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Billie Holiday Project Mural Celebrates Legacy of Elijah Cummings

Colorful Elijah Cummings mural on the side of a building

“Never let anyone define you.” It was a favorite phrase of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died a year ago, and it is now immortalized in a mural celebrating the […]

Professor Larry Jackson joins JHU committee on naming buildings and programs

Professor and BHPLA founder Larry Jackson has been named a co-chair to the Johns Hopkins Committee to Establish Principles on Naming. The committee is working to develop institutional-level procedures for evaluating […]

2nd Annual Billie Holiday Tribute Jazz Concert: A Livestream Event | Saturday, September 19, 2020 | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.


Join us for a live concert honoring the life and musical legacy of jazz legend Billie Holiday. The 60-minute performance will feature renowned vocalist Maimouna Youssef a.k.a “Mumu Fresh”, accompanied by a […]

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 […]

Baltimore Lives: A Discussion with Photographer John Clark Mayden | Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 12-1 p.m.

Mayden Woman at Park Bench

Award-winning photographer John Clark Mayden has been documenting life in Baltimore’s African American neighborhoods since the 1970s. His photographs capture the ordinary joys and sorrows, quiet moments, and daily realities of life: […]

Helena Hicks Speakers Series | Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Jessica Marie Johnson

Featured Speaker for the month of March: Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History. About the Lecture: “Black Women in Slavery: Silence and Resistance”. Location: Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid […]

Helena Hicks Speakers Series | Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Larry Jackson in front of Pen America banner

Featured Speaker for the month of February: Lawrence Jackson, BHPLA Director and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of History and English. About the Lecture: “Frederick Douglass’ Early Years”. Location: Union Baptist Church, […]

Helena Hicks Speakers Series | Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker for the month of January: Alexandre “Sasha” White, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Associate Director, Center for Medical Humanities. About the Lecture: “Race and Medicine: Legacies of Slavery”. […]

Helena Hicks Speakers Series | Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 3-4:30 p.m.


Featured Speaker for the month of December: Daniel Desormeaux, William D. and Robin Mayer Professor and Head of the French Subdivision, Johns Hopkins University. About the Lecture: “Alexandre Dumas Père: 19th […]

Helena Hicks Speakers Series | Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 3-4:30 p.m.

Nathan Connolly

Featured Speaker for the month of October: N.D.B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University. About the Lecture: “A Time of Scorching Irony: Black Wisdom for our […]