4.11.21   2:00 PM


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The Pleasant View Historic Site is comprised of the Quince Orchard Colored School, the Pleasant View Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Pleasant View Cemetery. These buildings were once the center of the African American community of Quince Orchard, MD. They stand as a testament to history. This event is an opportunity to preserve and restore the physical church and schoolhouse.


This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Mike Muse
Co-founder of Muse Recordings, Mike is a Music Executive, Pop Culture Expert, Political Expert, and Change Agent. By intersecting politics and pop culture, Mike uses his platform to create social change. As an industrial engineer turned media entrepreneur.
Mike is host of SiriusXM’s award winning show, “The Mike Muse Show,” Co-host of “Sway in the Morning,” Co-Host of ABC previous talk show “Real Live,” now an ABC Contributor.
Jason Green
A fifth generation descendant of Quince Orchard, Maryland, Green recognizes that he would not have been afforded the opportunities he has but for the sacrifices of those forward thinking few in Quince Orchard.
Tiffany Haigler
Tiffany is from Orangeburg, SC. She is a lawyer with the Federal Government. As a Duke Undergraduate, she only knows one type of blue. She has been singing in church since she can remember, and is now a member of a local a cappella group, Capital Blend.
Jordan Steffy
Once a Quarterback, always a quarterback…Jordan calls the plays for the team so we can score for our Attollo Scholars. Nothing is off limits—staff all-nights, 7:00 AM team basketball games, and 5 Before 5 (running 5 miles before 5AM) — as he asks nothing of his team that he wouldn’t do himself. Between CDCF, UniVision (the bilingual Day Care Center he co-founded), and Xylem (a mentoring app company he co-founded), Jordan takes his dreams and turns them into reality.
Ryann Richardson
Ryann Richardson made history when she became the 50th Anniversary Miss Black America, taking up the mantle of the country’s first pageant and nationally televised celebration of women of color. Before that, the tech marketer-turned-founder and Diversity & Inclusion leader spent 10 years building brands and shaping internal culture for companies spanning from early-stage startups (Victor) to billion-dollar "unicorns" (Uber) to the Fortune 500 (T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom).
Khiné Bonner
Khiné Bonner is a producer, editor, colorist, and media literacy educator. He also was a 2018 Docs In Progress Fellow. He's designed and developed youth media and filmmaking curriculum for a myriad of nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area and he's also the lead editor at TEK Creative, a small production agency based in Washington, DC. Khiné's clients have included the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Luce Arts Foundation, the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club.
Charmion Kinder
As the Head of Global Public Relations for Global Citizen, a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty, eradicate climate change and end gender inequality by 2030, and most recently as the Director of Communications for Discovery Education, where she oversaw targeted press engagement for ed tech impact initiatives that aimed to uplift 51 million students around the globe, Charmion believes that “service is the rent we pay for life.”
Joshua DuBois
CEO, author, and media commentator, Joshua DuBois is one of our country’s top voices on community partnerships, issues impacting African Americans, and religion in the public square. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Obama. In the White House he brought together community leaders from across the ideological spectrum to tackle some of the nation’s biggest challenges. Joshua is now CEO of Gauge (, a market research company.
Patty Dirlam
Jerome Price
Jerome Price is a teacher of Advanced Placement United States History and African American History for Montgomery County Public Schools. He founded and continues to coordinate the Jaguars Scholars Leadership Program (JSLP), an award-winning organization that aims to build the leadership capacity of its African American and Latinx student members at Richard Montgomery High School. Student leaders meet weekly and are provided opportunities for mentorship.
Kisha Davis, MD
A Quince Orchard, MD native, Dr. Davis received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, received her M.D. from the University of Connecticut, was Chief Resident during her residency at the University of Maryland, and earned a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Rev. Gerard Green
David Blair
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Led by Docs In Progress teaching artist, Khiné Bonner, and assistant, Mariam Salahvarzi, in this online documentary workshop Students learned the artistic and technical skills of filming a documentary. Below are the two short films Miles H. (Grade X) and a joint project between Muhummed B., Sulevman B., and Yusef Q. (Grade X). Thank you to everyone who participated in this project and contributed to building the next generation of storytellers. 

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"BlackRock Community and the Arts"
By Miles Hecklinger
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"Scietech2U: A New Way for Education"
By Muhammed B., Suleyman B., Yusef Q.
Thank you to BlackRock Center for the Arts for hosting today's event!
Your generous contributions help support our critical operations, virtual arts education programming, live streaming events, services at the Upcounty Consolidation Hub, and online art exhibits. Your donation will keep BlackRock operating until we can celebrate the arts together again.