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Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
11:00 – 3:00PM EST
BANNEKER-DOUGLASS MUSEUM
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Join us for our 2022 Kwanzaa celebration! This year’s festivities will focus on the creativity (Kuumba) of the people of the African Diaspora. We will highlight the museum’s current exhibit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, while presenting live African dance and storytelling performances, Black-owned businesses, and a catered luncheon of delicious soul food.

11:00am | Doors Open

11:30  | Program Begins 

11:45 | Nas I. Afi – Storyteller

12:00 | Commissioner Cheryl McLeod – Harambee, Lighting of Kinara & Kwanzaa Table Presentation

12:30pm | Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company


PREVIOUS EVENTS

Exhibit Opening Reception: The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
6:00 – 9:00PM EST
BANNEKER-DOUGLASS MUSEUM
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy. In collaboration with world renowned curator,  Myrtis Bedolla, the Banneker-Douglass Museum will feature works by fifteen Black Maryland-based artists and portraits from BDM’s Fine Art collection. On this day attendees will enjoy art, music, light fare, the museum’s permanent exhibits and of course, each other!


MCAAHC Symposium 2022 Flyer

MCAAHC Fall 2022 Symposium: The Pursuit of Organizational Health, Healing and Wholeness in the African American Community

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 8:00AM – 3:00PM & FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, 8:00AM – 5:00PM
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
University Student Center, 1700 Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251

We invite you to join the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) for this year’s symposium, which aims to focus on, The Pursuit of Organizational Health, Healing and Wholeness in the African American Community. This two-day symposium is presented in partnership with the Dubois Diggs Center for Racial Justice and the Benjamin A. Quarles Humanities and Social Science Institute, both of Morgan State University. Please join us as we keep in the tradition of the commission’s upliftment of Maryland’s African American communities through mentorship, the providing of training and technical assistance and fellowship.

Session recordings will be posted soon!


From 1619 to Today Part III: Youth Community Mural Project

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
11:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
BANNEKER-DOUGLASS MUSEUM
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

In Partnership with Baltimore Read Aloud, Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and the Bowie State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts

On June 11th, we invite you to join us for Part III of the series From 1619 to Today as we create a community mural at the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM)!

Youth and community members, led by Chanel Compton, Executive Director of BDM, and Gina Lewis, Professor of Art at Bowie State University, will create a mural of Harriet Tubman (in celebration of Tubman’s year-long 200th Birthday Celebration) incorporating themes from The New York Times bestseller, The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones. There will also be a book giveaway of The 1619 Project while supplies last!

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation will be available for the program portion of this event. Also, youth can receive service learning hours for participation.

In this three part series, we explore the influence of race on the Annapolis community from 1619 to today through public readings, youth presentations, group discussions, and this community mural project.


The 1619 Project book image

From 1619 to Today: The Influence of Race on the Annapolis Community (Part II)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT
Virtual

In Partnership with Baltimore Read Aloud, Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and the Bowie State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts 

In this three part series, we will explore the influence of race on the Annapolis community from 1619 to today through public readings, youth presentations, group discussions, and a community mural project. 

Part II of the series will be a virtual event that features a youth presentation and a public reading of excerpts from the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones. Through intergenerational group discussions after the readings, we will make connections from slavery to the segregation of Annapolis and explore the after-effects of race and racism in Annapolis. We want to know from you, how far have we come and where are we going?


HONOR Exhibit Opening

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 7
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for our latest exhibit celebrating Black women’s art, HONOR.

Honor: high respect, great esteem.

For centuries, art has been used as a way of expression. We honor the expression of six Black Maryland-based women artists with HONOR, an exhibition co-curated by the Banneker-Douglass Museum and ArtFarm Studios.


BLACK VOTE MURAL PROJECT PANEL DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, APRIL 28
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual

Join us for a panel discussion as we revisit the 2020 critically acclaimed Banneker-Douglass Museum exhibit, The Black Vote Mural Project. During this panel discussion we will explore what was involved in the creation of the exhibit, current projects of some of the exhibit’s artists/curators, and how current social justice movements align with the 2020 art project. 

To learn more about The Black Vote Mural Project, click here.


The 1619 Project book image

From 1619 to Today: The Influence of Race on the Annapolis Community (Pt. 1)

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Virtual

In Partnership with Baltimore Read Aloud, Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and the Bowie State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts 

In this three part series, we will explore the influence of race on the Annapolis community from 1619 to today through public readings, youth presentations, group discussions, and a community mural project. 

Parts 1 of the series will be a virtual event on April 23rd, 11:00am-1:00pm that features youth presentations and public readings of excerpts from the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones. ASL interpretation will be available. Through intergenerational group discussions after the readings, we will make connections from slavery to the segregation of Annapolis and explore the after-effects of race and racism in Annapolis. We want to know from you, how far have we come and where are we going?


Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration

SATURDAY, MARCH 26
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Livestreamed on YouTube

The world will honor Harriet Tubman throughout 2022, marking 200 years since her birth in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. People from far and wide will be sharing and reflecting on her remarkable story. 

Join the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Banneker-Douglass Museum as we present the “Harriet Tubman Women of Courage and Maryland Day” celebration. 

During this virtual program we will highlight the winners of the Harriet Tubman Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest and present the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. 


Reparations Now!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kojt3mMqRseWPAF4w1kD9w

This discussion will explore why and how reparations should and can be paid to Black communities affected by legacies of systemic oppression, such as slavery and racial violence, in the United States. The conversation will focus deeply on the urgency of reparations and how we all can be a part of this important restorative process. Topics will include the past and present economic implications of slavery and racial violence on Black people in the U.S., among other issues.

Discussion will be between Dr. David Fakunle, Chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Ms. Maxine Gross, Chair of Lakeland Heritage Project.

The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established by House Bill 307. The Commission is authorized to research cases of racially motivated lynchings and hold public meetings and regional hearings where a lynching of an African American by a white mob has been documented.

As the Chair of the Lakeland Heritage Project, Maxine Gross also serves as a member of the College Park City Council’s Restorative Justice Steering Committee. The Committee is in the process of helping Black residents who were harmed by urban renewal tell their stories and will figure out the best way to compensate them for those harms.

Sign Language interpreters will be present at this event.


Teen Sculpture Workshop

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
12:00 – 3:00 pm

In partnership with the year-long David Hayes sculpture installation around the City of Annapolis, ArtFarm and The Banneker-Douglass Museum will be hosting a teen sculpture workshop led by local artist Scott Newcomb.

In this workshop, students will learn about the artwork of David Hayes, create a small sculpture of their own using cardboard and mat board based on his style and process and then they will create their own patterns and decorate the surfaces of their sculpture after learning about the patterns found in the “code quilts” made to help people navigate the Underground Railroad.

This workshop is part of Banneker-Douglass’ Celebration of Harriet Tubman’s 200th Birthday.

Following the workshop, the public will be invited to view the works and listen to the son of artist David Hayes (also David Hayes) give an art talk about his father’s lifelong works and inspiration.

*Masks will be required for all who attend*


MCAAHC Public Meeting – Virtual

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

2022 is the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth. Join the Commission on African American History and Culture for our February meeting, where we will celebrate the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman with special presentations and guest speakers.

https://zoom.us/j/99723719425?pwd=NzFhYzE2TVpJMlZ6Q29tOGFGWVo5QT09
Meeting ID:  997 2371 9425
Passcode: eDsS1w


Banneker Mural Unveiling – Virtual

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Watch Mural Unveiling on YouTube

The historic “Andrew Ellicott &  Benjamin Banneker Surveying the Boundaries of Washington, DC”, painted by William Arthur Smith in 1968, was conserved and will be permanently hung at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Join us at the unveiling ceremony next Saturday, February 5.

Sign Language interpreters will be present at this event.