• Harlem Book Fair in Roxbury – An annual outdoor celebration of literacy promoting local authors publishers, entertainment, literacy, and health promotional activities.
  • Harlem Book Fair in Roxbury – Literacy Luncheon & Awards Celebration – Held previous to the Book Fair spotlighting several local authors and poets with awards for local residents who have furthered the promotion of literacy in the Roxbury/Boston area.
  • Campaign: “June is Literacy Month in Boston”
  • Poetry Open Mike and local authors presentations.
  • Intergenerational Literary events for local writers and performers
  • Annual Trip to Harlem, N.Y. Book Fair
  • Development of Home Ownership opportunities for low and moderate-income RAP tenants and other Highland Park residents.
  • Sunday Jazz and Intergenerational Poetry concerts involving local professional jazz musicians and young musicians from local middle and high schools.
  • Establishment of the Patricia Raynor Scholarship Fund at Roxbury Community College
  • Roxbury Day: In 1988 Roxbury Action Program began the Annual observance of a celebration of Roxbury Pride – Live It! which has developed into the Roxbury Cultural and Historical Festival of Roxbury Day.
  • Completing a “Save the Children Monument” – in memory of children killed in Highland Park and dedicated to the youth of the area. Its installation will be an impetus for the work on violence prevention being currently planned by RAP.
  • Collaborating with Dudley Main Streets to enhance the economic and cultural richness of the Dudley Square area.


  • Roxbury Action Program has developed and/or owned:
  • 88 units of low and moderate-income housing
  • 26 units of public housing – the first 705 Development in the State of MA.
  • A collaboration of Private, City and State agencies.
  • 155 units of elderly housing – Marcus Garvey Gardens
  • Roxbury Action Pharmacy
  • Marcus Garvey Youth Center
  • After-School and Summer Programs for Youth
  • “Let it Grow” Teen Landscaping Project
  • Free Food Pantry and Food Voucher Program
  • Highland Park 400 – a Senior Gardening and Self-Advocacy Project
  • Upgrading of Seniors Gardens and a Neighborhood Park in collaboration with the MIT School of Architecture, Roxbury Community College’s Landscape Maintenance Program, Public Housing Residents, and the Highland Park 400.
  • Drug Abuse Prevention Programs implemented in local elementary and middle schools.