FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ramunda Lark Young
A Conversation and Book Signing with Morehouse Professor and CNN Political Contributor Marc Lamont Hill
Presented by MahoganyBooks in partnership with Union Baptist Church and Radio Host Marsha Jews
Woodbridge, VA, July 14, 2016 – MahoganyBooks in partnership with Union Baptist Church present a Conversation and Book Signing with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. The event will feature Dr. Hill, a noted scholar, Morehouse professor, and CNN political contributor, discussing his new book Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.
The event will be held at Union Baptist Church, located at 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore, MD, on August 4, 2016 at 6:30PM. Doors will open at 6:00PM. To RSVP for this community event, visit www.mahoganybooks.com/events as seating is limited.
This timely event will occur just one month after the unfortunate events in Baton Rouge, LA, Falcon Heights, MN, and Dallas, TX reminds us of the dire need for a nationwide dialogue on race, class, power, and accountability. Baltimore and the surrounding communities are acutely aware of the necessity to engage in productive dialogue that heals the unresolved feelings lingering from the death of Freddy Gray while also charting a way forward with proactive solutions. This event with Dr. Hill will provide such a forum for discussion, reflection, and bold answers to relieve the tensions in our communities. “There is no better place, no better time to have this poignant conversation than in Baltimore, MD, right here and right now with Dr. Hill facilitating the narrative,” said Ramunda Lark Young, MahoganyBooks Co-Founder.
“MahoganyBooks is honored to bring Marc Lamont Hill to Baltimore, MD for a book signing and author talk. In light of the recent developments in the police involved deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a renewed conversation is needed to confront the root issues that create mistrust between African American communities and police,” said Derrick Young, Co-Founder of MahoganyBooks. “Union Baptist Church has long been on the cutting edge of creative community dialogue and engagement. It hosted and launched Ta-Nehisi’s award winning book, “Between the World and Me.” Now it’s poised to launch Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s new book at a critical point in time,” says Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church. “The corner of Druid Hill and Dolphin was the fourth stop of the Freddie Gray fateful police van ride. This conversation will place that and other situations in a national discussion.”
Started in 2007 by an enterprising husband and wife duo, MahoganyBooks is an award-winning online bookstore that specializes in the sale of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. At its core, MahoganyBooks is a company that firmly believes in improving its community through social entrepreneurship, using literature to empower its community politically, economically, and socially, and increasing access and awareness of culturally relevant books. Find out more at www.mahoganybooks.com. You can also contact Derrick Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (703) 730-3873.
About Union Baptist Church
The church has an extremely rich history in the civil rights movement, starting in 1892 with its withdrawal from the Maryland Baptist Union Association because of its discrimination. In 1897, Rev. Dr. Harvey Johnson, Union Baptist Church’s 5th Pastor, was the minister who organized the Colored Baptist Convention. Johnson, a friend of W.E.B. DuBois, established the Niagara Movement, which was a prototype for the NAACP. He also filed a lawsuit to gain equal pay for black teachers and to make it possible for black lawyers to practice in the state of Maryland. The planning meetings preceding the Niagara Movement were at Union Baptist Church. Dr. Johnson also filed a lawsuit and won the first case in the U.S. striking down the identification of Negroes as cargo in interstate commerce. During this time thirteen churches were established from Union’s congregation, five of which are still in existence today.
On October 3, 2010, Union Baptist Church’s main sanctuary building was dedicated for being placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States National Parks Service. This honor was bestowed because of the significance of Rev. Dr. Harvey Johnson and the architect of the main sanctuary, Mr. William J. Beardsley. The stain glass windows in the main sanctuary were created by Mr. John LeFarge, the internationally known inventor of the art of using opalescent strained glass.
About Marsha Jews
Marsha Jews is host of WEAA’s Keep It Moving with Marsha Jews, which airs Mondays from 7-8 p.m. Marsha is a veteran media personality and public speaker with more than 20 years of executive level work experience. She is editor-at-large at World Bride Magazine and runs a consultancy practice, The Bissell Street Group, which specializes in business and relationship development, event planning, and marketing. Prior to founding Bissell Street, Marsha was president/COO/associate publisher for Career Communications Group; executive director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland; and vice president of operations for the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition. She is a co-founder of the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference.
Marsha is a noted public speaker, and has spoken to audiences on topics ranging from leadership, diversity, work/life balance, entrepreneurship, and breaking the glass ceiling.