

  2. Bebes's African Hair Braiding -  Category: Black Hair Salons -  559 Main Street - Worcester, MA (508)799-0172

  3. G Wheels Upscale Barbershop -  Category: Barbers -  65 James Street - Worcester, MA (508) 792-3332

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Afrobooks -  Category: Bookstore -   927 Main St., #A Worcester, MA 01610-1429 (508) 799-9799

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Belmont Vegetarian -  Category: Vegetarian - Enjoy a savory soulful Belmont twist on Jamaican and American inspired dishes and get plenty for your dollar. -   157 Belmont St. - Worcester, MA (508) 798-8898   - (visit website)

  2. Bone Bbq Worcester -  Category: BBQ -   139 Green St. - Worcester, MA (508) 752-3471

  3. Smokestack Urban Barbecue -  Category: BBQ -   65 Temple St. - Worcester, MA (508) 363-1111

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Juneteenth Celebration - Willis Center - Worcester Ma. Willis Center - Worcester, Ma - Juneteenth Celebration - Institute Park.

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CHURCHES



  1. Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church -  55 Illinois Street - Worcester, MA (502) 754-4539  - (visit website)

  2. Shekinah Glory Worship Center -  Shekinah Glory Worship Center vision is to reach the unchurched of the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, and the World with the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Offering a ministry that is sensitive in personality and characterized by a loving, forgiving, accepting environment; allowing and encouraging believers to flow with the anointing of the Holy Spirit in order to grow and develop the call of God on their lives.  - 1094 Pleasant Street, STE 5 - Worcester, MA (617) 977-3044  - (visit website)

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Bluri Bar & Lounge -  Category: Clubs & Bars - Indie, Industrial, R&B and Soul, Rap, Hip-Hop -   320 Main St - Worcester, MA (508) 926-8247

  2. Club Caliente -  Category: Clubs & Bars, Dance Club - R&B and Soul, Rap and Hip-Hop, Reggae -   816 Main St - Worcester, MA (508) 826-9305

  3. Club Envy -  Category: Bars -Techno, Pop, R&B, Soul, Rap, Hip-Hop -   65 Jackson St - Worcester, MA (774) 386-7140

  4. 3-G's Sports Bar -  Category: Clubs & Bars - Blues, Dance, Easy Listening, Oldies, Pop, R&B and Soul, Reggae -   152 Millbury St - Worcester, MA (508) 754-3516

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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. African American & Juneneeth Festival
    (June)    - (visit website)

    African American culture and honoring the anniversary of Juneteenth with music, dance, craft, and food from the African diaspora.


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