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September 2019

Billie Holiday Jazz Concert

September 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lafayette Square Park @ N Arlington and W Lafayette Ave Baltimore, MD United States

The Annual Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square is a musical celebration of the rich and important legacy of Billie Holiday. With generous support from Johns Hopkins University, the performance is free and open to the public. By taking jazz out of the symphony hall and returning it to its nesting place near Pennsylvania Avenue — the neighborhood of Holiday’s youth — this one-of-a-kind concert establishes a new center of gravity in Sandtown for fine arts and culture. Don’t…

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Helena Hicks Speaker Series: Robbie Shilliam on “Thinking through fascism today by looking to the past: From 1930s Italy to 21st century America”

September 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sharp Street Memorial Church @ 1206 Etting St Baltimore, MD United States

Political commentators and human rights advocates have often called Donald Trump’s policies and proclivities ‘fascist.’ Whether one agrees or disagrees depends, of course, upon how we define fascism. So what is fascism, and how does it threaten democracy? This talk by Dr. Robbie Shilliam (Professor of International Relations, Johns Hopkins University) will foster discussion on how communities of faith might address these questions by examining fascism in its original historical context. Using a Rastafari perspective, this talk explores the resistance by…

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October 2019

Helena Hicks Speaker Series: N.D.B. Connolly on “A Time of Scorching Irony: Black Wisdom for Our Current Century”

October 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sharp Street Memorial Church @ 1206 Etting St Baltimore, MD United States

Dr. N. D. B. Connolly (Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University) will present the public lecture, “”A Time of Scorching Irony: Black Wisdom for Our Current Century.

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November 2019

Preston King Lecture: ““The Global Order of the Twenty-first Century Returns to a Sixteenth Century Template”

November 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
526 Mergenthaler Hall Baltimore, MD United States

A distinguished professor of political science and philosophy, Dr. King concurrently holds visiting appointments at Morehouse College (Atlanta), and the University of East Anglia (UK).  He is Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University.  In 2007, he served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of political science at Fisk University (2006) and at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia (2007). Dr. King held Chairs at the University of Nairobi (1972-76), the University of New South Wales (1976-86) in Sydney, Australia and at Lancaster University…

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January 2020

Helena Hicks Speakers Series: Sasha White

January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Baptist Church @ 1219 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, MD United States

Speaker: Dr. Sasha White, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Topic: “Race and Medicine, the Legacies of Slavery” Description: How do we think about the racial history of the United Staes in relation to present-day healthcare issues? We know that African-Americans suffer some of the most significant health disparities in the nation but how is America’s history of racial violence linked to this story? This talk and discussion will explore how the legacies of slavery and racial violence have…

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February 2020

Helena Hicks Speakers Series: Lawrence P. Jackson

February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Baptist Church @ 1219 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, MD United States

Speaker: Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English, Johns Hopkins University Topic: “Frederick Douglass’ Early Years in Baltimore” Description: This presentation chronicles the time Frederick Douglass spent in Maryland, before making his escape north. Using interactive maps, Professor Jackson recounts Douglass’ formative years; from his life as a slave on Eastern Shore plantations, to the streets and shipyards of Baltimore. Tickets:

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March 2020

Helena Hicks Speakers Series: Jessica Marie Johnson

March 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Baptist Church @ 1219 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, MD United States

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University Topic: “Black Women in Slavery’s Archive: Silence and Resistance” Description: How did enslaved and free women of African descent navigate bondage in urban settings and across households? This talk by Jessica Marie Johnson explores the varied strategies women of African descent used to create autonomy for themselves, even in the intimate—and often violent—terrain of slaveholding cities. A special focus will be placed on women in households and the…

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September 2020

2nd Annual Billie Holiday Tribute Jazz Concert: A Livestream Event

September 19, 2020 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

The Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts at Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with Hopkins at Home, Center for Africana Studies and Peabody Institute Jazz Studies, will present a live concert honoring the life and musical legacy of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Founded in 2017 by Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Lawrence P. Jackson, the Billie Holiday Project is an initiative designed to preserve African American archives, history and culture in Baltimore. Last September, the Holiday Project presented the inaugural Billie Holiday Tribute jazz…

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