Lift Every Voice - A Conversation Through Time

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Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), Carey Business School Black Alumni Network (BAN), and Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)

Join the Hopkins community in celebration of Black History Month for Lift Every Voice - A Conversation Honoring Black Voices Through Time. This event will honor the past, the present, and the future of the African American community. The past will feature a rich panel discussion, Turning Back the Clock: Examining Integration and Affirmative Action moderated by Dr. Jaky Banks, Ed '10 featuring Tiffany Wright, Esq., Deputy General Counsel and Jessica Marie Johnson, Associate Professor of History. Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)  will provide a presentation and a student performance by the Melanotes. Enjoy the culinary expressions of Taste This, a local black owned business. 

Disclaimer: The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

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ABOUT Dr. Jacqueline 'Jaky' Banks, Ed '10
Author, Educator, Businesswoman & Mentor

Dr. Jacqueline 'Jaky' Banks, Ed '10 hails from a rural small village called Allen, located on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Dr. Banks is an advocate, avid reader and author with published romance short stories, articles and books. Dr. Banks is a graduate of Towson University, Salisbury University, Johns Hopkins University and Drexel University. 

Over the years she has worked and had professional titles include college professor, K-12 advanced certified teacher, retail store manager, executive director, project director, consultant, director, chief, publisher, editor, columnist. Jaky has enjoyed a professional career that includes being a state level political appointee. Her books and writings all serve as tools to bring awareness, improve lives, spark dialogue, bring change. 

ABOUT Tiffany Wright
Deputy General Counsel, Johns Hopkins University

Tiffany R. Wright joined the Johns Hopkins University as Deputy General Counsel in May 2023. Prior to joining Hopkins, Ms. Wright served as Associate Counsel for Racial Justice and Equity to President Joe Biden. In that position, she provided strategic and legal advice to the President, Vice President, and senior White House advisors on a wide array of legal issues, including Title IX, gender and LGBTQ+ equity, reproductive rights, clemency, and religious liberty.

Prior to her White House service, Ms. Wright directed the Civil Rights Clinic at the Howard University School of Law, and practiced in the Supreme Court and Appellate practices at two international law firms. She served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Wright earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Wright’s life and work have been profiled by the Washington Post, C-SPAN, USA Today, Reuters, and national podcasts.

ABOUT Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson
Associate Professor in the Department of History, Johns Hopkins University

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University and a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. She is the author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2020), winner of the 2021 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize of the American Studies Association, the 2021 Wesley-Logan Prize form the American Historical Association, the 2021 Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Prize for Outstanding Original Scholarship on Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora from the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, the 2021 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award for Best Book in Southern History from the Southern Historical Association, the 2020 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize for Louisiana History, the 2020 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize,  the 2020 Rebel Women Lit Caribbean Readers' Award for Best Non-Fiction Book, an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Pauli Murray Book Award from the African American Intellectual History Society, and a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute.

Johnson is an internationally recognized digital humanist. Johnson is the Director of LifexCode: Digital Humanities Against Enclosure and Senior Research Associate with the Center for the Digital Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Johnson is PI of Black Beyond Data, a Black studies computational and social sciences lab, with co-PIs Kim Gallon and Alexandre White. Alongside Dr. Yomaira C. Figueroa, Johnson also co-organizes the Diaspora Solidarities Lab, a Mellon-funded multi-university initiative applying Black feminist methodologies to collaborative scholarship. Johnson's essay, "Markup Bodies: Black [Life] Studies and Slavery [Death] Studies at the Digital Crossroads" is widely recognized as a ground-breaking intervention in the fields of Black studies, digital humanities and data science. Johnson is co-editor with Lauren Tilton and David Mimno of Debates in the Digital Humanities: Computational Humanities. She is guest editor of Slavery in the Machine, a special issue of archipelagos journal (2019) and co-editor with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017).

Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition,The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, American Quarterly, Social Text, The Journal of African American History, the William & Mary Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Forum Journal, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), Somatosphere and Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (DHPoco) and her book chapters have appeared in multiple edited collections.

ABOUT Jerrell Bratcher
President, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Johns Hopkins University

Jerrell Bratcher currently serves as President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) of Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Bratcher joined Johns Hopkins University in 2016, in Development and Alumni Relations with the Principal Gifts and Leadership Programs. He currently works at the Whiting School of Engineering.

Some of Jerrell’s work include:

  • Member, 2020 JHU Roadmap Task Force Working Group
  • Recipient, 2019 Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service
  • Recipient, 2023, 2019 Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) Diversity Leadership Award
  • Recipient, 2019 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award
  • Founder & Inaugural Committee Member, DRIVE Diversity Advisory Council

The mission of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is to help foster a culture of oneness for all by serving as an advocate that is dedicated to promoting and enhancing identity and professional welfare and growth through collaborations, community service, education, research, outreach and cultural activities among faculty, staff and students; and to be a critical resource for the continued success of Johns Hopkins in pursuit of its objectives towards an inclusive community by developing and cultivating working relationships with key administrators and operating units.

Since its the founding in 1995, the BFSA pre-eminently stands as an active organization across this institution with a strong mission, indispensable history, and deep legacy.

 Event Date
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Start Time: 6:00pm EST
End Time: 8:00pm EST

Johns Hopkins University, Gilman Atrium

Bowman Dr
Johns Hopkins University, Hackerman Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218

Office of Alumni Relations
Thomas Outlen
Assistant Director of Identity and Shared Interest

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Current JHU undergraduate and graduate students. Status will be verified.

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