News Archive

“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 […]

Jazz musicians celebrate the life and music of Billie Holiday

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter covered the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts’ third annual “Jazz in the Square” event on Sept. 11. The concert, held at Lafayette Square Park, featured […]

Symposium II: Africana Collections and Cultural Programs in Baltimore

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June 3 – 4, 2021, Online: The Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts and the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University will host a two-day symposium to define the collections, collecting […]

D. Watkins Writes Baltimore

Author, editor, East Baltimore native, and Johns Hopkins School of Education alum D. Watkins talks about his evolution as a writer, learning to interview celebrities, and why he’s probably not […]

D. Watkins to speak at inaugural Donald Bentley Memorial Lecture

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This year’s inaugural speaker, Baltimore native D. Watkins, is a celebrated author, social critic and editor-at-large at Salon. His speech will center on “Writing Baltimore: A Personal Journey of Lived […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]