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Maryland’s Year of Civil Rights

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Banneker-Douglass Museum are declaring 2024 as “Maryland’s Year of Civil Rights” with exciting and relevant programming, exhibitions, and partnerships. Stay tuned for updates!

With 2024 being the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (1964), original programming and participation in platforms with community partners will commemorate the milestone year of this groundbreaking legislation. From 1964’s Bell vs. Maryland to 1963’s Treaty of Cambridge, Maryland has been the backdrop to civil rights legislation throughout the years. Additionally, Maryland has been the home to civil rights icons who will forever have a place in the history of this nation, such as Verda Freeman Welcome, Thurgood Marshall, and Gloria Richardson.



Wednesday, October 25th, we launched the initiative with a dynamic program featuring special guest speakers Governor Wes Moore, First Lady Dawn Moore, Dr. Edwin T. Johnson, Maryland Commission on African American Heritage and Culture Chair, and Dr. Vedet Coleman-Robinson, Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Executive Director. Performances were given by Baltimore Slam Team and students from The Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School, Kamya Chapman-Pearsall and Sanaa Harris. View the livestream recording above to view on YouTube!




We invite partner organizations to join us in our celebration of this commemorative year! Please see toolkit resources below, to include logos you can add to your promotional materials, hashtags to use on social media, and (coming soon) a press release template to spread the word about your event or initiative. 

Download logo files to add to your event or initiative promotional materials.

Download .PNG Files (Transparent)

Hashtags for Social Media
Use the following suggested captions to promote #MDYearofCivilRights to your followers and to share the Civil Rights history of your organization or site with “Today in #MDCivilRightsHistory…”.
  • #MDYearofCivilRights
    • We are celebrating #MDYearofCivilRights with @BannekerDouglassMuseum and the #MarylandCommissiononAfricanHistoryandCulture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act! Learn more at
  • #MDCivilRightsHistory
    • Today in #MDCivilRightsHistory, we celebrate Juanita Elizabeth Jackson Mitchell (January 2, 1913 – July 7, 1992), the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and the first African-American woman to practice law in Maryland.

Programming is supported in part by a grant from the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) and the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN), of which Banneker-Douglass Museum is currently a member site.