June 18, 2019
2019 Racial Justice Essay Contest for Anne Arundel County
The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project Anne Arundel County, MD is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending high school (public) in Anne Arundel County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants. The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) offers this opportunity in connection with its Community Remembrance Historical Marker Projects , which focus on confronting the legacy of racial and economic injustice and inequality in America. EJI and local partners who work to erect historical markers recognize that the particular legacies of the era of American enslavement of African-descended peoples, the era of racial terrorism that was defined by more than 4,400 racial terror lynchings between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 until World War II in the 1940s and 50s, the era of Jim Crow segregation and discrimination that produced the civil rights movement, and our present-day era of mass incarceration has had profound impacts on African American communities and people of color, and has created continuing challenges for all Americans.

We believe that a deeper understanding about our nation’s history of racial injustice is important to addressing contemporary questions of social justice and equality. This scholarship contest coincides with the September 7, 2019 dedication of a historical marker in Annapolis, (Anne Arundel County), Maryland. The marker will memorialize five African American victims of racial terror lynching, murdered between 1875 and 1911, along with victims who remain unknown. There were at least 40 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in the State of Maryland, between 1875 and 1933. Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at an event unveiling the historical marker in Annapolis, Maryland on September 7th at 10 am on Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD. The deadline for the essay contest is August 7, 2019. To Learn More about Participating in this Contest, please see the Eligibility and Essay Guidelines . See the flyer here .
Lunch and Learn: The Naylors of Woodborough
Wednesday, June 19
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Join Mr. Frank Robinson of the Smithsonian Archives and co-author Ms. Debra Naylor for their presentation on The Naylors of Woodborough, or how we turned a pile of research papers into a book. Part history, part genealogy, part narrative, The Naylors of Woodborough, is the culminating work of five researchers who collaborated to publish this Maryland family’s 350-year history using local resources. While it is a local story, the authors have taken pains to place the family in the broader context of American history.

What began as a simple exercise in information gathering and sharing grew into a 304-page book, which now serves as the primary published resource for Naylor research in America. Franklin Robinson, Jr. and Debra Naylor (two of the five authors) will talk about their research, collaboration, and the process of turning a pile of papers into a book. The Naylors of Woodborough, by Joseph Y. Rowe, Debra Naylor, Ruth Naylor, Brenda Ramsey and Franklin A. Robinson, Jr. was awarded the Sumner A. Parker Prize and the St. George’s Day Award and will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions to this free program!

Registration: Please contact  to reserve your seat
Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.
Tide & Tunes: Higher Hands
Thursday, June 20
7:00-8:30 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis

The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.

The June 20 concert features Higher Hands. Hailing from Maryland’s capital city, the band has firmly established their reputation throughout the DMV for a tight live set and an ability to improvise with the best. With a fresh line-up and a clearly matured approach to songwriting, the sophomore record is servin up more of that signature sound, defined by funk and steeped in soul. The beats are head noddin’ and the solos skilled. No question, Higher Hands have the chops to strut their stuff both live and in the studio. This is fusion, updated and flavored by hip-hop, afrobeat, and DC Go Go music.
Captain's Canvas at Captain Avery Museum
Thursday, June 20
5:00-7:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side

Discover your inner artiste with a paint brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other!

Join your friends at Captain Avery Museum and come away with the warm glow of wine and a unique painting done by you! Expert instruction from Dr. Jay,teacher and author.  All materials and an adult beverage included. Just show up and follow along the step-by-step process and enjoy the surprise and satisfaction of learning to paint. $40 at the door. See you there!
Events at Historic London Town & Gardens Saturday!
From Sierra Leone to Londontown, Maryland: The 1718 Journey of the Margaret, an Eighteenth Century Slave Ship
Saturday, June 22
10:00 am

Join Dr. Herbert Brewer for a talk on his research into the slave ship Margaret. Its journey from London, England, to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to the Chesapeake and back to England illustrated the complex web of commercial, political and cultural links that tied Europe, Africa, and North America together in the early eighteenth century. Free for members. Included with general admission.

A Conversation on the Legacy of Slavery
Saturday, June 22

Join the Conversations Starters for a discussion about Dr. Brewer’s 10am talk on the slave ship Margaret and the ramifications of slavery in the colonial Chesapeake on us today. Free for members. Included with general admission.

Pollination Exploration
Saturday, June 22
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For National Pollinator Week, kids can help London Town make pollinator hotels in the Sound & Sensory Garden. They'll take a special pollination-inspired garden tour before constructing a pollinator hotel to take home. Fee for participating children ages 6 - 14: $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Fee includes garden tour and materials used in take-home bee houses. (No fee for accompanying adults.)

Learn more about these events here .
Voices in Praise Sings the Music of Motown
Saturday, June 22
Southern High School, 4400 Solomons island Road, Harwood

Journey with "Voices In Praise" on a musical flashback to the Motown era with singing, dancing, and live band! This fantastic youth choir of students in Grades 6 – 12 will present “The Music of Motown,” featuring popular songs like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Respect, My Girl, ABC, I’ll Be There, Love Train and many more. Learn more here .
African American Experience Tour
Sunday, June 23
2:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Join Hammond-Harwood House docent, William Ridgley Sr, for an African American Experience Tour at the Hammond-Harwood House. The African American Experience Tour will cover the stories of men and women, both enslaved and free, who built, maintained, and lived in Hammond-Harwood House.
A focus will be three enslaved women — Mary, Matilda, and Juliet — who worked at the house in the early to mid-19th century.

Other topics include how petitions for freeing certain enslaved men and women were handled, the aims of the American Colonization Society, and the successes and setbacks of one early African-American artist. Learn more here.

$5 per person/Members Free. For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
USNA Junior Leadership Program
The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy is proud to offer the annual Junior Leadership Programs for teens, ages 13-15. Sessions are scheduled for Saturdays, July 20 and August 10. 

The half-day program is fun, educational and interactive for the participants and is geared towards learning about how the academy develops midshipmen morally, mentally and physically into officers privileged to lead Sailors and Marines. “We are pleased to offer young teens an opportunity to come visit the Naval Academy through this unique program and to introduce them to the core values of the Brigade of Midshipmen” said Heather Skipper, the new Manager of the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center. 

The agenda for the program includes viewing the film “The Call to Serve,” a presentation by Navy and Marine Corps officers, information on admission to the academy, a customized guided walking tour of the Naval Academy focused on USNA leaders and midshipmen leadership programs, and a participant-led discussion on ethics. Participants receive a Naval Academy cap, a water bottle, lanyard, and information packet. Scouts who declare their pack number on the registration form receive a patch. The cost is $65.

Registration must be received two weeks in advance of the program date requested. E-mail for a registration packet or book online at . A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of registration form and payment.
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