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Banneker-Douglass Museum
Anti-Racism Initiative
FY 2021 Accomplishments 

We believe education can help end racism. Contributions from caring individuals
and others fuel progress to creatively educate the public about
race and rights in Maryland. We invite you to join us!

Through its signature Anti-Racism Initiative, The Banneker-Douglass Museum, a State entity operated by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC), reached more than 40,000 people this year to learn about Maryland’s Black history, the origins of racism, anti-racist practices, and racial equity. The Museum’s engaging educational programs, exhibits, and trainings are critical, especially now, toward building a more inclusive and just State and nation. Contributions make programs accessible to the public, and continue to support activities designed to motivate change for the common good. Read a snapshot of FY21 Museum activities below:

Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC)

The newly-formed ARC committee is made up of expert educators, community leaders, and activists. Committee members advise the Banneker-Douglass Museum leadership and Commissioners on developing relevant programs, exhibitions, and visitor experiences that promote anti-racism in Maryland. In April, ARC presented its inaugural anti-racism training, “The Foundations of Racism: Defining the Roots of Bigotry and Discrimination Against Black People in America”, to more than 180 participants. ARC is currently working on presenting a 3-D exhibit next year, “Deep Roots, Rising Waters.”

Anti-Racism Training Series

The Anti-Racism Community Training Series featured leading experts and scholars in African American history and racial equity. The April 2021 event hosted nearly 200 participants who learned how to

  • Examine key concepts of racial equity and structural racism
  • Engage in constructive conversations about race within their networks
  • Develop tools and practices for counteracting racial bias
  • Apply strategies to advance racial equity


Virtual Education Programs

This pandemic year, patrons explored Maryland’s social justice, civil and voting rights history, and received educational materials that promoted anti-racism practices and methods. Featured programs online were: The Black Vote Mural Project Virtual Youth Conference, and The Power of the Black Vote Symposium with Eddie Brown, President & Founder, Brown Capital Management. These events yielded 5,000 viewers.

New Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

This full-time, interim position, funded in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, ensures that the Museum continues to produce groundbreaking exhibitions and forge creative partnerships promoting Black social justice history and causes. Contributions will help to retain the creative talent that makes programming come to life.

Major Partnerships

The Banneker-Douglass Museum developed an educational live and online series of Black History and Anti-Racism programs and initiatives engaging diverse audiences with major partners, to include: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Visit Annapolis, Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, and Bowie State University.

Robert James