The Hate U Give Youth Artist Open House and Expressions



The Hate U Give Youth Artist Open House and Expressions

Sunday, October 14,  2 pm to 4 pm

Celebrate the upcoming October film release of The Hate U Give  with  youth artwork,  spoken word, dance performances and a community roundtable discussion with art and  social justice activists. Presenters include DewMore Baltimore, Connexion HS Dance Ensemble, Positive Social Change Theater/Performing Arts Program and  WEAA 88.9FM Radio Personality, Mykel Hunter.  The Hate U Give  follows events in the life of a black 16-year-old girl who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a friend.

Roundtable Presenters include:art activist Aaron Maybin and educational activists Koli Tengella and Nadiera Young.

FREE Admission for Youth


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3rd Thursday Happy Hour with The Rodney Kelley Experience


Thursday, October 18, 6pm

Mix with us while enjoying some of the hottest groups in the area. A whole new vibe for your 3rd Thursday experience!

Add a bit of luxury to your evening! Take an exclusive late night tour, listen to live music, have a culinary treat and match it up with one of our signature drinks. 3rd Thursdays offer up an experience unlike any other. The Lewis Museum and WEAA 88.9 presents 3rd Thursdays.

Doors open at 5pm. Show starts at 6pm. 

Performer: The Rodney Kelley Experience

At the Door - Members - $8/ Non-Members - $10

Cash bar and food are available for purchase


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FREE Museum Day - Via Smithsonian Magazine



Join us this Saturday, September 22nd for Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day. The Lewis Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and we are excited to partner on bringing a free day of art, history and culture to the community. 



Film Screening & Discussion: Charm City



Film Screening and Discussion: Charm City (109 minutes)
Monday, October 1, *** Doors Open at 6:30 pm *** Film Starts 7pm

On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed over three tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, CHARM CITY is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. Directed by renowned documentary producer Marilyn Ness.    

A post discussion with cast members  Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton from the Rose Street community and Councilman Brandon Scott will follow.

In partnership with Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative.


Film Trailer


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Film: Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation


Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation (69 minutes)

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1 pm – 3 pm 

This film captures the rich oral histories of prominent African Americans who grew up and lived through the era of legal segregation in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore. The narratives document individuals who attended segregated schools before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling.  Film participants and panelists  include:

Robert Bell: First African American Chief Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals – at 16 he was the lead plaintiff in Bell v Maryland which helped push America towards desegregation / Dr. Patricia Welch: Was part of the first desegregated class at Eastern High School and is the Dean of Education at Morgan State University / Evelyn Chatmon: First female African American Assistant School Superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools / Dr. Walter Arthur Gill: One of the first African Americans to graduate from Baltimore City College High School in 1955 / Francis Gill: Frances was the last group of students to attend Coppin Normal Teachers College when it was located on Mount Street / Treopia Green Washington: Director of Special Initiatives, College of Education at Bowie State University and sister of Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine./ Louis S. Diggs Jr. attended Douglass High School. He served in the all-Black Maryland National Guard as support during the Korean War from 1950-1952. Mr. Diggs retired from the military in 1970 with more than twenty years of service. He is the author of thirteen books and an Honorary Board Member of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.


“Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation” is co-directed and co-produced by Towson University professors, Gary A. Homana, Morna McDermott McNulty, and Franklin Campbell Jones.

This program is in partnership with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and Towson State University’s College of Education.

It will be hosted by Marc Steiner, President of Center for Emerging Media and Host of the Marc Steiner Show podcast   

In conjunction with the Hateful Things exhibition


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"Hateful Things" Opening Reception - FREE



Join us for the opening night reception for the Lewis Museum's newest thought-provoking and controversial exhibition "Hateful Things." Also, check out our companion exhibition "Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes."


Thursday, August 30th

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Admission: FREE


Hateful Things, August 30, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Contains material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. In the early 1830s Thomas D. Rice created the antebellum character Jim Crow. "Daddy Rice," as he was called, was a white actor who performed in black face a song-and-dance whose exaggerations popularized racially demeaning minstrel shows. The name "Jim Crow" came to denote segregation in the 19th century when southern and border states passed Jim Crow laws; legitimizing a racial caste system. This exhibition contains examples of our segregated and racist past.


Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes August 30th - October 14, 2018

A small exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists Arvie Smith, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott and Sanford Biggers, who are among several artists exploring and reclaiming images of our shared racial past.





Hateful Things

Contains material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy.

Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist

Presents 50 works in a variety of media that showcase Romare Bearden's influence as an artist of social conscience and action.

Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes

The small exhibition showcases the work of contemporary artists Arvie Smith, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott and Sanford Biggers, who are among several artists exploring and reclaiming images of our shared racial past.

Sunday @ 2 Films: Black Memorabilia


Sunday @ 2 Films Double Feature:

Sunday, September 9, 2pm


Black Memorabilia (62 minutes)

From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary Brooklyn, we observe the people and places that reproduce, consume and reclaim BLACK MEMORABILIA. Moving beyond perverse collectibles that serve as reminders of America’s troubled racial history, the film combats stereotypes and presents a poetic portrait of the people who consume, manufacture and assume the identities of these objects.

Ethnic Notions (56 Minutes)
Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing  deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice through popular culture by examining cartoons, feature films, popular songs, household artifacts and children's rhymes. The documentary focuses on evaluating the stereotypical characters of the Sambo, the Brute, the Coon and the Mammy, and it shows how such derogatory depictions have led to the justification of racism.    



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