Keep On Keepin' On

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(86 mins) He was a mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and one of the few performers to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. Keep On Keepin’ On depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry, and his most unlikely collaborator, a 23-year old piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin, who is blind. Justin, fighting a debilitating case of stage fright, is invited to compete in a prestigious competition, while Clark’s health takes a serious turn. The result is an intimate portrait of two remarkable men: a student striving against all odds, and a teacher who continues to inspire through the power of music. In observance of Jazz Appreciation Month. Winner, Audience Award, International Tribeca Film Festival 2014.

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Keep on Keepin' On movie poster

"They Call Me Little Willie" Author Talk

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At age 15, William L. Adams moved from the cotton fields of North Carolina to Baltimore, and became a numbers runner to support himself. With his preternatural understanding of finance and business, he rapidly ascended to head his own illegal gambling operation. Adams used his influence and resources for good, launching scores of legal businesses, including the first black-owned company to go public on Wall Street. His ultimate goal was to empower Baltimore's black community economically, politically, and socially. Hear the fascinating story of "Little Willie" by Mark Cheshire, author of They Call Me Little Willie and by Adams' business partner Theo Rodgers, CEO of A and R Development. A book discussion and signing follows.

Receive a free copy of the book! Limited to the first 30 people. Visit the museum during its regular operating hours and request your free copy at the Visitors' Services desk. 

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They Call Me Little Willie book cover

Finding our Ancestors' Voices

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Identifying Family Traditions in the WPA Slave Narratives

The slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 offer a rich body of material for historical research. Join visiting scholar and fellow Dr. Ichile who will examine how to use the WPA slave narratives to uncover African American cultural traditions and genealogy information on enslaved families. This annual spring lecture is co-sponsored with the Baltimore chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

About Dr. Iyelli Ichile, Ph.D.
Iyelli Ichile currently serves as the Post-doctoral Fellow in African American History at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum & the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History from Howard University, and a Master's in African American Studies from Columbia University.

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Dr. Iyelli Ichile

Floetic Friday

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​Come express yourself, as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Floetic Friday is a series of open mic nights of spoken word and hip hop expression by up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs. The open mic is followed by a featured performer. Open mic performers may register on-site, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis when doors open at 7pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the museum cafe' 7pm-8pm. 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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Floetic Friday

Towson University Family Day at the Lewis Museum

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Drop in for a day of interactive art activities inspired by the Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams art exhibit at Towson University.

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Johns Hopkins Day at the Lewis Museum

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Please join us on Saturday, February 18, for Johns Hopkins Day. Enjoy free admission all day if you are a Johns Hopkins University student, employee or part of the Medical Center. Simply show your Hopkins ID to gain free admission to the galleries and programs, a 15% discount on full price museum merchandise, and a special $15 meal at the museum café. In partnership with Johns Hopkins University.

 

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Johns Hopkins Enterprise Medicine Logo

Schroeder Cherry Puppets: Underground Railroad, Not a Subway

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Follow the story about a young boy who decides to escape slavery and run North. He encounters free blacks, whites who are willing to help, and slave catchers. Will he make it? This 45-minute presentation is performed with a variety of puppets: rod puppets, hand puppets and wood cut-outs. The show ends in a participatory audience chant. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

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About Schroeder Cherry
A native of Washington, D.C., Schroeder Cherry played with puppets as a kid. In college, he tried puppetry to see how he would respond to his childhood interest. He apprenticed to a puppet master in Chicago while in college, and then joined a troupe before setting out on his own. Dr. Cherry has performed original shows with puppets in museums, libraries and cultural centers for adults and children across the U.S. - excerpted from the Young Audiences website.

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Schroeder Cherry with with "slave catcher" from Underground Railroad, Not A Subway

The Greg Hatza Organization

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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.

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Greg Hatza, jazz organist

Black Memorabilia Fine Art & Craft Show

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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.

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