The Greg Hatza Organization


Keyboardist Greg Hatza's musical instincts came to him early and naturally at age 4, when he began picking out blues and boogie woogie tunes on the piano. As an adult, he has performed with numerous bands, including the Grammy-nominated Indian/fusion band Melodic Interest. His latest release is titled, Digging Up My Roots.


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.

Greg Hatza, jazz organist

Black Memorabilia Fine Art & Craft Show


and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Pre-Grand Opening Event

1pm: Join for a panel talk in anticipation of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, slated to open March 2017 in Cambridge, MD. The panel is entitled "Harriet Tubman, A Woman of Courage and Vision: Inspired by Faith, Family and Community." The distinguished speakers include Marci Wolff-Ross, Maryland Office of Tourism; Chris Elcock, GWWO, Inc./Architects; Robert Parker, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center; Dana Paterra, Maryland State Parks, and scholars Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Dr. Ida Jones, Cheryl LaRoche, and Dr. Elizabeth Clark Lewis. They will provide a lens through which to examine the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the ongoing preservation efforts of her Maryland birthplace. The panel is co-presented by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the National Park Service.

3pm: A. Peter Bailey, Malcolm X's close collaborator, gives a talk "Personal Reflections on Brother Malcolm X"

10am-5pm: Spend the day acquiring black memorabilia, fine art and crafts from artisans and collectors including slavery artifacts, books, stamps, dolls, coins, Civil War, political and civil rights memorabilia, jewelry, sports memorabilia and more. Obtain verbal appraisals of black memorabilia for $5/object. 

Educational exhibits on view include the Buffalo Soldiers, Dorothy Dandridge and Black Panther Party.

Negro League baseball players and a Tuskegee Airman will be signing autographs.

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Black Memorabilia Fair

9th Annual High School Juried Art Show

This exhibition displays work from an annual open call to high school students across Maryland. This year's theme asked students to produce a campaign poster or art work that advocates gun prevention, a ceasefire to gun violence, or creates a vision for peace. The theme is inspired by the museum exhibition Kin Killin' Kin.

5th Annual African American Children's Book Fair


Join us for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Doors will open at 10:00am and from 11:00am to 4:00pm you can enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Callaloo Puppets and Maria Broom delight with entertainment. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Readers include Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and a surprise celebrity Hollywood actor for a special reading. The festival is sponsored by BGE. Special thanks to Enoch Pratt Free Library, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and Mocha Moms.

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Scheduled Performances and Readings


Newbery Winner Kwame Alexander + Randy Preston - Spoken Word Poetry reading with music

11:30amStorytelling and Drumming with Maria Broom and Jali D

Join actor Taye Diggs for a celebrity reading and book signing of Mixed Me. Click here for details

2:00pmPuppet Performance - Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui
3:00pmUncle Devin Drum Tales Performance












Workshops for Kids


Illustration Workshop with Floyd Cooper

2:00pmSpencer Saves a Dollar Financial Workshop with James Merritt






Additional Book Fair Activities (10:00am to 4:00pm)

  • Book Village begins at 10:00am
  • Make and Take Book Making Art Workshop
  • Storyville for Preschoolers - music, movement and a story
  • Storytime with Authors

Guest Authors and Illustrators

Kwame AlexanderEB Lewis
Carol Boston WeatherfordJerdine Nolen
Floyd CooperKelly Starling Lyons
Zetta ElliottShadra Strickland
Shane EvansJeff Weatherford


Participating Organizations

ACTS - Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools

Baltimore County Public Library

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Enoch Pratt Free Public Library

Mocha Moms

Walters Art Museum

Y of Maryland



Other Participating Authors

Mrs. Sherry Berry-Pettus M.Ed.James A. Merritt, The Money Coach for Kids
CallalooMargaret Musgrove
Veronica N. ChapmanLexi P.

Jessica Childress

Christine Turner Jackson
Delores ConnorsMeilssa Phillips Jordan
Dana L. Cunningham, Ph.DKujichagulia Press
ECBACC, Inc.Quineka Ragsdale
Katrina DeniseCaribbean Reads
Frantz Derencourt, Jr.Ronnie Sidney, II, MSW
Blaque DiamondMunson Steed

Shawna Doyle

Lonna Hardin

Lori Nelson Lee

Adrienne Vincent Sutton

Aisha Toombs

Too Fly Not to Fly

Thea Fielding-LoweJ.D. Wright
Dr. Peter J. Isikwe 
Kenji L. Jackson 
E L Jefferson 
Danielle McClean 




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5th Annual African American Children's Book Fair

Storytime with Author David Miller of "The Greene Family Farm"


Join author David Miller for a storytime reading of his book, The Greene Family Farm. This children's book features a family in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn who realize they are living in a food desert. The family steps out on faith and opens up an organic garden in a vacant lot across the street from their apartment. The story is told from the eyes of six-year old Akousa who helps her parents run the organic farm with her mom, dad, and 11-year old brother Booker T. Washington Greene. On most weekends and after school, Akousa and her parents are surrounded by dirt, fertilizer, vegetables and fruit.

An indoor gardening art activity follows.

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The Greene Family Farm book cover

Black Love


Join us for Floetic Friday, a series of spoken word and hip hop expression by up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs. This month's theme is Black Love. Open mic followed by a featured performers Bria McCormick and Cierra Lione. 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. The event is sponsored by Associated Black Charities.

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

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Floetic Friday open mic night of hip hop expression with featured performers Bria McCormick and Cierra Lione

Picturing Frederick Douglass


with John Stauffer, Ph.D., Harvard University

As the most photographed American of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass embraced the revolutionary medium of photography and its influence in shaping public opinion. Picturing Frederick Douglass by John Stauffer examines the abolitionist across fifty years of photographs, and how he fought for the public image of African Americans. This lecture is co-presented with the Baltimore City Historical Society.

The snow date for this event is March 25, 2017, 1pm. 

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About John Stauffer, Ph.D.
John Stauffer is a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Among the leading scholars of the Civil War era, he is the author or editor of eight books and more than 50 articles. His books include Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln (2008) a Boston Book club prize winner and The State of Jones (2009) co-authored with Salley Jenkins which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His other books include The Writings of James McCune Smith: Black Intellectual & Abolitionist (2006) and The Problem of Evil: Slavery, Freedom and the Ambiguities of American Reform (2006).



Wilhemina's War


(53 minutes) Every year 50,000 Americans are still diagnosed with HIV, and AIDS is a leading cause of death among black women. The film tells the story of one family’s struggle with HIV. Despite facing institutional and personal obstacles every step of the way, 62-year-old Wilhemina Dixon works tirelessly to combat the stigma associated with the virus and to care for her daughter and granddaughter, both HIV-positive.

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Wilhemina's War

Verizon Black History Month Open House 2017

Photo: Jay Baker

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.

Doors open at 10am. Official program commencing at 12pm:

Welcome Joseph Askew, Vice President Verizon MD and DC

Opening Remarks
Bishop Douglas I. Miles, Koinonia Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD/B.U.I.L.D.

Musical Selection
Kathy Stansbury - “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Wanda Q. Draper, Executive Director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Importance of Black History Month
Gerald Stansbury, President, Maryland State Conference NAACP

Pride & Partnerships during Black History Month
Anthony A. Lewis, Vice President - Verizon Mid-Atlantic

Guest Speaker
Hon. Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore City

Black History Month – Reflections
Hon. Rushern L. Baker III, County Executive for Prince George's County
Hon. Cheryl D. Glenn, Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Verizon Community Innovator Award Recipients -
J. Howard Henderson, President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Urban League

Door Prizes
Larry Young, Host, Larry Young Morning Show, WOLB 1010AM/Praise 106.1 FM

Musical Selection
The Voices of Empowerment
Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church
Baltimore, MD


The Gigi Gumspoon Show


Sing along with early childhood teaching artist Gigi Gumspoon and her puppets as they promote the African philosophy of “Ubuntu,” a sense of community and humanity. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Recommended for ages 3-8.

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Gigi Gumspoon and her puppet friends


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