COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1915. She spent much of her childhood in East Baltimore and gave her first ever public performance in Fell’s Point. She lived in Baltimore until 1927, when she moved to New York City.
She was “discovered” in 1933 at a Harlem nightclub. That same year, she recorded her first commercial session with Columbia Records.
Holiday was known for using her voice to comment on injustices and issues plaguing the nation. Through her music and lyrics, she spoke out against racism and discrimination against African-Americans.
March is Women’s History Month. Meet Elizabeth Ann Seton, another historic and influential Maryland woman.