Olive Tree Books-n-Voices Cultivates Community in Mason Square

In 2004, Zee Johnson converted a dilapidated former drug house in Springfield into one of the few Black-owned books stores in the state.

Today, the Mason Square shop provides a space for bibliophiles to browse — and a place for the predominantly Black community to connect.

And more western Mass stories tonight… 

Senator Eric Lesser explains why he introduced a bill to legalize in-person and mobile sports betting in Massachusetts and how it could generate significant tax revenue for the state. 

Then, Western New England University History Professor John Baick talks about the historical view of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and how it may impact Donald Trump’s political future. 

Finally, travel to Becket, MA, where — with help from the Trustees of Reservations — over a century of Industrial History at the Becket Quarry will be preserved for future generations.