Kin Killin’ Kin: A Community Forum on Gun Violence

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Opening Program for the Exhibit "Kin Killin' Kin"

With gun violence prevalent on both the national and local levels, artist James Pate of the exhibit Kin Killin' Kin and curator Willis Bing Davis join for a community forum on the topic. The discussions aim towards plausible solutions to violence prevention at the local level. Panelists include Daphne Alston, founder of MOMS (Mothers against Murdered Sons and Daughters); Eddie Conway, senior producer of the Real News Network and former Black Panther; Bobby Marvin Holmes, writer/producer of the documentary Live Young Blood; and DeJuan Patterson, a community organizer and social impact consultant with the BeMore Group. In conjunction with the exhibition Kin Killin' Kin.

Presented in partnership with the Real News Network.

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Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male

The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men.

Now, That's Cool!

View several of the museum’s new acquisitions. The vast majority of the 40 plus objects are on display for the first time, such as a signed photograph of Frederick Douglass and a first edition of his autobiography. This is the institution's first show that is comprised wholly of objects from the collection.

D. Watkins: Author Talk & Book Signing

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Baltimorean and Salon columnist D. Watkins gives an author talk and book signing of his newest book The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir about his childhood growing up in East Baltimore, dropping out of college, being drawn to his brother’s drug empire, and ultimately escaping from a world of violence and destruction.

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and "Best Memoir 2016," Baltimore City Paper

Praise for The Cook Up
"THE COOK UP is an important story for both black and white America, as well as this country's political leadership, to read, if we're truly going to tackle the challenges that are facing our communities all across the country."—Chuck Todd, correspondent on NBC's Meet the Press

"THE COOK UP is classic and cinematic, told with an observational acuity that hits you where it hurts." —Frannie Kelley, host of NPR's Microphone Chec

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The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir

Historian C.R. Gibbs: Maryland Emancipation Anniversary Lecture

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Historian C.R. Gibbs presents "A Hard Road to Freedom: The Civil War, African Americans, and Emancipation.” Why did it take until November of 1864 for the state of Maryland to end slavery, nearly two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation? Gibbs examines the key factors in this prolonged political struggle involving divisions among the state’s political parties, the plight of African American Marylanders prior to emancipation, and the heroic role black soldiers played in the Civil War.

Gibbs is an award-winning historian, humanities scholar, and exhibitor of artifacts. He is noted for writing, researching, and narrating Sketches in Color, a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, The Civil War. He has received an Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Public Education by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, and named one of the “50 most influential people in Washington, D.C.” by the Washington Informer.

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Historian C.R. Gibbs

Teen Summit: Stop the Violence

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The Teen Summit: Stop the Violence provides safe and artistic spaces for youth to process the adversity they have faced in their lives, brainstorm solutions to prevent and reduce gun violence, and become change agents. Youth will participate in workshops on conflict resolution, skill-building and creative nonviolent expression through music, writing, visual arts, and media.

The event is free, but online registration is required. Click here to register online. Please note that you will not be able to attend until you register online.

The summit includes a keynote presentation by Kevin Powell, a youth panel moderated by Farajii Muhammad, and a culminating spoken word and hip hop performance by Speak Life Tour that promotes peace and non-violence. Special guest is Lil' Key of The Rap Game.

Workshop presenters include Art with a Heart, Baltimore Peace by Piece/American Friends Service Committee, Griot's Eye, Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services, Speak Life Tours, and Warriors Entertainment.

Recommended for ages 12 - 19. Free with lunch included, but online registration is required.

Sponsored by Baltimore City Health Department Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Annie Casey Foundation, Comcast, and Burger King Mondawmin, with special thanks to the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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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. This month's theme is centered around political awareness and social activism. Open mic followed by a featured performer. Open mic performers may register on-site and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the museum cafe' 7pm-9pm. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission: $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. 

Audience feedback from prior events:
"amazing"
"a vibing atmosphere"
"Great talent was in the building."
"Awesome event!"
"Fantastic show!"

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Kin Killin’ Kin

KKK - Kin Killin’ Kin - is a powerful and thought-provoking series of images that portray youth in urban settings in stylized klan garb that mirrors modern hip hop clothing trends. Pate’s images are a call-to-action against gun violence.

Grand Opening Celebration Event: Illustration Workshop with Shadra Strickland

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In celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, join award-winning illustrator Shadra Strickland for storytime of the book Bird, illustrated by Strickland. Participants will receive a free commemorative poster of NMAAHC, while supplies last. A drawing workshop with the artist follows. Children will illustrate their own personal stories after listening to this tale about a young boy facing family struggles. The book is available for purchase in the museum shop. Strickland's awards include an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award.

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4th Annual Family Reunion Expo

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Bring the whole family and enjoy food samples from caterers, hotel and vendor information, genealogy experts, and live entertainment for all ages. The expo features a kids zone, tours, and empowering celebrity seminars. This family-friendly event is as fun as it is informative. Get a wealth of information to begin planning your next family reunion. In partnership with Visit Baltimore and GreiBo.
 

 

 

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A family posing with teaching artist Culture Queen at the Family Reunion Expo

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