Kwanzaa Unity Celebration
December 11 | 11am – 3pm
November 13th, 12 PM – 3 PM
Families joined BDM for an afternoon of art, education, and fun as they learned about the life and contributions of Maryland’s great native son, Benjamin Banneker. Visitors also experienced a lively Harambee filled with dancing, celebratory cheers, and uplifting chants, led by our Director of Programs, Sabriyah Hassan.
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture celebrates resiliency and commitment through this annual symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family: Reclaim, Rejoice, Renew, Remember. This year’s symposium included in-person and virtual events and included the third installment of BDM’s signature Anti-Racism training with opening remarks from the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne Jones. Programming explores health and wellness, education, financial competency, and much more.
BDM “Reclaim” Anti Racism Training, Part III (October 9th)
The culmination to the Anti-Racism Coalition’s three part series, “The Foundations of Racism, Forward Thinking Conversations on Race: Housing, The Digital Divide, and Reparations.” This exciting, educational, and informative program includes a welcome message from Speaker of the House, Adrienne Jones and much more.
- Housing: An Evaluation of the System that Created It
- The Continuing Case for Black Reparations
- How America’s Social Contract Engineered the STEM Gap for African Americans
- Additional Anti-Racism Text Resources
“Rejoice and Remember” Celebration and Ceremony (October 10th)
As a culmination to the Anti-Racism Coalition’s three part series, attendees receive training from renowned scholars on reparations and race as it relates to housing, technology (the digital divide), and employment.
“Renew” Educational Webinar (October 13th)
This forum focuses on “renewal,” Participants learn the importance of financial competency, education equity, and positive mental/physical health awareness in the African American community. We examine the effects of Covid-19 on the financial, educational, and mental/physical health of the African American family and communities of color.
Banneker-Douglass Museum Grand Re-Opening Block Party
We are back! BDM has been closed since March of 2020 and we re-opened with a brand new exhibit; Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, which explores resistance and freedom from the past, present, and future. Visitors enjoyed live music, food, shop local Black-owned businesses and much more!
In our continuous efforts to dismantle oppressive systems and increase cultural competence, the BDM Anti-Racism Committee and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture present our second anti-racism training: The Big Unequitable Picture; Criminal Justice, and Education. Special thanks to the 2021 Anti-Racism Coalition for developing this dynamic anti-racism training.
Immediately following the training, join us for an informal conversation unpacking the evening’s content.
- Recommended Reading
- Race and Criminal Justice (Facilitator: Matasha L. Harris, Ph.D.)
- Race and Education (Facilitator: Sean T. Coleman, Ph.D.)
BDM Annual Youth Conference (July 11th)
Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Annual Youth Conference brings together young people (ages 13 to 17) to share their experiences with history, art, and pop-culture. This year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, encourages attendees to reflect on the uniqueness of their own familial units while learning about the special qualities of others. Virtual breakout rooms, scavenger hunts, and more ensure this year’s event will be fun, interactive, engaging, and informative!
Reconstruction and African American Memory – A Virtual Juneteenth Experience (June 19th)
Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) partnered with the Community CoCreation Lab, and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), to produce this virtual Juneteenth celebration. Join Dr. Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland (UMD), Department of History, as he presents a lecture on “Reconstruction and African American Memory,” moderated by Gabriel Greaves, Education Director, PGAAMCC.
Following the lecture, Quint Gregory, UMD, Art History Department will give a demonstration of the Smithsonian Freedmen Bureau Transcription project. Gregory launched an annual Michelle Smith Collaboratory Freedmen Bureau Transcribe-a-thon campus event in 2016. Historical records produced by the bureau are the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
The Foundations of Racism: Defining the Roots of Bigotry and Discrimination Against Black People in America (April 20th)
Learn about the history of structural racism in America. This training presents a unique opportunity to strengthen racial equity practices personally, professionally, and culturally. During this training, participants will:
- Examine key concepts of racial equity and structural racism
- Learn to have constructive conversations about race within their networks
- Develop tools and practices for counteracting racial bias
- Apply strategies to advance racial equity
Thank you to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Four Rivers Heritage Area, The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Sonja E. Swygert Family Foundation, and all of the supporters of the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation 2021 Anti-Racism Initiative. To support anti-racism in Maryland, please click here.