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 included: Councilman John Bullock (District 9), Storyteller Grandmother Edna, BHPLA Artist in Residence Noah Silas. Staff also collected personal stories from West Baltimore elders for the Baltimore Africana Archives Project.
The annual, free Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square is a musical celebration of the rich and important legacy of Billie Holiday. Lafayette Square is an anchor of Baltimore’s African American religious life, and close to where Billie Holiday herself once lived.