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When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States’ total wealth. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. Studying these institutions over time, Mehrsa Baradaran challenges the myth that black communities could ever accumulate wealth in a segregated economy. Instead, housing segregation, racism, and Jim Crow credit policies created an inescapable, but hard to detect, economic trap for black communities and their banks.

Baradaran challenges the long-standing notion that black banking and community self-help is the solution to the racial wealth gap. These initiatives have functioned as a potent political decoy to avoid more fundamental reforms and racial redress. Examining the fruits of past policies and the operation of banking in a segregated economy, she makes clear that only bolder, more realistic views of banking’s relation to black communities will end the cycle of poverty and promote black wealth.

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In the 1960s and '70s, a diverse range of storefronts--including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers--brought the work of the New Left, Black Power, feminism, environmentalism, and other movements into the marketplace. Through shared ownership, limited growth, and democratic workplaces, these activist entrepreneurs offered alternatives to conventional profit-driven corporate business models. By the middle of the 1970s, thousands of these enterprises operated across the United States. Most didn't survive more than a few years, but a new generation of worker-owned businesses and radical storefronts carry on this tradition today.

Local author Joshua Davis uncovers the historical roots of today's interest in social enterprise and fair trade, while also showing how major corporations such as Whole Foods Market have adopted the language--but not the mission--of liberation and social change.

Join Socialist Worker columnist and author of "Socialism... Seriously" Danny Katch for the launch of his new book, Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People.

“The perpetual choice between the corrupt Republican Party or the inept Democratic Party has left millions of people without a real alternative in the contests that are supposed to determine our political representation. With wit and clarity, Katch argues for social movements, political activism, and socialism as the alternatives we need to win the world we want. Get this book!”
—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation 

Black women have a long history of using humor to fight oppression.  Join the Black Ladies Brunch Collective for a celebration of joy as resistance, and hear poems on sexuality, Prince and Harriet Tubman from our first collection, Not Without Our Laughter.

The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is a group of Black women poets dedicated to building celebratory spaces for us, and by us. Collective members include Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Cross Davis,  celeste doaks, Tafisha Edwards, and Katy Richey.

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My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter is poet Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world.

Textured with the sights and sounds of growing up in East New York in the nineties, to school on the South Side of Chicago, all the way to the olive groves of Palestine, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, genocide, displacement, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and Black joy.

Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American poet, performer, and educator from Brooklyn. She has been awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry and the Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, as well as the New York City YWCA’s “One to Watch Award.” She is the author of The Black Unicorn Sings and the co-editor, with Saul Williams, of Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. She lives in Little Haiti, Miami, where she is a co-founder of Smoke Signals Studio and dedicates her time merging arts and culture in community organizing with the Dream Defenders and the Community Justice Project.

Help us open the first children's museum for African heritage and culture - right here in Baltimore! The mission of the Sankofa Children's Museum of African Cultures is to build and operate a world-class living and interactive children's African museum in Baltimore. We are honored to be a part of this project by hosting an African storytelling and music night at Red Emma's to raise awareness and donations for this important project! Free for all, but donations are appreciated! Please visit to learn more! Don't miss this amazing event!

How can a nurse deliver effective and compassionate health care to people who use drugs? Bevel Up follows a team of street nurses as they reach out to youth, sex workers, and street entrenched men and women the the alleys and hotels of Vancouver's inner city. Most importantly, the nurses reflect on the attitudes they bring to their work- attitudes that can make or break the relationship needed to successfully provide practical and nonjudgmental health care. This amazing film is presented in Baltimore by Nurses with Justice, in collaboration with Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition and Bmore Power, and marks the start of the new Red Emma's Harm Reduction program that you have so generously helped to fund (! Please come out and support these important organizations who are doing essential work in our city!!

Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University), author of the newly released Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington. D.C. will discuss the unique and important role of black women in making Washington an intellectual, cultural, social, and political capital for African Americans in the early twentieth century. Black women in post-slavery Washington during this period fought against racism and sexism. They created specific spaces for black women to thrive and imagine new possibilities. The lasting impact of these women is felt throughout the city and has been woefully under-explored. This talk will introduce the world black women in Washington inhabited and shaped through their creativity, resiliency, and unwavering, but multidimensional commitment to freedom and equality.

How do we move past the micro-aggressions and other small infractions that limit us from moving forward? How can more privileged people be allies? How do you deal with microaggressions when you are in a position of leadership? What does it mean to be both non-hierarchical and express boundaries? 

Join us as we celebrate the release of Tongo Eisen Martin’s Heaven is All Goodbyes with a poetry reading by local poets Slangston Hughes and Olu Butterfly.

Following the poetry reading, a panel discussion will examine the role of cultural organizing in contemporary America. This panel discussion will be centered around:  What does it mean to be a person of color who is an arts administrator in 2017? What does it mean to be an artist in 2017? As the landscape of arts institutions and arts organizations shift, how do arts presenters that focus on work by people of color continue to thrive and survive?

America makes corpses of young Black males. We gaze upon these corpses outraged by yet another death, but when Black men suffer- when they are dying- do we hear their voices or demand their silence? When Black men are sodomized by police, or raped by men and women in their own communities as young boys, do we refuse them an audience for their pain?

Far too often, Black men are denied sexual vulnerability because they are thought to be men, patriarchs, perpetrators of violence- not victims. Dr. Curry will discuss why academics and activists alike have great difficulty in imagining Black males as victims of racist and sexual violence in America, and how this neglect shows the need for a Black Male Studies.

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In honor of LGBTQ History Month AND the need for LGBTQ-inclusive education in K-12 schools, join us for a night of LGBTQ trivia!

GLSEN Maryland is working to create safe and welcoming schools for LGBTQ youth in Maryland. Show your support for LGBTQ youth in schools and school your friends with your LGBTQ knowledge!

Gather a team or play by yourself! $5.00 suggested donation per team member. Teams consist of 1-6 people. All proceeds benefit GLSEN Maryland. Team sign-ups happen at the event.

This event is ALL AGES, LGBTQ youth are welcome and encouraged!

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