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Opening Night Was a Success! 
Hateful Things & Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes
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Wednesday, September 5, 6:30pm

Author Talk: If I Survive
The Frederick Douglass Family’s “Struggle for Liberty”
by Celeste-Marie Bernier

While there have been many public Frederick Douglass – the
abolitionist, the statesman, the orator, the editor, the politician
– it is now time to trace the many private lives of Douglass as a
family man. Sharing untold stories, this talk traces the activism,
artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but
alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters
and sons. Working with unpublished writings, letters and
speeches and photographs, we learn that the fight for freedom
was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their
lives. A book signing will follow with the author.

Let us know you are coming.



Sunday, September 9, 2pm

Sunday @ 2 Films Double Feature: Black Memorabilia (62 min) & Ethnic Notions (56 min)


Black Memorabilia

From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary Brooklyn, we observe the people and places that reproduce, consume and reclaim BLACK MEMORABILIA. Moving beyond perverse collectibles that serve as reminders of America’s troubled racial history, the film combats stereotypes and presents a poetic portrait of the people who consume, manufacture and assume the identities of these objects.

Ethnic Notions 
Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing  deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice through popular culture by examining cartoons, feature films, popular songs, household artifacts and children's rhymes. The documentary focuses on evaluating the stereotypical characters of the Sambo, the Brute, the Coon and the Mammy, and it shows how such derogatory depictions have led to the justification of racism.   

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Saturday, Sept 15, 1pm

Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues

Join the museum in a conversation examining how Black women are represented and perceived in today’s popular culture. Writer and researcher Natasha R. Howard will examine the role  of Black women in reality television, film, hip hop, advertising and social/digital media from the essay book collection, Black Women and Popular Culture, The Conversation Continues.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Black Women: Images & Perceptions In Popular Culture 

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Thursday, September 20th, 6pm

3rd Thursday Happy Hour Outdoors - The Rumba Club

Mix with us under the stars while enjoying some of the hottest groups in the area. A whole new vibe for your 3rd Thursday experience!

Add a bit of luxury to your evening! Take an exclusive late night tour, listen to live music, have a culinary treat and match it up with one of our signature drinks. 3rd Thursdays offer up an experience unlike any other. The Lewis Museum and WEAA 88.9 presents 3rd Thursdays.

Doors open at 5pm. Show starts at 6pm. 

Performer: The Rumba Club, Latin Jazz

At the Door - Members - $8/ Non-Members - $10

Cash bar and food are available for purchase

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Saturday, September 22, 1pm

Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies: Unpacking Hateful Things & Contemporary Practices

This race conversation will trace the legacy of Jim Crow as revealed in objects used to dehumanize African Americans and will then connect this legacy to contemporary circumstances in Baltimore and beyond. This event is in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Africana Studies.  

In conjunction with the Jim Crow Black Memorabilia exhibition, Hateful Things

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Annual Gala 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Party with a purpose as you support the authentic voice of African American art, history and culture in Maryland. Your evening will include music, food, drinks, entertainment and an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at “Romare Bearden: Visionary Artist” - an unforgettable exhibition that will be the talk of art lovers this fall.

Get your tickets and become a sponsor today at lewismuseum.org. 



New Exhibitions

Hateful Things
On view August 30, 2018 - October 14, 2018
2nd Floor Gallery

Contains material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. In the early 1830s Thomas D. Rice created the antebellum character Jim Crow. "Daddy Rice," as he was called, was a white actor who performed in black face a song-and-dance whose exaggerations popularized racially demeaning minstrel shows. The name "Jim Crow" came to denote segregation in the 19th century when southern and border states passed Jim Crow laws; legitimizing a racial caste system. This exhibition contains examples of our segregated and racist past.


Reclaiming Racist Stereotypes 
On view August 30th - October 14, 2018
2nd Floor Gallery

A small exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists Arvie Smith, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott and Sanford Biggers, who are among several artists exploring and reclaiming images of our shared racial past.

USBC Statement on National Black Business Month 

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Krystal Glass
Washington, DC- The U.S. Black Chambers Inc. President Ron Busby released the following statement in honor of National Black Business Month:
"This month Black Americans must make it an intention to show-up and support our nation's Black-owned businesses. With today's online technology supporting a Black-owned business is easier than ever.
It's paramount that Black Americans see Black Business Month as a serious economic initiative to promote economic stability in the Black community. We know the horrendous statistic of the dollar circulating in the White community for 17 days, the Asian community 30 days, and in the Black community only 6 hours. A viable solution to keeping the dollar circulating in our community is to simply support Black-owned businesses during National Black Business Month, and beyond, it must be a lifestyle and a dedicated commitment to the economic stability of the Black community.
We commend friend and advocate of the USBC, John William Templeton, co-founder of National Black Business Month. National Black Business Month isn't a trend, it's a necessity." 
As the voice of Black business owners, the USBC strongly encourages Black business owners to advocate and promote National Black Business Month. We also encourage consumers to utilize our Black Business Directory as a resource to finding Black-owned businesses. 
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As the Washington Post reported, we offered our own take on the State of the Union last night:

“Even before President Trump took to the lectern to deliver his first State of the Union speech, the rebuttal was well underway at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington.”

Our event – The Real State of Our Union – gathered academics and activists for a frank assessment of President Trump’s impact on African-American and immigrant communities. Watch a live recording of the event here.

Leaders of different generations, political parties, and faiths called upon us to build a coalition that stands for unity and justice. They reminded us that no matter the half-truths that the administration tells, we must be steadfast in our resistance.

While Trump rallied for a wall on the Mexican border and took credit for a low Black unemployment rate, our panelists called attention to critical civil rights concerns in 2018: rampant voter suppression, a corrupt criminal justice system, and attacks on immigrant communities.

Our best weapon against Trump’s divisive words and deeds? The vote. In a democracy, our vote is our currency. We must protect it with everything we have and use it at every turn.

Join the thousands who are fighting every day to make democracy work for everyone.




Thank you for standing up for justice and the strength of our union.

In solidarity,

President and CEO


Photo credit: Justin D. Knight

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INTREN Opens East Coast Headquarters

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Cuts Ribbon
Welcoming Specialty Utility Contractor

To support its corporate expansion across the country, WBE utility specialty contractor, INTREN, announced the opening of its new east coast regional office in Baltimore. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Catherine Pugh commemorated the occasion on Wednesday, January 17 at the company’s new headquarters.

The facility will assist with INTREN’s increased demands for services and represents the first regional headquarters for the company on the east coast.   The move enables INTREN to offer its complete range of construction service solutions to new and existing customers throughout the region.

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About INTREN: 
For 29 years, INTREN has been an innovative solution partner, dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. Their commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, powers their success in offering turnkey services many of the country's foremost utility companies, contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives. INTREN.com

ESSENCE Reestablished As 100% Black-Owned


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Krystal Glass


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January 4, 2018 (Washington, DC)- Essence Ventures LLC announced its acquisition of ESSENCE Communications Inc. from Time Inc, which re-establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-owned independent company. Additionally, ESSENCE will now have an all Black female executive team. Following the news, USBC President Ron Busby released the following statement:

"Since 1970 ESSENCE Magazine has been the voice of Black women, honoring and celebrating their lives and contributions to the world. ESSENCE Communication's recent acquisition by Essence Ventures LLC is a testament to this commitment. We are so proud to stand alongside Michelle Ebanks, president of ESSENCE, and her all-Black female executive team as they chart a new course in Black media ownership and consumption.

"Now that Richelieu Dennis and Essence Ventures have made this purchase, making ESSENCE one of few 100% Black-owned media companies, it's up to us to renew our subscriptions. Ownership is one part of the equation; the other is supporting our Black-owned businesses.

"The US Black Chambers salutes Michelle and ESSENCE Magazine, and Essence Ventures. Thank you for your commitment to our community. We are so excited to see what's next."

First Black Astronaut Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Remains a Forgotten Pioneer


"December  8, 2017 will be a Historical day@ NASA. Thanks to  Our beloved (great) Fraternity OMEGA PSI PHI"


Guests: Diana Grady, Veronica Wright
Topic: Partnering for Success - Grady Wright & Associates

GBBCC President Kendrick Tilghman Featured in BBJ Podcast

Podcast: What minority-owned businesses are doing to help each other

Kendrick Tilghman says the thing he sees new minority-owned businesses struggle with the most is marketing.

As the president of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce, Tilghman is constantly meeting with new business owners, giving them advice and helping to establish important connections. But all too often, these businesses have a tough time telling their story and attracting clients.

Find the rest of the article and the podcast here: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2017/03/20/podcast-what-minority-owned-businesses-are-doing.html

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