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The Red & Green of May Day! with Judith Woodruff

When: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St. • 2nd Fl • Boston

This is a Virtual Program.
Watch it Live on CCB's YouTube Channel


May day is recognized around the world as a holiday of celebration and appreciation of working people. Originally it was a springtime fertility festival whose origins go back far into the ancient world. It is known for its May poles, dances, floral wreaths, fertility rites, and general rejoicing along with days off from work. This program will explore how May Day came to be the working class holiday by 1894; a remembrance of the Haymarket martyrs' struggle for the eight hour day; and is now a day of world wide working class demonstrations with efforts to make it a legal American holiday, as it is in most of the countries of the world.

Judith Woodruff, BA and MA in History and Education, has been an educator and community activist in both New York and Massachusetts.. She was a teacher in special projects of the NYC school system and a director of Early Childhood centers in Brooklyn, NY and later in Brookline, Ma. She was the Director of Place Runaway for teenagers and was a consultant tor Northeastern University for the development of a Boston day care center. She was also the Childcare Coordinator for the city of Somerville. Judith has created as well as lead many programs that bring artists from all disciplines together with community locally and internationally. Currently, Judith works with Families Creating Together and is currently serving on the Community Church of Boston Board.

Music by CommUnity Voices

Illustration by Walter Crane 1890
Walter Crane was one of the most influential socialist artists of his time.
This print, calling for the celebration of Labour Day, May 1, was published in many countries.


Due to Corvid-19 Community Church of Boston is Closed.

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.
Small elevator, wheelchair accessible.

CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops. On Street Parking and
at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street. Discount Vouchers available for parking in the garage.


Community Church of Boston is located at
565 Boylston Street, 2nd fl., Boston, MA 02116

email:; tel: 617-266-6710

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