Tom Lopes, who was the first Cape Verdean to be elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, will have a documentary produced about his life to honor his legacy.

According to the United Way of Greater New Bedford, “the documentary consists of interviews from friends, families and other politicians, that tell the story about his accomplishments and the impact he made on New Bedford. The creation of the documentary was funded in part with a grant from United Way of Greater New Bedford. The documentary was first screened in October.”

Three screenings will be hosted by the United Way of Greater New Bedford in the South End of New Bedford for residents. They will also be hosting an open forum to discuss the progress of their work with the Working Cities Challenge grant and to get input from South End residents on the upcoming work in their community. The event is free. Dinner and child care will be provided as well as raffles for those in attendance.

Down below is the information for the three Tom Lopes documentary screenings:

Tom Lopes: Bringing Community Together Events will take place: March 22nd 5:30- 8pm at Dennison Memorial Community Center (RSVP by March 18th) (755 So. First St.), March 29th 5:30- 8pm at Our Lady of Assumption Church (RSVP by March 25th) (47 So. 6th St.), and April 5th at the Cape Verdean American Veterans Hall (RSVP by April 1st) (561 Purchase St.).

If you are interested in attending one of the events, please contact United Way at 508-994-9625 ext. 19 or email

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez