billie holiday logoThe Billie Holiday Project for the Liberation Arts (BHPLA) is an initiative designed to foster organic links between Johns Hopkins University and the historic African American communities of Baltimore, celebrating the strengths and amazing potential of both.

SAVE THE DATE! First Annual Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square – Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2 – 5:00 p.m.

News & Announcements

Helena Hicks Lecture at St. James on the Square

April 28, 2019 – 1:00pm, St. James Episcopal Church The Billie Holiday Project is pleased to kick-off the first in a series of community-engaged lectures at historic African American churches in West Baltimore. Named in honor of civil rights activist Helena Hicks, the lecture series highlights African American faculty at Johns Hopkins whose scholarship explores… Read more »


BHPLA Director Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

April 10, 2019 – BHPLA Director Lawrence Jackson has been named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of General Nonfiction. The Guggenheim Fellowship will support Jackson’s development of a monograph project entitled Christmas in Baltimore. Jackson, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who teaches in the departments of English and history, is an expert in 20th century… Read more »