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  • Winter/Spring 2022 Highlights


  • Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism presents 2022 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

    Annual Awards Ceremony Recognizes Excellence in Mentorship, Engagement and Helping Others Annapolis, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced the eight recipients of the 5th Annual Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The awards ceremony recognizes Maryland-based, African American (or of the African diaspora) individuals or  Read the Rest…


  • Harriet Tubman 2022 Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest

        In celebration of the bicentennial birth date of Harriet Tubman, we are pleased to announce our inaugural Harriet Tubman 2022 Women’s History Month Women of Courage Video Contest. In order to honor the life of Maryland’s native daughter, we invite ALL Marylander’s who have been inspired by the legacy of Harriet Tubman to submit videos  Read the Rest…


  • Black History 365

    Black History 365 is a collection of stories, art and events that highlight the history, heritage and contributions of Black Marylanders as well as the history of the people of the African Diaspora in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Here, their culture and excellence are celebrated year round through a collaborative initiative across county and state  Read the Rest…


  • Governor’s Office 2022 Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards

      Annapolis, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today opened nominations for the 5th Annual Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards. “Black History Month offers an opportunity to recognize African Americans in Maryland who go above and beyond in the name of service,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I encourage all Marylanders to  Read the Rest…


  • A Year in Review: Save & Preserve African American History & Culture in Maryland

      As our museum enters a new stage of growth and expansion, we are excited to share with you this update. Please read below for a few of our accomplishments, future plans, and an invitation to seize the opportunities ahead of us.  The Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s State Museum on African American history and culture serves  Read the Rest…


  • Kwanzaa Unity Celebration Agenda

    Join us December 11th from 11am – 3pm This year’s Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Kwanzaa program will celebrate the first principle “Unity” (Umoja) which is a commitment to building, developing, and defending African American and Diasporic communities. This year’s programming will include local Black vendors, entertainment, and a fully activated museum space with fun-filled activities for the entire family!⁠  Read the Rest…


  • Banneker-Douglass Museum donates 12 Murals to Organizations throughout Maryland!

    ANNAPOLIS, MD – “The Black Vote Mural Project”, BDM’s 2020 exhibition, explored the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with seventeen murals and an installation that transformed the interior galleries of the museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpreted the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)  Read the Rest…


  • MCAAC Announces $1 Million in African American Heritage Preservation Grants

    13 Organizations Receive Funding to Restore Cultural and Historical Sites (November 9, 2021) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) have awarded thirteen African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grants totaling $1,000,000 to Maryland nonprofit groups for FY22. These grants offer assistance to  Read the Rest…


  • The 2021 Annual Symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family

    October 9-13 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  Read the Rest…


  • Racism II: The Big Unequitable Picture, Criminal Justice, and Education

      July 27, 2021 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  Read the Rest…


  • Reconstruction and African American Memory – A Virtual Juneteenth Experience

      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  Read the Rest…


  • The Foundations of Racism: Defining the Roots of Bigotry and Discrimination Against Black People in America

        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  Read the Rest…


  • Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Hosts The Power of the Black Vote: Annual Symposium

    Preserving Maryland Black History, Promoting Anti-Racism, and Encouraging Voter Participation in the 2020 Presidential Election ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) hosted its second annual symposium on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. This virtual event was streamed on the Banneker Douglass Museum (BDM) website, Facebook,  Read the Rest…


  • Banneker-Douglass Museum Premiers The Black Vote Mural Project

    Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Recognize Historic Movements for Right to Vote ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Banneker-Douglass Museum, a unit of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, hosted a reception to launch The Black Vote Mural Project exhibit today. This exhibit recognizes historic movements for the right to  Read the Rest…


  • Governor Larry Hogan Encourages Marylanders to Recognize Black History Month

    Celebrates African American Impact on Maryland, Nation ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan is encouraging Marylanders to recognize Black History Month, which falls during February each year. Black History Month has been a national observance since 1976, celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans in Maryland and across the nation. “Each year, the month  Read the Rest…