This year (2016) marks the 101st anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth. Baltimore, MD, the place where she grew to maturity, will serve as the focus of an international effort to commemorate Holiday’s contribution to 20th century music. Moreover, the year will serve as an opportunity to explore the highly regarded singer’s life struggles as a Black artist in early mid-century America.
These pages will provide some elemental facts about the life and career of Billie Holiday. They will also announce events throughout the centennial year of interest to scholars, music lovers and curious students of Great American Music. Here we will answer: