13th-of-the-Month Events

Our 13th-of-the-Month events are opportunities for you to participate in film and book discussions and dialogues on issues viewed through a racial lens. 13th of the month events are free. Donations are welcome. To be notified of upcoming BRJA events, please sign up for our email list here or on our homepage.


Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: American Brewery Bldg., 1701 N. Main St., Baltimore, Md. 21213



Anti-Blackness: Examining the Complicity in “Social Justice” Movements

Date: Friday, October 3, 201

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: American Brewery Bldg., 1701 N. Main St., Baltimore, Md. 21213



Talking to Children about Race
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017.


Black Masculinity: How Did We Get Here?
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017.


Can Racial Justice Be Supported in a Two Party System? what we need to do in 2018
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017.


Racial Inequity in Transit: What Happened to the Baltimore Redline Project?
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017.



Previous Events 

Model Minority Mutiny

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017




Working while Black: the real deal

April 13, 2017



FOR WHITES ONLY? understanding the intersection of racism and technology

Date: Monday, February 13, 2017



Trumped: where do we go from here?

Friday, January 13, 2017          6:30 – 8:30 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213


Educating Baltimore: what are we teaching our children?
DATE – Tuesday, December 13, 2016
TIME – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
LOCATION – American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

13th: from enslaved to criminalized
DATE – Sunday, November 13, 2016
TIME – 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
LOCATION – American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213


can true friendships happen across racial lines?

DATE – Thursday, October 13, 2016
TIME – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
LOCATION – American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213







The United States remains predominantly racially segregated in housing patterns, faith-based worship, schooling, and friendships. Yet, there is a prevailing belief that friendships across racial lines are more prevalent than ever before. Come and explore this issue with BRJA on June 13th.

This is a free event. Donations are welcome.

This will be an adult-centered discussion, but all ages are welcome to attend. Children’s books and coloring activities will be provided.


September 13th Event – What Next? department of justice report and baltimore

Tuesday, September 13, 2016  6:30 – 8:30 pm
American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213



August 13th Event – Enslavement at Hampton Mansion: in black and white

Saturday, August 13, 2016  2:00 – 4:00 pm

Hampton Mansion, 535 Hampton Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21286



July 13th Event – 7000 Families: race and gender oppression in Baltimore’s rent court

Wednesday, July 13, 2016  6:30-8:30 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213









June 13th Event – Plantation Dynamic: can real friendships happen across racial lines? HAS BEEN CANCELLED in respect of the vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting. We encourage everyone to go to the vigil at YNot Lot on Charles and North Avenue at 7:00 pm 


Moving from Protest to Policy: 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

Friday, May 13, 2016  6:30- 8:30 pm

University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business 11 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

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CHILD WELFARE: another link in the womb to prison pipeline

Wednesday, April 13, 2016  6:00 – 8:30 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213




7000 Families:

race and gender in Baltimore’s rent court




Black Baltimore’s History of Resistance: The Role of Churches, Advocates and Labor in the Movement13ofMonth_2016February

Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201


Jamala Rogers Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion13ofMonth_January2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21201




Ella Baker Brunch: Help Us Honor Her on the Anniversary of Her Birth and Death13ofMonth_2015December1

Sunday, December 13, 2015 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21201

Drop in between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm for brunch as we honor the foundation she and others have built for us.

Red Emma’s brunch prices range from $4 – $10, although there are also less expensive items (bagels & cream cheese, etc.) on the menu.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend.


White Ally? An Active Partnership, Not a Passive Title13ofMonth_November2015

Friday, November 13, 2015 6:00 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213



BeMore Community Sing

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:00pm

Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., Baltimore Md.















Mindfulness – What Is It? and What Does It Mean in the Context of Racial Justice Activism

Sunday, September 13, 2015 1:30 – 3:30 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213













What If America Loved Black People as Much as Black Culture: White Appropriation of Black Culture


Thursday August 13, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213












BEYOND BIAS – Racism in Healthcare and the Struggle for Equity13ofMonth_JULY2015


Monday, July 13, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

BRJA will be moderating a panel of experts in health care and health policy—Marisela Gomez, MD, Lawrence Brown, PhD, and Cheri Wilson, MHS. The event will explore the historical intersection between race, health and healthcare, and the challenges to achieving health equity.

13th of the month events are free. Donations are welcome.

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Baltimore Uprisings – Information Sharing and Brainstorming for Root Change


Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Join Baltimore Racial Justice Action facilitators, Avis Ransom and Dottye Burt-Markowitz, to process the recent Baltimore uprisings. At this event participants will be asked to share responses they have observed and brainstorm ways in which we can take action for racial justice. Identified actions will be characterized as transactional or transformative and we will collectively attempt to determine how they disrupt institutional and structural underpinnings of racism.


Quilts & Stories of Baltimore: Local Intersections of Art & Race13oftheMonth_2015_MAY

Wednesday, May 13th 2015   6:30-8:30 pm

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

  Join BRJA for a lively conversation between long- time Baltimore residents Dr. Joan Gaither and George Ciscle as they talk about quilt-making, and the intersections of race and racism within the artistic communities in Baltimore now and over the last many decades.


Moving from Protests to Policy: Making Advocacy Count – 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

University of Baltimore Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave. 21201

April 28th, 2015

Moving From Protests to Policy - Making Advocacy Count - 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Friday, March 13th, 2015  – 7:00-9:00 pm

Side Effects: The Misguided War on Marijuana

Coppin State University, Talon Center Atrium, 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 2121613oftheMonth_2015_MARCH



Friday, February 13th, 2015  -  6:00-8:00 pm

Black History Month: Does It Have a Role in 21st Century America?13oftheMonth_2015_FEBRUARY

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Black History Month has served a long and useful purpose in highlighting the achievements of African Americans — at least for one month out of twelve. Does its continuation further the goals of genuine inclusion, or does it keep African Americans firmly out of the “mainstream” of America? Join us to talk about the history of Black History Month. What was the intent of establishing a month for black history? Has that intent been realized? Has it outlived its usefulness? Should we reframe it for the 21st century? There are various perspectives on this subject so we invite you to come hear those perspectives, share your own, and perhaps gain a new perspective. 13th of the month programs are always FREE; we do appreciate donations, however, in order to continue to provide this public programming. This is an adult-centered discussion. However, it is a kid-friendly event and people of all ages are welcome to attend. BRJA is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. IMG_4388 IMG_4390 IMG_4391 IMG_4394


Tuesday, January 13th, 2015  – 6-8:30pm

In the Face of Ferguson: Black Empowerment and Liberation Theologies and Their Roles in 21st Century AmeriKKKa 13oftheMonth_2015_JANUARY

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

When police and vigilantes are acquitted of murdering Black men and women, is this “the system working the way that it is supposed to” or is it an indication of a dysfunctional system? A new poll (NBC News / Marist College) found that 52% of whites say they “have a great deal of confidence” that their local police treat African Americans and whites equally.  In the face of such denial and support of the status quo, would an embrace of Black Empowerment and Black Liberation Theology provide solutions that would better protect African American and Brown communities? Join the discussion with BRJA, Dr. Raymond Winbush and Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III. IMG_4230[1]IMG_4212[1]                   IMG_4224[1]IMG_4255[1]                   IMG_4215[1]IMG_4211[1]                   IMG_4209[1]IMG_4238[1]

Saturday, December 13th, 2014  – 3-5 pm

Purposeful Parenting: Strategies for Having Conversations about Structural Racism with ChildrenDecember2014_13ofmonth

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Join BRJA, Dr. Karsonya Whitehead–author of Letters to My Teenage Sons–and Dr. Ray Winbush–author of The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to rearing Healthy Black Boys–for the December 13th of the month event.  We will engage in conversations about the importance of talking to children about structural racism, including various tools for parents.  This event will also explore the benefits and challenges for parents and other caregivers of all races in facilitating this dialogue with children of all races. Over the past months, we have been looking at various aspects of the murder of Mike Brown by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. We talked with the family of Tyrone West in August, and with Baltimore youth in September.  This month we will talk with parents about how having these crucial conversations with their children will help youth, in age appropriate ways, understand and navigate the social trauma around them sustained by structural racism. Although this is an adult-centered discussion, it is a kid-friendly event and people of all ages are welcome to attend. 13th of the month programs are always FREE; we do appreciate donations, however, in order to continue to provide this public programming. BRJA is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Unnatural Causes: Pregnancy and Anti-BlacknessNOVEMBER2014_13ofmonth

Patterson Park Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21224

BRJA will continue discussing the Womb-to-Prison Pipeline and the criminalization of Black people in the U.S. in the realm of healthcare. This event will explore how experiencing the racism of everyday life and the anti-Blackness within healthcare system is physically dangerous to women of color during pregnancy. We will be viewing “Unnatural Causes: When the Bough Breaks” and discussing.  Audience participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of racism on pregnant women of color—using infant mortality rates to illustrate; and be able to identify policies that impact the health of women of color (and thus children and adults of all genders). Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of this organization, this program or its content by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Monday, October 13th, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Education, Indoctrination or Criminalization: The Womb to Prison Pipelineoctober2014_13ofmonth

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read St., Baltimore, Md. 21201

BRJA continues our series—sparked by the events in Ferguson—on the criminalization of Black and Brown peoples in the United States. This month we focus on how the criminalization of school-aged youth and the increasingly punitive school environment affects the education of young people.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – 3-5:00 pm

Policing Baltimore, Policing Ferguson: Rights, Resistance and Responsibility in BaltimoreSEPTEMBER2014_13ofmonth

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Here we are in the wake of Ferguson, responding again to acts of inhumane brutality in communities of color.The events that led to Michael Brown’s murder started hundreds of years ago, with the enslavement of African people. This legacy lives on in societal norms, policies, and practices that dehumanize and criminalize African Americans. Undue violence is used against children, for the crime of walking and existing while black. How else to explain that an unarmed teenager walking down the street was dead in three minutes of multiple gunshot wounds? Can any of us believe that if Michael Brown had been white, those three minutes would have ended the same way?Join Baltimore Racial Justice Actionto discuss and learn how we can make a difference.

August 13th, 2014

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201

Parking meters not in effect after 6pm. Enter church from Read St.

The Case for Reparations: It’s Not Just About SlaveryAugust2014Event

Join Baltimore Racial Justice Action and special guest Dr. Ray Winbush, author of Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations For The TransAtlantic Slave Trade for an interactive examination of the case for reparations.

Speaker, Dr. Ray Winbush, Video Here


Friday, June 13th, 2014  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Resisting Another Way: African American Artists on the Frontlines of Racial JusticeJune2014_13ofmonth

Jubilee Arts Center, 1947 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21217

Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Jubilee Arts are joining forces to present an African American arts expo. Visual artists, poets, dancers and vocalists whose work addresses structural, systemic racism and/or whose work has been impacted by structural racism will perform, display their art and talk about the intersections of race and their art. Besides straight talk about structural racism, you will be part of these artists’ efforts to unleash the power of art and their efforts to preserve important cultural legacies. The event is free.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Color-Coded School Discipline: Saving Our Students / Saving Our SchoolsMay2014_13ofmonth

American Brewery, 1st Floor, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore 21213 New studies reveal that African American youth, immigrants, and students with disabilities are suspended or expelled at more than 3 times the rates of white students — racial disparities in discipline that extend to even pre-school! As new national guidelines on school discipline are unveiled, WHAT CAN WE DO to change these dynamics in Maryland schools?  Is the problem intentional racial bias? Is it fueled by the implicit bias that criminalizes and dismisses youth if they do not fit the American model of white English-speaking, Anglo, middle-class communities?  Do the answers to those questions impact the appropriate strategy for changing the dynamic to one of racial equity? Come join us as we discuss “COLOR-CODED SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: Saving Our Students / Saving Our Schools.”

Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:00 pm

YES WelcomeShattered Bonds: Author Dorothy Roberts Speaks on the Color of Child Welfare

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Youth Empowered Society, 2315 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218 Join Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) and the Youth Empowered Society (YES) as we explore the issue of race and child welfare through the eyes of youth who have been impacted by it and through the scholarship of Dr. Dorothy Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts (2nd from left), Jaylah – youth speaker (2nd from right), Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Youth Empowered Society members

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Loney Nguyen, Introduces YES Youth Empowered Society Intro

Youth speaker, Jaylah

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Dorothy Roberts Event Video courtesy of New Lens

Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:00 pm

Mindy Fullilove in Conversation with Marisela GomezMarch2014_13ofmonth

Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21201

Join Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Red Emma’s presenting Mindy Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities, in Conversation with Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Cancelled due to inclement weather.

Black History Month: Does It Have a Role in 21st Century America?February2014_13ofmonth

American Brewery Building, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Black History Month has served a long and useful purpose in highlighting the achievements of African Americans — at least for one month out of twelve. But has the country’s increasing focus on “inclusion” and “diversity” eliminated the need for it today? Does its continuation further the goals of genuine inclusion, or does it keep African Americans firmly out of the “mainstream” of America? Join us as we discuss the history and future of Black History Month and perhaps gain a new perspective of your own.

Monday, January 13, 2014 6-8:00 pm

The Racial Politics of Economic & Community Development

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Baltimore is experiencing a “community development” revitalization, but for whose benefit and at whose expense? Does community and economic development have to mean “urban removal?” Does community development have to be a racialized win-lose game, or can it be created with a win-win model? What power do people of color have to save our communities and ourselves so that we are part of the city’s growth instead of viewed as problems. How can white people constructively step into communities of color and share those spaces without appropriating them and destroying those communities? Join us on January 13th as we have community leaders and specialists in various aspects of community development discuss these issues and offer suggestions for community development that works for everyone.

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CrackingtheCodesIn lieu of  a December 13th event, BRJA is co-sponsoring with OSI-Baltimore and the University of Baltimore the film screening of Cracking the Codes

Cancelled due to inclement weather.

“As American as Apple Pie” . . . and Structural Racism: Can Racial Justice and Cultural Inclusion Co-Exist With Euro-centric Holidays?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013  6:00- 8:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Christopher Columbus discovered America for the Europeans. The Vikings and indigenous people already knew it was here. The 4th of July celebrates the freedom of colonists from the tyranny of England, while Africans remained under the tyranny of enslavement. Thanksgiving celebrates the success of European colonization in the America’s but ignores the damage inflicted on indigenous cultures through the introduction of foreign diseases and deadly skirmishes for control of the land. New Year’s celebrates the arrival of a new year on the European calendar. Other cultures recognize other ways of tracking time. President’s Day celebrates two U. S. presidents who enslaved Africans. Is it self-hatred for peoples of color to celebrate these holidays, or is asking just political correctness run amok? Join BRJA where we will provide a space to talk about what it means for the identities of people of color, and what it means for white social justice advocates to celebrate Euro-centric holidays. Should we consider collective alternatives? Don’t miss this panel discussion during this “holiday season” regarding the institutionalization of Euro-centric holidays. Videography courtesy of New Lens

The Elephant in the Room: Privilege, Oppression and the Dynamics of Mixed Race

Sunday, October 13, 2013  4:00 – 6:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

Today, terms such as multi-generational mixed, bi-racial, and multi-racial are more in favor and “mixed race” is being touted as a path towards a post-racial, colorblind society. Do these terms and concepts move us forward in eliminating racial strata and color lines? Or is it just a re-packaged description of a same old racial labeling that reinforces the color line and the supremacy of whiteness in America? Baltimore Racial Justice Action examines the assumptions and U.S. societal context around the phenomenon of “mixed race”. Join us for a riveting discussion of race and it’s social, political and legal permutations.

African Americans & Mental Health: Harnessing Our Energies and Healing Our Spirits

Friday, September 13, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St. Baltimore, Md. 21213 Racism continues to have a negative impact on the mental health of African Americans. Instances of overt racism, negative stereotypes and acts of rejection have decreased, but the daily microaggressions, microinvalidations and microinsults continue to occur with measurable adverse consequences.  African Americans are more likely than the national average to believe that depression is normal. Sixty-three percent of African Americans believe that depression is a personal weakness.  Expressions of symptoms of physical illness that cannot be explained in medical terms are more common among African Americans than whites.[1] Are other peoples of color similarly impacted? Is depression normal for peoples of color living in the context of a cultural assumption of white superiority? Is the price of being a strong Black woman or a strong Black man our mental, physical and emotional health? Are we in denial, embarrassed, or ashamed to seek help? What do we as a community and as individuals need to do to promote healing of ourselves and our families? Join moderator Erica Taylor, Ph.D., data analyst for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO Associated Black Charities; Ray Winbush, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Michelle Gourdine, M.D., Principal Consultant for Michelle Gourdine & Associates, a health policy consulting firm as we harness our energies and heal our spirits.   [ 1] Mental Health America, African American Communities and Mental Health, http://www.nmha.org/go/action/policy-issues-a-z/cultural-competence/african-american-communities-and-mental-health

Co-sponsored by Associated Black Charities.Associated Black Charities Logo

The Criminal Justice System in the Time of Trayvon Martin: Justice or “Just Us?”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, what is our responsibility for our criminal justice system? Moderator A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities and senior consultant/trainer for Baltimore Racial Justice Action probes for answers from Ray Winbush, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Russell Neverdon, Esq., attorney for Christopher Brown; Camilla Roberson, staff attorney at the Public Justice Center; and Fraser Smith, senior news analyst for WYPR and Baltimore Sun columnist. Videography provided by New Lens

Race, Schools & the Struggle for Social Justice

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213

July 13th Poster

An interactive discussion on how structural racism is embedded in the American educational system. Topics include: – consequences of “colorblind multiculturalism” and how poor, Black students continue to be marginalized in curriculum – how Baltimore’s desegregation policy led to ongoing segregation, and factors contributing to segregation in Baltimore schools today – the current struggle for student rights and empowerment in Baltimore There will be time to share opportunities to act and support ongoing work for justice, given our varied relationships to Baltimore schools: student, graduate, teacher, parent, taxpayer or community member. Featuring: – Michaela Brown, Historian of the Baltimore Algebra Project and a student at Morgan State University – Dr. Antonia Randolph, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Christopher Newport University and author of The Wrong Kind of Different: Challenging the Meaning of Diversity in American Classrooms – Dr. Howell Baum, Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland and author of Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism Security-monitored parking available on both sides of the building and in the parking lot across Lanvale St.

Photography provided by Indigenous Lens Photographic Arts: info@theindigeniouslens.com

Race & the Media: Central Park Five Film & Dialogue

Thursday, June 13th, 2013  6:00 – 9:00 pm

American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., Baltimore, Md. 21213June 13th event poster

The Central Park Jogger case involved the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a white, female jogger in New York City’s Central Park on April 19, 1989. Five juvenile males—four black and one Hispanic—were tried and convicted for the crime. The sentences were vacated in 2002 (13 years later) when Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer serving a life sentence for other crimes, claimed to have committed the crime alone and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement in the rape. What went wrong that led to five teenagers being wrongly convicted? What role did the media play? What role did we viewers play? What can we do differently the next time? Join us to watch Ken & Sarah Burns’ documentary on the subject, Central Park Five, and discuss the implications for us today.

Where Are the Harriet Tubman’s of Today? The 21st Century Movement

Monday, May 13, 2013

Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. 21201


Poster for May 13th Event

100 years ago – 50 years ago—it was very easy to tell who we were fighting against, what we were fighting for, and who stood on what side. With the progress made, lines are not as easily seen; those who look like you may not be for you and those who don’t look like you may not necessarily be against you. Many 20th-century strategies are no longer effective and traditional alliances  have crumbled over ideology. As the concept of diversity gains traction, race-based issues and barriers that are fundamental to the creation and continuation of American society are pushed to the background instead of remaining at the forefront of America’s vision of equity. As the success of some has left others behind, is there the potential to rebuild, realign and restart a movement for the 21st century? Where are our Harriet TLeaders of a Beautiful Struggle logoubmans? Our James Earl Chaneys? Our Schwerners & Goodmans? Where are YOU? Come join us on May 13th as we discuss Where are the Harriet Tubman’s of Today? The 21st Century Movement. Co-sponsored by Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.   Videography provided by New Lens: http://www.newlens.info/

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

April 13th, 2013

April 13th Event Flyer A first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed as a white southerner who was “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail. Ostracized as a ‘red,’ she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice activists.” (www.annebradenfilm.org/ ) Co-sponsored by YWCA of Greater Baltimore. YWCA Greater Baltimore Logo

Girl Talk: Women & Race

March 13th, 2013Girl Talk Flyer, March 13, 2013

Okay, can we talk?  We know that we are not a “post-racial” society – or even close.  But does race STILL have an impactful stranglehold on our careers, our families, our cross-racial relationships, our daily lives? Or is it that we – as a society and as women – just cannot let go let go of America’s racial legacy, allowing it to define our lives? Diane Bell-McKoy, President/CEO, Associated Black Charities, moderated a panel discussion about the ways race impacts women’s lives. She wasjo ined by panelists Maria Welch Martinez, CEO, Respira Medical; Cindy Plavier-Truitt, Chief Development Officer, Humanim, Inc.; Caryn York,  Policy Associate, Job Opportunities Task Force and A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager, More in the Middle Initiative, Associated Black Charities. Baltimore Racial Justice Action and Associated Black Charities invite you – women AND men – to join us for Girl Talk: Women and Race. Co-sponsored by Associated Black Charities  Associated Black Charities Logo

Media & Race: Lincoln, Django Unchained & Re-envisioning History in 2013

February 13th, 2013

February 2013 Event PosterThe recent films Django Unchained and Lincoln, are both set in the mid-1860′s with enslavement as a major theme.  Anthony McCarthy, the host of the Anthony McCarthy show on WEAA moderated a panel discussion about these films with Dr. Ray Winbush of Morgan State University, Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dottye Burt-Markowitz and Erica K Taylor, Ph.D. both of Baltimore Racial Justice Action. Audience then participated in a facilitated discussion. Topics included what the films have to offer, what they omit, and what message we take away from them.

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Special Events

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Charles Cobb, Author of This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You KilledCharlesCobb

Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave.

Far too often, protestors (like those in Ferguson) are assumed to be breaking with the tried-and-true tradition of effective nonviolence the minute they dare to defend themselves.  In this critical new book, Charles E. Cobb Jr., civil rights scholar and SNCC veteran, sets the record straight, showing how armed self-defense played a key role in making the “nonviolent” civil rights movement possible. Sponsored by Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) and Red Emma’s Bookstore. Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. “Just for self defense,” King assured him. It was not the only weapon King kept for such a purpose; one of his advisors remembered the reverend’s Montgomery, Alabama home as “an arsenal.” Like King, many ostensibly “nonviolent” civil rights activists embraced their constitutional right to selfprotection—yet this crucial dimension of the Afro-American freedom struggle has been long ignored by history. In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. In the Deep South, blacks often safeguarded themselves and their loved ones from white supremacist violence by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms. In much the same way, Cobb shows, nonviolent civil rights workers received critical support from black gun owners in the regions where they worked. Whether patrolling their neighborhoods, garrisoning their homes, or firing back at attackers, these courageous men and women and the weapons they carried were crucial to the movement’s success. Giving voice to the World War II veterans, rural activists, volunteer security guards, and self-defense groups who took up arms to defend their lives and liberties, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the Second Amendment. Drawing on his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement and interviews with fellow participants, Cobb provides a controversial examination of the crucial place of firearms in the fight for American freedom.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:30 pmTRAYVONMARTIN_2014

Trayvon Martin: The Criminalization of Black & Brown Youth and How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21210

As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder, this two-hour program offers an opportunity to examine the criminalization of black and brown youth. We will look at personal feelings and consider both the racist narrative that underlies that tragedy and others, and the structural racism within American society.

BRJA Receives the YWCA Greater Baltimore’s 2013 Racial Justice Award

BRJA Members at YWCA Leader Lunch Left to right: Elizabeth DuVerlie, A. Adar Ayira, Tory McReynolds, Dottye Burt-Markowitz, Cynthia Taylor, Dianne Lyday, Maggie Potapchuk   Dottye Burt-Markowitz, co-founder BRJA, accepts the Racial Justice Award from YWCA Greater Baltimore Board President, Tara Andrews   Dottye Burt-Markowitz thanks YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Executive Director, Mary Chesnut

August 10, 2013

Bus Tour: Impact of Racism on Development in East Baltimore

Meet at United Evangelical Church of Christ in Canton, 3200 Dillon St., Baltimore, Md. 21224

Tour with Dr. Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America.  The tour will cover the story of how racist and classist policies and practices created a disinvested, low-income and working-poor African American community in Baltimore Maryland and what happened to the community as a result of “development”.  Participants will see the peripheral areas still experiencing similar characteristics of poverty and abandonment of the Middle East area before rebuilding began, with the same pattern of power and disempowerment previously existing between the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and Middle East Baltimore. Net proceeds from the tour will be used to purchase books for displaced residents. Net proceeds from the tour used to buy books for displaced residents.