Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Project

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.

Jazz: Front and Center with Center Stage

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Join Baltimore’s Center Stage cast for selected readings of the play Jazz, before its closing day at Center Stage on June 25. The reading will be followed by a talk with director Kwame Kwei-Armah and the cast moderated by Shirley Basfield Dunlap, ‎Director of Theatre at Morgan State University. Jazz, based on Toni Morrison’s exhilarating novel, tells the tale of Joe and Violet’s move from the Virginia countryside to Harlem at the turn of the century. They are young and in love. Twenty years later, Joe’s interactions with a young woman set off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. The peeling back of layers and alternating perspectives ultimately expose sympathetic characters, who reveal their own rhythms.

Members - Free / Non-Members - $8

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The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball

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Hear the inspiring true story of a high school that overcame desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore to launch four NBA players that gave hope to a neighborhood and a city. Author Alejandro Danois introduces us to The Boys of Dunbar, about Dunbar High School’s basketball program. In the early 1980s, it produced the best team not only in Baltimore, but in the entire country, and arguably of all time. Four starting players—Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis—would eventually play in the NBA. Danois takes us into the lives of the young players, and Coach Bob Wade, a former NFL player from the same neighborhood, who knew that the basketball court held a key to the future. A book signing follows. In conjunction with the current exhibition Sons: Seeking the Modern African American Male.

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Black and Cuba

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(83 mins) Street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite universities band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. Intent on sharing their experiences, the students film their journey in the streets of Havana and Santiago. While documenting their poignant encounters with Afro-Cuban youth and neighborhood block parties, the travelers confront realities behind myths of color-blindness and social mobility. This edgy and artful diary of their travels uncovers renewed hope for equality and human rights. Featuring Fidel Castro, Fred Hampton, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, and Assata Shakur in rarely-seen footage. In observance of Caribbean Heritage Month.

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Driver

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(38 mins) Driver is a short film about a gypsy cab operator who, as an estranged father, is given a second chance at fatherhood after a family tragedy. Darryl decides to embrace the role while most men, estranged from years of not being with their children, might have stayed away. What follows is Darryl’s story of self-healing. Directed and written by Yucef Mayes. A post-film discussion follows with the filmmaker and Actor/Executive Producer Rodney Gilbert. In conjunction with the current exhibit Sons: Seeking the Modern African American Male.

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Driver

On Kee Jazz Band

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Come enjoy the contemporary jazz sounds of the On Kee Jazz Band. Joe Sample, Don Alias and Sonny Rollins are just a few of the incredible influences of this electrifying group.

This performance is a part of the Third Thursday series. On the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. Cash bar and food available for purchase. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. $8 members, $10 non-members. Media sponsor: WEAA.

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On Kee Jazz Band

Story Time and Art Hour: Celebrating African American Dads

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In anticipation of Father's Day, celebrate black fathers with live drumming and readings by black dads from the book of poetry In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall. This intergenerational collection of poems features new and established African American writers. Readers will include WEAA’s Farajii Muhammad, and motivational speaker Dr. Lamarr Darnell Shields. Children will create a collage art project involving a father figure with artist Adisa Moswen- Harkless. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo to use in their project. In conjunction with the current exhibit Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male.

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Cover of In Daddy's Arms I am Tall

"Queen of Katwe" Book Talk and Signing

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Meet Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende in person, the individuals behind the “astonishing” (New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of a young chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda and her visionary coach. The book is now also a major motion picture starring Lupita Nyong'o. One day while searching for food, 9-year old Phiona meets Robert Katende. Katende is a war refugee turned missionary with an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert begins teaching the local children, with one child - Phiona - standing out. Clips of the film will be shown. Mutesi and Katende give a talk and book signing.

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Queen of Katwe book cover

Devin Allen Book Release: A Beautiful Ghetto

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Join award-winning photographer Devin Allen and several of his literary peers for a discussion and book signing of his first book, A Beautiful Ghetto. On April 2015, Baltimore erupted in mass protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Photographer Devin Allen’s work went viral and became iconic imagery of the event. His work quickly landed on the cover of Time magazine, making him one of the first amateur photographers to earn the distinction. In this collection of stunning photographs, Allen documents the uprising as he strives to capture the life of his city and the people who live there. He shows a world of love, courage, struggle, and hope. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty, and spirit of Baltimore and its people, as his camera complicates popular ideas about “the ghetto.”

Devin Allen is a native of West Baltimore. His iconic image of the Baltimore Uprising became a Top 10 Cover of 2015 of Time magazine. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!

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A Beautiful Ghetto by Devin Allen

The Ascension Band

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Enjoy a relaxing evening with the Ascension Band and their leader Charles Thompson, as they take you a listening journey to optimal levels of therapeutic proportions! 

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This performance is a part of the Third Thursday series. On the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. Cash bar and food available for purchase. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. $8 members, $10 non-members. Media sponsor: WEAA.

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The Ascension Band

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