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January 2022
Monthly news from the Billie Holiday Center

What's New at BHPLA?

Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore
We are excited about the forthcoming release of Lawrence Jackson's new book, "Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore" (coming soon from Greywolf). The Baltimore Sun mentions Jackson's book among the list of "New Book Releases with Baltimore ties that actually make us look forward to 2022". Be sure to see the full list of must reads, and Shelter book details

A Warm Welcome for Jazmine Biggs
The Billie Holiday Center extends a warm welcome to new Senior Program Coordinator, Jazmine Biggs. Biggs, a Stevenson University graduate, is excited to dive into work that connects JHU scholars and students to home-grown Baltimore communities. She is especially passionate about promoting research and programs that can help educate people about the City's rich history and arts heritage.

Engaging Cherry Hill Youth at Greenmount West Community Center
BHCLA Elder-in-Residence Charles Dugger has created a new series of outreach programs with local youth. BHCLA Community Arts Fellow Jeneanne Collins has been working closely with Dugger on the afterschool program and remarks that the program's success lies in Elder Dugger's ability to show up, nurture, and lead by example. As an educator and scholar, Dugger's work inspires the children to cultivate strong character, live passionately, and rely on Black history as a lifelong source of inspiration.

BHCLA co-hosts Ritual of Remembrance
On Friday, January 21st at 1:00pm, join us on the grounds of the Homewood Museum for a secular ritual honoring the Black men, women and children who were enslaved on the estates that now house the Johns Hopkins campus. The ritual of remembrance will include a libation ceremony, historical reenactment, calling of ancestral names, and the installation of a public art memorial. See the full details here.

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

We are now recruiting for two graduate assistantships: (1) Johns Hopkins-Morgan State University Graduate Teaching Fellowship for 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. Send a letter of interest and C.V. to Professor Kali-Ahset Amen at

Special Feature: UB-JHU Community Archives Program Team
Under the leadership of the Community Archives Program Co-Directors, Angela Koukoui and Tonika Berkley, our inaugural Inheritance Baltimore’s Community Archives Program Fellows, Deyane Moses and Bria Warren, have been learning archival skills while working at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries-Special Collections and the University of Baltimore Bogomolny Library-Special Collections and Archives. Utilizing these skills to assist community members and institutions with the preservation of their cultural heritage within non-traditional community archives of several West Baltimore Churches, and The Eubie Blake Cultural Center.
Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
Ritual of Remembrance: A Musical Celebration Honoring Homewood's Black Ancestors
January 21st, 1:00pm: Join Urban Foli for traditional African drumming and dance as part of a participatory art project. Come hear what researchers have learned of the ancestors' stories, leave a note on the wall of remembrance, and name the ancestors as people and not slaves on the walk of remembrance. Learn more here.

A Conversation with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
January 27th, 4:00pm: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a scholar of anti-Black racism, public policy, radical politics, and social movements, will give a talk as part of the Center for Africana Studies' Speaker Series: The Challenges of Africana Studies 50=+ Years On. See more here.

Brice Brown: Proscenium Exhibit
January 29th, 11:00am: Contemporary artist Brice Brown presents a site-specific video installation inspired by Evergreen's Bakst Theatre. Now on view through May at the Evergreen Museum & Library. See this event here.
Events Around Town and Online
Pieced Together: Archival Analysis
January 11th, 4:00pm: Join photographers and archivists, Shan Wallace and Webster Phillips of the I Henry Photo Project to help analyze, identify, and discuss archival photographs and materials from the I Henry Phillips Sr's collection. Learn about this event here.

Dispersive Archives Vol. 2
January 14th, 5:00pm: This event focuses on building upon Dispersive Archives Vol. 1: creating your own archive. Discussion will focus on the themes of the exhibit including enslaved liberation and popular culture in relation to multiple cultures within the Black Diaspora and the United States. See more here.

Educating For Justice: Black Lives Matter, Black History Month and Social Activism
January 15th, 10:00am: Discover the legacy of the Black organizing traditions of the 1960's and 1970's with M.A. of the Howard County Public School System, Marcus Sankofa Nicks. Register for this event here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture featuring Larry Gibson
January 15th, 2:00pm: Join the Pratt Library for their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture with Larry Gibson, Baltimore native, author of Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, and professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. See this event here.

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