Press Release

Benefit Concert of Funk, Folk, Jazz and Spirituals for Nurse Unjustly Fired from Johns Hopkins Hospital

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This is What Solidarity Sounds Like!

A benefit concert featuring an eclectic mix of music by Baltimore musicians will be held at Union Baptist Church on March 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. to support nurses’ organizing efforts for better patient care at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
All proceeds will go to RN Vivian Obijekwu who was unjustly fired by the hospital after leading African American nurses on her unit in speaking out for equitable treatment of nursing staff and improvements in patient care. She was terminated shortly after she requested FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers so she could care for her baby due in early May.

“We’re thrilled with the outpouring of support for this benefit concert from musicians and community organizations,” said Josh Pickett, RN. “We extend a warm welcome to all those who want to support Vivian and the nurses in our fight for fair treatment and quality patient care. Join us as we lift our spirits with the sound of solidarity!”
"Baltimore Symphony Musicians are pleased to support the effort to win Vivian’s reinstatement after her unfair dismissal, and we support all Hopkins nurses in their quest for a just workplace where they can provide excellent care for patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital," said Greg Mulligan, Co-chair Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Players Committee.
Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., Pastor of Union Baptist Church explained why they opened their doors to the benefit concert: “Union Baptist Church is The Servant Church. It has and continues to have a long legacy in being a place of advocacy for those in need. Nurse Vivian has a helping spirit and in her quest for support, Union Baptist Church is her place of solace.”

Musical Program:

  • Ryan Harvey, “riot folk” artist blending story telling with punk and hip hop stylings.
  • Brooks Long, known for his fresh takes on funk, soul and R&B.
  • Update! Ensemble of 13 Baltimore Symphony Musicians performing an original composition, jazz and classical selections and traditional African American spirituals.

Ticket and venue information:

Tickets are available at the door and on line at Benefit Concert Tix
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Free onsite parking.
Wheelchair accessible.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m.
Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore
The concert is sponsored by National Nurses United/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Union Baptist Church, Metro Baltimore AFM Local 40-543, BRACE-Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment, Teachers and Researchers United Johns Hopkins University, United Workers, Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO, and AFL-CIO.