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Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library in person events are cancelled out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.

Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.

Brown Lecture Series: Donald Bogle, Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers

Donald Bogle will be in conversation with Sandra Gibson, Executive Director of the Maryland Film Festival. The program is presented in partnership with Maryland Film Festival.

The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle.

Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in films and entertainment history. His nine books include the groundbreaking Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks; the award-winning Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams; the bestselling Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; and Brown Sugar, which the author adapted into a PBS documentary series. Bogle has appeared on numerous television and radio programs; and in such documentaries as Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American. He was a special commentator and consultant for Turner Classic Movies' award-winning series Race and Hollywood. Bogle teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His most recent book is HOLLYWOOD BLACK: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers.

Books will be available for purchase at a signing after the program.

Free, no registration required. Seating is first come, first serve. Please note that marking interest does not reserve a seat. 

Re-opening activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Sandra R. Berman.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Thursday, March 19 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History, Brown Lecture Series

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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