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April 2022
Monthly news from the Billie Holiday Center

What's New at BHCLA?

TODAY at NOON! Billie Holiday Birthday Tribute (4/8)
Join the Billie Holiday Center's Elder-in-Residence, Charles Dugger for a celebration of Billie Holiday's Birthday. Celebrate her life and legacy with us April 8th at the Billie Holiday Statue at the junction of Penn and Lafayette from 12:00 to 1:30pm with music by Jasmine Blanks Jones, drumming, and community conversations.

BHCLA presents the 2nd Annual Donald Bentley Distinguished Memorial Lecture (4/22)
Join us April 22nd for a distinguished tribute to black arts in Baltimore featuring playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The evening will feature a performance of Smith's "Glimpses of Baltimore in Change," a homage to growing up black in Baltimore; highlighting the transformation from racial segregation to desegregation. Register

Book Launch and Reception for "Shelter" by Lawrence Jackson (4/24)
Join us at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, April 24th, 2022 at 3:00pm for a book reading, discussion, and reception in celebration of the official release of SHELTER: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore. This work is the latest creative nonfiction release from BHCLA Founding Director and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Lawrence P. Jackson. Register for this event here.

Billie Holiday Center presents the 2022 Helena Hicks Emancipation School: Spring Series (4/13)
Join the Billie Holiday Center and faculty affiliates for a timely Black Studies webinar series, designed as a cluster of introductory "mini-courses" on Black culture, and historical and contemporary issues affecting Black freedoms. The mini-course format involves a 40-minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes of Q+A. Register

Change for West Baltimore Neighborhoods and Youth
Thanks to federal funding announced last Friday by Maryland's U.S. senators, BHCLA community archives partner Rev. Alvin Hathaway and his Beloved Community organization will receive over $1 million to renovate Thurgood Marshall's childhood school to offer intervention programs, legal services, and a community-focused archiving space. Read more about the project here.

The Stories of Mount Auburn Cemetery
JHU students enrolled in a new course supported by the Billie Holiday Center's Inheritance Baltimore grant are working with cemetery stewards to help build a digital database that will make African American grave site information more accessible to descendants and researchers. Students in the course, "Commemoration, Mourning, and Race: The Stories of Mount Auburn Cemetery," are also writing biographies of notable black Baltimoreans buried at the cemetery. You can read more about the students' work at their course blog

Special Feature: Arts and Social Justice students visit the Peabody Institute

Students in BHCLA's "Arts and Social Justice" course got an intimate performance and discussion from Lecturer and Tap professor Brinae Ali, and Lecturer and Jazz Percussion professor Nassar Abadey. Find a snippet of the conversation and full performance above or view on our YouTube channel.

Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
"Community Archives: Preserving Black Baltimore's History" Exhibition
April 1st - June 19th: See the JHU-UB Community Archives Program's exhibition on Black Baltimore's History on M-Level in the Eisenhower Library. On display now through June 19th, 2022.

Important Conversation: Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
April 7th, 6:00pm: Join Advanced Academic Programs and Tristan Cabello, Masters of Liberal Arts program for a discussion with Zuri Obado on "Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Register here.

Black Theater as Liberatory Education
April 13th, 7:00pm: Join BHCLA for our Spring Speaker Series with Jasmine Blanks Jones as she presents "Black Thearer as Liberatory Education". Learn more and register for this 40-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute Q&A session here.

Hard Histories Book Talks: Lawrence Jackson

April 25th, 4:00pm: Hard Histories at Hopkins presents a warm celebration of BHCLA Founding Director and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Lawrence Jackson's new book, Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore. Learn more about Jackson's experiences returning to his hometown of Baltimore in his conversations with Dr. Martha S. Jones, Hard Histories' Project Director. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Learn more here.

Ethel Ennis Day Commemoration
Ethel Llewyn Ennis was honored by the President of Morgan State University, Earl S. Richardson, by receiving a proclamation declaring April 17, 1985, “Ethel Ennis Day”. Ennis was acknowledged for her many accolades, including her accomplished singing career, as the official Cultural Ambassador for the City of Baltimore, and her launch of her jazz cabaret theater, Ethel’s Place, with her husband Earl Arnett, among others. You can hear Ennis’ rendition of “God Bless the Child” on view in “Grace Notes in American History: 200 Years of Songs from the Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection” at the JHU Peabody Library.
Events Around Town and Online
Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society Presents Stefon Harris + Blackout
April 10th, 5:00pm: BCJS kicks off its 30th anniversary Juliana Marin season with Stefon Harris and his quintet, Blackout, making their Baltimore debut together. Learn more about this event here.

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