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April 2021
Monthly news from the Billie Holiday Project
The 2021 Donald Bentley Memorial Lecture

April 22, 4 - 5:15pm, Virtual - Each year, the Billie Holiday Project invites a distinguished arts practitioner and intellectual to address topical, historical or philosophical issues connecting the work of the arts to the renewal and revitalization of civic life in West Baltimore. The Donald Bentley Memorial Lecture is BHPLA's capstone annual public event. This program honors the life of one of Baltimore’s promising young leaders who lost his life more than thirty years ago to Baltimore's endemic violence crisis.

This year's inaugural speaker, Baltimore native D. Watkins, is a celebrated author, social critic, and Editor-at-Large at Salon.
What's New at BHPLA?

Billie Holiday's 106th Birthday is on April 7th! Join us for a Conversation at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a reflection on her life and legacy
April 7th, 8pm, on Charm TV – Comcast Ch 25/1085, and Livestream on Charm TV digital and the Lewis Museum Facebook platform. BHPLA Director Lawrence Jackson joins jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and CNN Correspondent Dr. Leana Wen in a conversation about Billie Holiday's music, addiction, and Baltimore upbringing.

BHPLA Cements Partnership with the University of Baltimore Special Collections Division to Create Community Archiving Fellowship
The call for applications is coming this spring for early career fellows - HBCU graduates or emerging professionals of African descent - to work with BHPLA and Baltimore's historic African American communities. Requirements will soon be available on our website.

Getting to Know Angela KouKoui
We want you to learn about some of our amazing affiliates, partners and their work. Angela KouKoui is one of our key partners and is co-lead of the UB-JHU Community Archiving Program. As an archives outreach specialist at UB, she works with African American community organizations to build capacity in collections preservation. "I grew up in Baltimore. My father is a minister. So I have always been fascinated about how (churches) document our lives.  I have always been passionate about supporting the churches and the community..." 

Event Recap: Breonna Taylor and State Violence against Black women. 
Did you miss the conversation with BHPLA Associate Director Kali-Ahset Amen at the Lewis Museum last month? You can watch the recorded program
here on YouTube.

BHPLA around town: Our Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence Noah Silas is in active production on his original film Blessed are the Charmed, an imaginative docu-drama tracing the lives of six Baltimore-based, African American artists of the past and present.
Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
Public Humanities and Black Baltimore with the Libraries and Museums.
April 9, 12pm - Dr. Joseph Plaster will discuss public humanities initiatives at JHU that draw on the Sheridan Libraries' special collections and how they connect to struggles for black liberation in Baltimore.

Counterpoint Series: Dr. Maya Gibson on Billie Holiday and "Strange Fruit"
April 11, 6pm - This lecture situates jazz singer Billie Holiday in context with "Strange Fruit", a song that critics have hailed the most significant protest song of the twentieth century. Join Dr. Gibson for this lecture and please note the Trigger and Content Warnings mentioned by the event organizers. Find more information here.

How Bibliotherapy can help us Process Challenging Emotions.
April 28 - May 12, 6pm - A collaboration with Hopkins at Home, One Book Baltimore, and the International Arts and Mind Lab, these sessions will explore the One Book Baltimore project, designed to create dialogue on important community issues. Join D. Watkins, Tasha Golden, Susan Magsamen, LaTrisha Milton, and Stacey Can Horn to discuss the book, We Speak for Ourselves.
Events Around Town and Online
Writers LIVE! John Clark Mayden, Baltimore Lives: The Portraits of John Clark Mayden
April 6th, 7pm - Join John Clark Mayden in a viewing of his photography while in conversation with Kenyatta Berry. A Baltimore native, John Clark Mayden travels around Baltimore capturing over 30,000 negatives mainly of African Americans who have lived and worked in West Baltimore. Join the conversation.

Martha A. Mitten Program and TU Literary Reading Series: Clemantine Wamariya (In Conversation with Jennifer Ballengee)
April 7th, 7pm - The Ivy will partner with Towson University for a Literary Reading Series Event with Clemantine Wamariya. The event will be a conversation about Wamariya's memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads, human rights, displacement, and migration. Learn more here.

Archiving the Black Diaspora: Makiba J. Foster Talks Community Webs with the Internet Archive
April 7th, 8pm - Makiba J. Foster will discuss the important work of preserving Black culture found on the web. Explore the Black Lives Matter movement and #viral culture while creating a more inclusive account of history for future citizens to learn from. This event will also include a special musical performance by Lamar Harris. Register for this event here.

Afro Futro: An Afro House Production
April 16th, 7pm - Immerse yourself in Afro House's alternate dimension where Disruptive.Music.Culture. awaits you. The Baltimore-based Afro House Concert Series is a celebration of the city's extraordinary maker scene. The series features composer and pianist Scott Patterson on piano, Afro House ensembles, special guest, and local food and beverage makers. Learn more about this event here.

Conjure by Delita Martin open at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas
On display now through May 23rd, Delita Martin's solo exhibition features work that deals with reconstructing the identity of Black women by piecing together the signs, symbols, and language found in what cold be called everyday life from slavery through modern times. Currently based in TX, her work was recently features in a solo exhibition at Washington D.C.'s National Museum of Women in the Arts. See more here.

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