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Billie Holiday Project featured in Wesleyan University Magazine

Larry Jackson

The fall issue of Wesleyan University Magazine featured the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts and Professor Lawrence Jackson in “Transforming the ‘Black Butterfly’.” In the article, Dr. Jackson discusses the roots of the project and its progress, the history of racism and segregation in Baltimore, and specific challenges of growing up in Baltimore and […]

BHPLA and other programs win $4.4 Million Mellon Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $4.4 million grant to a team of scholars at Johns Hopkins University that is investigating the history of academic racism in higher education and building a citywide network to preserve Baltimore’s Black history, culture, and arts. The project, Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation, will pioneer […]

Billie Holiday Project supports Kwanzaa celebration with local museums

BHPLA supported the 2020 Kwanzaa holiday with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, and the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. One day of events included Storytime with Dr. Connolly and family, cooperative economics for kids, Black businesses and COVID-19, poetry, author readings, dance and more. This was the first time […]

Baltimore Lives: A Discussion with John Mayden

The Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosted a virtual program with award-winning photographer John Clark Mayden, who has been documenting life in Baltimore ’s African American neighborhoods since the 1970s. The event was a discussion between Mr. Mayden and Bloomberg Distinguished Lawrence Jackson about Mr. Mayden’s photos and […]