Black Women


Meet Kendra Allen, Poet and Author of ‘The Collection Plate’ (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

Looping exultantly through the overlapping experiences of girlhood, Blackness, sex, and personhood in America, essayist and poet Kendra Allen braids personal narrative and cultural commentary, wrestling with the beauty and brutality to be found between mothers and daughters, young women and the world, Black bodies and white space, virginity and […]


A Conversation with Dr. Sheri Parks, Author of ‘Fierce Angels’ (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Dr. Sheri Parks, vice president for Strategic Initiatives with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), discusses topics from her book Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman. Fierce Angels explores the idea of the “strong Black woman” as never before. […]


⭐ Juneteenth Talk with Deesha Philyaw, Author of ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’ (DC Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Celebrate Juneteenth and join us for an author talk with Deesha Philyaw, live on the Library’s Facebook page on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Philyaw will be joined by local author Tyrese Coleman to discuss Philyaw’s book, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Their conversation will focus on the nine stories in Philyaw’s collection […]


Women’s History Month: Conversations For Change (Maryland Public Television) – VIRTUAL

In celebration of Women’s History Month, in collaboration with Morgan State University and University of Maryland Global Campus, Maryland Public Television (MPT) invites you to join us for a special event honoring the legacy of Black women suffragists and their impact on the leaders of today — leaders such as […]


Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women (Smithsonian Associates) – VIRTUAL

Mary Lou Williams, ca. 1946, by William P. Gottlieb Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women Part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story PROGRAM DESCRIPTION From a 17th-century workshop in the Netherlands to a classroom in 1660 in Frankfurt, to the streets of Washington in the […]


Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Song (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Seth Kibel uses video clips and recordings to trace Ella Fitzgerald’s rise from teen star to jazz royalty with her legendary “Songbook” recordings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration […]


⭐ Meet Yaba Blay, Author of ‘One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race’ In Conversation With Imani Perry (Free Library of Philadelphia) – VIRTUAL

REGISTER HERE Referred to by Michael Eric Dyson as “one of the most brilliant and committed critics and advocates writing and thinking and working on behalf of Black people today,” Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar, activist, and cultural consultant. Focusing on Black women and girls through topics like personal identity and […]


⭐ The Art of Sampling: Sylvia Robinson Produced a New Wave (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

From WondaGurl to Ebonie Smith, Black women have produced award-winning pop hits. Yet they are not always household names like some of their counterparts. In Respect Her Crank!: Producing Sounds of Blackness, this changes. Award-winning producer J’Nae White facilitates multiple workshops designed to teach the art of music production, as inspired by Black women […]