Question Bridge: Black Males

This innovative video installation probes black men as they ask and answer provocative questions to each other such as, “Why am I a traitor for dating outside of my race?” “What’s your greatest fear?” The videos were collected from 150 men in 12 U.S. cities, then woven together to simulate a real-time conversation covering themes of family, love, education, violence, and more. The vulnerability and generosity of the men produces complex and authentic images of black men rarely seen in American media. The viewer also gets a window into the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men and offers new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity.

Free & Enslaved: A Spectrum of 19th Century African American Life


with Dale Green Ph.D. and Heather Andrea Williams Ph.D.

Throughout antebellum history, free and enslaved African Americans often worked and lived in proximity to each other, including marrying and raising families together. This lecture presents the history of 19th-century African American life within both communities. Dr. Green shares the story of Talbot County’s free black community known as “The Hill," believed to be one of the oldest in the Mid-Atlantic region. Historian Heather Andrea Williams shares research from her book Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. This event is co-sponsored with the Baltimore Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. A book signing follows the lecture. 

Dr. Dale Green is an assistant professor specializing in historic preservation at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Dr. Heather A. Williams is the Presidential Term Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Free Young Blood


Premiere Screening + Panel Discussion

Many consider young black males to be under a state of emergency. The mass incarceration of black males has become a growing concern and highly debated in many socio-political arenas. Yet, two important questions remain: What is the cause of it? How do we stop it? Join Baltimore filmmakers Bobby Marvin Holmes and Justin Gladden for the premiere of Free Young Blood, the highly anticipated follow-up to their documentary on youth violence prevention, Live Young Blood. This latest film takes a look at the mass incarceration of young black males by examining the contributing causes of high-risk behavior, the intersection of race & poverty, and America’s drug policy. Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Young Black Males, doesn’t introduce the conversation; it provides the context needed to continue to push the conversation forward.

A panel follows with: Bobby Marvin Holmes, Co-director & Producer of "Free Young Blood"; Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition); Joe Jones Founder/President & CEO of Center for Urban Families; Chris Wilson, Founder & CEO of Barclay Investment Corporation. Moderated by Sean Yoes, Host of "First Edition with Sean Yoes" on WEAA 88.9 FM.

$8 General admission, $6 youth and seniors. Free for museum members. Coupons and special discounts are not valid for this program.





Floetic Friday



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Join us for an evening of up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs in this series of spoken word and Hip Hop expression. Open mic followed by a featured performer. Doors open at 7pm. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission is $8.






Verizon Black History Month Open House 2016

Photo: Jay Baker Verizon

Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the museum. Visit the galleries for free. In addition, enjoy craft workshops, live performances, and more. Sponsored by Verizon. Free.


4th Annual African American Children's Book Fair


Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances, and craft activities. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Free children's book for every family, while supplies last. Free admission.

Sponsored by BGE with support from Comcast, and Harford County Public Library System. Presented in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Mocha Moms Inc.

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What you can expect at the festival:


Schedule of Events

Floor One


Book Giveaway


Make & Take : Accordion Book


12-4pm     Make an Accordion Book with Martha Edgerton



Literacy Lane (outside, weather permitting)


12-4pm     Enoch Pratt Library Book Mobile


Reading Row / Museum Store


12-4pm     Literacy Organizations: 

      ACTS, Harford County Library, Balitmore County Library


1:30pm     Take a Selfie with Poe


2:30pm     Take a Selfie with Miss Black Maryland 2016


Floor Two


Book Village 


Kids’ Theater Live!


12pm       Remarks

     Dr. Roni Jolley, Regainald F. Lewis Museum

     Anita Jackson, BGE 

     Dr. Carla Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library


12:15pm   Million Man March

      Kelly Starling Lyons


12:35pm   Calalloo: A Jazz Folktale

      Puppet and Story Reading Performance - Marjuan Canady


1pm          My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

      Lesa and James Ransome


1:30pm     Village Bully

      Storytelling Drum Performance - Maria Broom & Jali D


2pm          I Know I Can

     Celebrity Reader: Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA


2:20pm     Quick Draw Contest 

      Shadra Strickland, James Ransome, and Jeff Weatherford


2:40pm     Fifty Cents and a Dream

      Jabari Asim


3pm         Uncle Devin Drum Tales Performance


3:25pm     Freedom in Congo Square

      Carole Boston Weatherford


3:45pm     Ezra Jack Keats Ceremony

      Baltimore City School Student Awardees


Floor Three


Benjamin Banneker’s Cabin


12-4pm     Banneker Activity Station & Storytelling 

      Presented by the Benjamin Banneker Museum


Book Village


Storytime Corner


1pm          Tavon Does It All

      Celebrity Reader: Tavon Mason, Former NFL Football Player


1:30pm     Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills 

      Renee Watson


1:55pm     Brooklyn Finest: The Green Family Farm

      David Miller


2:20pm     Books for Teens

      Sharon Flake and Zetta Elliott


2:45pm     Teen Authors 

      Ali Decosta and Jackie Lee


3:10pm     Knock Knock, My Dad’s Dream For Me

      Bryan Collier


3:30pm     In My Mama’s Kitchen

      Jerdine Nolen


Floor Four


Dream It, Draw It


1pm          Illustrator’s Workshop

      Floyd Cooper


2pm          Illustrator’s Painting Presentation

      London Ladd


2:30pm     Cartoon Illustration Workshop

      Jerry Craft


Make & Take: Collage


12-4pm     Make a Collage

      Presented by the Walters Art Museum


Teens/Tweens Paint Loft


12-4pm    Painting on Canvas

     Presented by Speak Life & Charles Sanders, LW Arts & Design


Resource Center


1-2:30pm  What to Look for When Selecting Books for Your Child

      Margaret Musgrove


Celebrity Readers and Special Guest
Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA 2016
Tavon Mason, Former NFL New York Jets wide receiver
Poe, Ravens Mascot

Participating Organizations
ACTS - Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools
Baltimore County Public Library
Benjamin Banneker Museum
Enoch Pratt Free Public Library​& ​ library's Bookmobile
Harford County Public Library
Reading Partners

Participating Authors and Illustrators
Please note: We are no longer accepting vendors for the book fair at this time. Please consider us for our 2017 Annual African American Book Fair.

Everett Todd AdamsSharon Flake
Tiffany Alexander Tasha Fuller
Kwame AlstonGlorida Greene
Jabari AsimBobby Marvin Holmes
Morgan Billingsley - Brown Girls Book Teen AuthorJohnetta Howard
Rebecca BishopGina Humber
Shenell BoldenDra Rose Ihedigbo-Franklin
Carole Boston WeatherfordKenji L. Jackson
Maria BroomEdward Jefferson
Marjuan CanadyDaneace Jeffrey
Veronica N. ChapmanNorwood Johnson
Jessica ChildressLondon Ladd
Lesa Cline RansomeJackie Lee - Brown Girls Book Teen Author
Bryan CollierTavon Mason
Delores ConnorDavid Miller
Israel CookJerdine Nolen
Floyd CooperJames Ransome
Jerry CraftSherika Sadler
Ali DacostaDiedra Sorrell
Frantz DerenoncourtKelly Starling Lyons
Shawna DoyleShadra Strickland
Latoya EdwardsMimi Sutton
Zetta ElliotRenee Watson
Family Seikou Afrika Jeff Weatherford
Thea Fielding LoweMerriam Wright





Eastern Shore Folklife Festival


Immerse yourself in activities and presentations celebrating the culture of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. Join acclaimed chef John Shields, owner of Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art and food writer, for a talk and food tasting on Chesapeake regional cooking; a performance by the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware, named a 2014 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts; a film screening of Voices of Indiantown followed by a  discussion with the descendants of the families of sharecroppers growing up in rural Dorchester County; and a reading of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by children’s author Carole Boston Weatherford. In conjunction with the exhibition Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.

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1pmVoices of Indiantown Film Screening and Discussion with Eastern Shore descendants of sharecroppers
1:30pmStorytelling with children's author Carol Boston Weatherford of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom 
2pmFood Conversations and tasting with Chef and Food Writer John Shields
3:30pmMusical Presentation by the Singing and Praying Band of Maryland and Delaware



Neo Soul and Gospel Vocalist Carronne Jones


Celebrate Women’s History Month with neo soul and gospel vocalist Carronne Jones. This Baltimore native has shared the stage with Kindred the Family Soul and Vickie Winans.  

The concert is a part of the museum's Third Thursday series. $8 for members and $10 for non-members on the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. Sponsored by WEAA.


Guitarist Kevin Jackson


Kevin Jackson performs a mix of acoustic renditions of rock, contemporary Christian, jazz, and soulful R&B. A guitarist, bassist, and producer, Jackson has recorded with artists such as Sheila E., Jennifer Holliday, Maysa, Oli Silk, and Chico Debarge. Enjoy the galleries after hours plus a live music performance and cash bar.

The concert is a part of the museum's Third Thursday series. $8 for members and $10 for non-members on the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. Sponsored by WEAA.


Bassist Earl Carter


Earl Carter is a Washington, DC-based guitarist, bassist and producer. In his earlier years, Carter secured a spot as a member of the platinum selling group, Experience Unlimited (commonly known as EU), where he recorded music for the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing. During the late nineties, Carter recorded guitar and bass tracks for multiple producers at Daddy's House in NYC for Shawn "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment record label.

Over the years, Carter has performed with many artists such as Marcus Johnson and Alyson Williams. He has also been a solo opening act for Parliament Funkadelic, Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide, and many others.

Carter performs regularly throughout the DC and Maryland area at venues like Blues Alley and Rams Head Onstage. He has also performed for The National Smooth Jazz Awards in San Diego, the Bermuda Jazz Festivals, the Ghana Jazz Festival, and many other televised concerts and festivals. He has been the featured performer for radio stations including: Majic 102.3, WJZW 105.9, WSMJ 104.3, and 95.9 FM. As a front man, Earl’s band, “The Carter Project" features other world-class musicians and consistently gives the audience a spectacular show. He recently completed his eighth personal CD project My Life In Your Hands which will be available in stores by January of 2016.

The concert is a part of the museum's Third Thursday series. $8 for members and $10 for non-members on the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live performance. The museum cafe offers soul food for purchase and cash bar to enjoy with the show. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. The Third Thursday series is sponsored by WEAA.


Earl Carter, Bassist


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