TONIGHT: Black Girls Rock

Join the Pratt for an unforgettable night with Beverly Bond, creator of Black Girls Rock.

She will talk with R&B star Brave Williams about her new book, Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth, which pairs inspirational essays and affirmations with photographs.

WHAT: Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum


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In the book, Maxine Waters shares the personal fulfillment of service. Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank, and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication, and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic.  Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! Is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.

Beverly Bond is a women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator and social innovator. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the excellence and accomplishments of black women across sectors. Bond’s work as a businesswoman and community leader has earned her awards such as Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential Blacks in America, two Gracie Awards, and three NAACP Image Awards.

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This program is in partnership with Mahogany Books and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Inside the Walter Lord Collection

Walter Lord 1961. Trustee 1962-1980

Want to learn more about best-selling Baltimore author Walter Lord? Look no further than Digital Maryland.  The Walter Lord collection includes photographs, writings, scrapbooks and memorabilia of the author who rose to fame in the 1950’s.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lord enrolled at Gilman School as a fourth grader in 1926. In addition to running track and singing in the choir,  Lord served as president of the Literary Club, editor-in-chief of the Blue & Gray, copy editor of the Gilman News, and associate editor of the Cynosure. From a young age, Lord was fascinated by ships and the Titanic. At his 1935 graduation, Lord was awarded The Princeton-Gilman Alumni Cup for the best Sixth Form Speech for his speech on the sinking of the Titanic.

After Gilman, Lord attended Princeton University and Yale Law School.  He served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. In 1952, Walter Lord was praised for writing A Night to Remember, which detailed the last hours of the Titanic. In total, Lord wrote 12 best-selling books, including Day of Infamy (1957), The Dawn’s Early Light (1972), and The Miracle of Dunkirk(1982). In all his books, Lord combined extensive historical research and interviews with journalistic methods to make the reader feel that they are a part of the event.

This collection includes materials from Walter Lord’s personal collection, which Walter Lord donated to Gilman School, as well as materials donated by Jenny Lawrence, Lord’s biographer, after Lord’s death in 2002.

Check out the Walter Lord Collection on Digital Maryland now.