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December 2021
Monthly news from the Billie Holiday Project
What's New at BHPLA?

Vesla Weaver: Helena Hicks Emancipation School Series
December 16th, 6:30pm: Join us at Union Baptist Church for our final community lecture of the season. Professor Vesla Weaver, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, will present the mini-course, "Race & Inequality in the US". Registered participants of all mini-courses will receive a certificate of completion from the JHU Helena Hicks Emancipation School. Register

Fellowship/Assistantship Opportunities for Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Holiday Project is sponsoring two year-long assistantships for graduate students: (1) Johns Hopkins-Morgan State University Graduate Teaching Fellowship (starting Fall 2022) for advanced doctoral students interested in contributing to innovative course development using Africana archives and object-based teaching; and (2) Johns Hopkins-HBCU Graduate Assistantships for Programming and Digital Publishing open to MA and PhD students at JHU, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Bowie State University to support symposium planning, oral history compilation, and publishing of the “Baltimore Africana Archives” catalog. Applications will be posted on the Billie Holiday Center's website in January 2022. For immediate information, contact Prof. Kali-Ahset Amen at

Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
How to be an Antiracist: Transforming the Ivory Tower with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
December 3rd, 11:15am: Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kensi, the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, an Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities at Boston University, and 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. Register for the webinar here.

Conversations on Slavery, Racism, and the University
December 3rd, 12:15pm: Join the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and Hopkins Retrospective as we gather to explore the complexities of archival research and scholarship around the institution of slavery and its legacies at the university. The afternoon will be a discussion of what research is underway, how students envision their contributions, and what the path forward will be. Register for the event here.

Hard Histories with Historian Mia Bay
December 6th, 12:00pm: Hard Histories at Hopkins hosts Mia Bay, historian and author of Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance. Bay will be in conversation with Martha s. Jones, Hard Histories' project director followed by a Q&A. Learn more about this event here.
Events Around Town and Online
Disrupting Lines: The Career and Legacy of Victorine Adams
December 3rd, 1:00pm: Dr. Ida Jones discusses the career and legacy of Victoria Adams, the first African-American woman elected to Baltimore City Council in 1967. This is part of The Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage's Virtual Histories Series, hosted every Friday. Learn more about this event here.

Essence of Black Woman Exhibition Opening Night
December 3rd, 7:00pm: Business and Professional Women of Maryland is proud to present a virtual screening of the film that uncovers Maria Moreno's forgotten legacy, with a Q & A discussion with the filmmaker Laurie Coyle. Register for this event here.

Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant's Search for Her Family's Lasting Legacy
December 6th, 7:00pm: Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in conversation with author Gayle Jessup White, as she discusses her book, Reclamation: Sally, Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant's Search for Her Family's Legacy. Register for the virtual book talk here.

Pieced Together with Shan Wallace and Webster Phillips
December 7th, 4:00pm: Join photographers and activists Shan Wallace and Webster Phillips of the I Henry Photo Project to help analyze, identify, and discuss archival photographs and materials from I Henry Philips Sr's collection. The conversation will focus on preserving the history of the archives and making it available for educational use. Sign up for the event here.

Black New Orleans: History x Art x Narrative
December 8th, 1:00pm: Join Taller Electric Marronage, Keywords for Black Louisiana, The Space for Creative Black Imagination, and the JHU Center for Africana Studies for a conversation on doing history, art and storytelling as the world burns down. See more about this event here.

Sailing to Freedom: A Maritime History of Maryland's Underground Railroad
December 9th, 12:00pm: Join Moderator Richard Bell, PhD, Timothy D. Walker, PhD, and contributor Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, PhD, as they discuss where and how enslaved Marylanders made their way to freedom using the water. Register for this event here.

Slave Streets, Free Streets: Early Baltimore On- Line
December 10th, 1:00pm: The Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage host Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin to discuss her digital project "Slave Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore." as part of their Virtual Histories Series. Learn more about this event here.

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