collage of a woman singing, a mural, and students speaking at a lunch and learn

The 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.


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“Worlds of Hip-Hop”: Minkah Makalani

On November 18th at 6:30 p.m. at Union Baptist Church (1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore), Dr. Minkah Makalani (Associate Professor and Director of the JHU Center for Africana Studies) will […]

Fall 2021 Dates! Helena Hicks Emancipation School

The JHU Billie Holiday Center’s signature community education series returns this Fall with three scholarly lectures at historic African American churches in West Baltimore. The Helena Hicks Emancipation School (previously […]

Hundreds attend Jazz at Lafayette Square

The 2021 Billie Holiday Jazz at Lafayette Square was a great success. Hundreds of community members, faculty, and staff attended to hear live music, spoken word, and other performances. Speakers […]