Convenient to Boston's South End, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Longwood Medical Area is Roxbury, the self-declared heart of Black culture in Boston. This diverse community includes African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans and others, and a mix of families, young professionals, students from nearby Northeastern University and Wentworth College of Technology, and artists. The center of African American life since the 1940s, Roxbury has been undergoing massive grassroots redevelopment since the riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination led to a major neighborhood decline.
The entire area is undergoing a transformation, from the 2014 introduction of a tech incubator seeking to bring start-ups to Dudley Square, to the first urban farm in Boston, to plans for energy efficient buildings, new parklands and other resources for residents, and more living space for low-income residents and people with disabilities. Cultural resources in Roxbury include Hibernian Hall, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAA), the Roxbury Heritage State Park, and the Roxbury Film Festival. The area also contains Franklin Park and its Zoo, and a great number of community gardens and other resources aimed at improving public health in the area.