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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Press Release: City of Annapolis Hosts African Diaspora Flags in Downtown


Mayor Gavin Buckley


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Annapolis, Maryland 21401




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City of Annapolis Hosts African Diaspora 
Flags in Downtown


Annapolis, MD (February 3, 2021) – The City of Annapolis kicked off Black History Month with a display of flags in downtown representing the African diaspora. In all, there are 76 flags from countries that represent African nations or places where significant population of African descendants reside, including South America, the Caribbean and the United States of America. 

“Driving up Main Street, it is an incredible sight,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “We are the landing site for ships of enslaved peoples. We’re known as the site where Kunte Kinte was sold into slavery. But in 2021, we showcase the pride of our African heritage by flying the flags of the African diaspora.”

For a complete listing of the flags, visit: (PDF).

The flag initiative was conceived by Adetola Ajayi, the African American Community Services Specialist. “These flags represent the global Black family of the African Diaspora particularly the Nations of Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” is the 2021 theme of the Association for the study of African American Life and History, the organization started by Carter G. Woodson, the inventor of Negro History Week.”

The City will host a Virtual Black History Month Celebration February 27, 2021.” 

The flags will fly throughout the month of February alongside a social media campaign highlighting the accomplishments of local African American women. 

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