Mayor Gavin Buckley
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City of Annapolis Recognizes Black History Month with 2023 Proclamation and City Events
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 1, 2023) - On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation recognizing February 2023 as Black History Month in the City of Annapolis. Historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson created “Negro History Week” in 1926 (during the Jim Crow era) to encourage the study of Black life and history. Black History Month was officially recognized by Presidential Proclamation in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices.
“Celebrating the contributions of African Americans honors not only Black History, but Annapolis’ history,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “We are proud to host events and activities throughout the month to share, learn, and grow.”
In addition, members of the Annapolis City Council and Mayor’s Office Staff will be celebrating and honoring Black History throughout the month. Activities include:
Annapolis Black History Walking Tour
Daily social media campaign to highlight significant destinations in and around Annapolis
Black History Month Mixer
Peerless Rens Club, 5 p.m., hosted by Alderman DaJuan Gay
Feb. 12, 19, and 26
City Council Citation Presentation to African-American Churches
Mt. Olive Church, 10 a.m., Feb. 12 with Ald. Rhonda Pindell-Charles
Mt. Moriah Church, 10:30 a.m., Feb. 19 with Ald. DaJuan Gay
Mt. Zion Church, 11 a.m., Feb. 26 with Ald. Sheila Finlayson and Ald. Ross Arnett
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
“Our Black Annapolis” History Video Series
On the City of Annapolis YouTube channel, this video series will highlight the stories of prominent African American members of the Annapolis community
Comacell Brown Artist Reception
Ellen Moyer Art Gallery, City Hall, 7 p.m.
Maryland Recipe Hunt - Collection and Local Food Tasting
Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 3 to 7 p.m.
Black History Month Celebration
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 6 p.m.
Annapolis 2 Africa
Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 2 to 7 p.m.
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