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February 2022
Monthly news from the Billie Holiday Center

What's New at BHCLA?

Black History Rallies with Elder Dugger
BHCLA Elder in Residence Charles Dugger invites youth to learn about themselves and their heritage in his after-school series Black History Rallies at Afiya Charter School. On February 2nd, 9th, 18th and 25th,
 Elder Dugger will host performative teach-ins about African American achievements, people, and culture. An Afiya teacher remarked about Elder Dugger's impact on her students: "One of my kids had not spoken in class at all this year or appeared excited about learning until he heard Mr. Dugger...We are glad to have you here to inspire us all". For more information, contact BHCLA Community Arts Fellow Jeneanne Collins.

Mpatapo: Knot of Pacification/Reconciliation at the Homewood Museum
Celebrate Black heritage on February 26th with the Homewood Museum and BHCLA at "Mpatapo: Knot of pacification/reconciliation." The event will honor the rich history of people of African descent with family programming that includes traditional African music, dancing and storytelling performances by Baltimore artists Tracie Jiggetts of ‘The Art of Truth and Janikka Simms of Xpressive4ever Dance Inc. This event is co-curated by BHCLA's co-director of community archives Angela Koukoui. Visit Homewood Museum's facebook page for details.

Arts & Social Justice Course Launches
Open to students from all JHU and Peabody divisions, faculty at the Billie Holiday Center have launched a new Spring practicum called "Arts & Social Justice." The course will introduce students to equity-driven practices of community-engaged art making. Students will also explore the history and legacies of the Black Arts Movement, and contemporary intersections in Baltimore City. Contact Professor Kali-Ahset Amen for more information.

BHCLA Featured in Baltimore Magazine
Check out this month's issue of Baltimore Magazine - "Soul of the City" - and learn more about Billie Holiday Center's Black Archives Initiative and other work in the community. Don't miss out on this month's Royal Theater tributes and a feature on the Pennsylvania Ave Black Arts District to find out how you, too, can support the Black Baltimore's cultural heritage. 

New Community Archives Fellow Position is Available
The Billie Holiday Center is excited to open a search for another community archives fellow. Our two-year fellowship provides training to early career professionals in the humanities, library sciences and curatorial practice, while offering hands-on work experience supporting the dedicated efforts of African American community archivists and other stewards of black cultural heritage. Learn more about our JHU-UB Community Archives Program here. Direct 
letters of interest to 

Special Feature: Ritual of Remembrance

About fifty commemorators convened in a prayerful mood in the courtyard of the Carroll Mansion on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in the early afternoon of January 22, 2022 as Billie Holiday Center co-hosted a formal "Ritual of Remembrance: A Musical Celebration Honoring Homewood’s Black Ancestors.” Scores of people of African descent were enslaved on the school’s grounds in the early 1800s.

Claude Gallimard, a lecturer in the French department, said that it had taken “three decades to know what happened on the site of our campus,” and that the ceremony remembering the names “could finally be the beginning of a path to healing.” Read the full story here.

Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
Identity Through Art: Black Heritage Celebration
February 8th, 6:00pm: Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in exploring Black Heritage and Identity Through Art with Stephen Newbold. Learn more about the event here.

Heritage 365 Cultural Experience Series: Black Heritage Celebration (Part I)
February 10th, 6:00pm: Witness the talents of poet Ladan Osman, and engage in what this event will highlight about the cultural vibrancy at Johns Hopkins with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Register here.

SAIS Black Student Union Presents: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Policy, Black History Month Panel 2022
February 15th, 11:00am: Join a conversation about the intersection of race, gender, and access in various areas of policy including environment, cultural, and social policy within the US and abroad. Panelists will share their experiences navigating white-dominates spaces and how we can enact change starting at SAIS. Learn more about SAIS's event
Events Around Town and Online
Continuous Line with Ernest Shaw, Jr.
February 3rd- April 17th: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts presents Baltimore native Ernest Shaw Jr.'s solo show, "Continuous Line" at the Top of the World Observation Level. The show examines the uninterrupted, unremitting connection between continental African traditional culture and Africans dispersed throughout the diaspora. Learn more here.

A Raisin in the Sun

February 4th-27th: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents A Raisin in the Sun, the essential story of a Black family's determined to achieve their dreams. Find ticket information here.

Celebrating Black Composers: Chamber Concert
February 13th, 2:30pm: Join the Riversdale Chamber Music Society as they debut works from their newest CD, highlighting arrangements of the two greatest black classical chamber music composers. Learn more here.

Matinee @ The Royal
February 15th, 1:00pm: The Royal Theater is celebrating its 100th birthday with a POPUP event at The Royal Theater Marquis at the corner of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues. They are inviting all music loves to come out as they reminisce the good old days with jazz, rhythm & blues, and even some music of today.

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