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

Lawrence Jackson

D. Watkins on "Writing Baltimore: A Personal Journey of Lived Experience and Narrative Control"
April 22, 4pm, Virtual - Get ready to join us next month for the inaugural Donald Bentley Annual Memorial Lecture, our capstone public lecture to honor the life of one of Baltimore's promising young leaders who lost his life in the violence crisis endemic of the city. Baltimore's own D. Watkins, acclaimed writer and social critic, is our distinguished speaker. Registration link is forthcoming.

Do You See Me: The Injustice of Breonna Taylor and Black Women
March 17, 7pm, Virtual - March 13th marks the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death by Louisville police officers. In observance of this month's anniversary, join us at the Reginald Lewis Museum for a virtual conversation on police brutality against black women. Panelists include BHPLA associate director Kali-Ahset Amen with Kimberly Moffitt (UMBC) and Vesla Weaver (JHU). Learn more about this event

Bridging the Gap
On February 28th, BHPLA director Lawrence P. Jackson participated in the virtual discussion, "Bridging the Gap," alongside Shada Allen, Michael Hopkins, and Bishop Douglas Miles. This poignant discussion on Black America from the Civil Rights movement to today was  facilitated through
The Now Ministries, because it's about time!

Getting to Know Megan McShea
We want you to learn about some of our amazing affiliates, partners and their work. Megan McShea recently joined our team to lend archival planning support to community partners from the Eubie Blake Cultural Center and Baltimore's historic African American church community. Prior to working with BHPLA, McShea was an audiovisual archivist at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Upcoming Black Humanities Events at JHU
Hard Histories Book Talks: Jessica Millward
March 15, 12pm - Historian Jessica Millward (author of the 2015 book Finding Charity's Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland) and Martha S. Jones, project director of Hard Histories at Hopkins, will discuss the lives and experiences of Black women—enslaved and free—in Maryland in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, followed by an audience Q&A.

Civic Sessions: Race, Class, and Baltimore City Education
March 23, 6pm - The Baltimore City School system often comes under fire from stakeholders across the city and state. Heather Williams, a Baltimore City school teacher at Carver Vocational Technical School in West Baltimore, will lead a public discussion on the question, "What does it mean to examine Baltimore City Public Schools at the intersection of race and class?" This event is hosted by the JHU Center for Social Concern.

Civic Sessions: Being an Engaged Citizen Through Your Discipline
March 31, 6pm - Join the JHU Center for Social Concern in a discussion about finding what it looks like to be an engaged citizen through your discipline. Lester Spence, a professor of political science and African studies, and Dora Malech, an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars, will facilitate the discussion.
Events Around Town and Online
Racial Justice Concert Series
Hip hop collective Baltimore Boom Bap Society will present an original performance to address root causes of gun violence in our community and bring healing to people and places affected by loss of life in Baltimore, March 11th at 12pm. Baltimore Ceasefire representatives will also share more about their critical work in the local movement for racial justice and how you can get involved. Learn more about this event here.


Why It Matters: Reckoning with Race. Equity. Allyship
Join authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal as they discuss their best-selling book, I'm Not Dying With You Tonight, inspired by the death of Baltimorean Freddie Gray on March 16th at 7pm. The conversation will be moderated by Christine Platt, author and Managing Director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University. The conversation will be followed by a Q & A. Register and find more information about this event here.

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