The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Presents the 2021 Annual Symposium, Oct. 9-13

(ANNAPOLIS – October 4, 2021) – Join the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture as we celebrate resiliency and commitment through our annual symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family: Reclaim, Rejoice, Renew, Remember.
This year’s symposium is held over three days and includes in-person and virtual events including the third installment of BDM’s signature Anti-Racism training with opening remarks from the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne Jones.
Programming also explores health and wellness, education, financial competency, and much more. This year’s symposium guarantees to deliver education, history, and culture for all.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 9, 2021
BDM “Reclaim” Anti Racism Training, Part III

Virtual event, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

As a culmination to the Anti-Racism Coalition’s three-part series, attendees will receive training from renowned scholars on the topics of reparations and race as it relates to housing, technology (the digital divide), and employment.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
“Rejoice and Remember” Celebration and Ceremony
Hybrid (in-person and virtual event) BDM, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Join us to proclaim “The Spirit of the African American Family is Strong!” The impact of Covid-19 has been a moment of reckoning. This program includes a libation and land acknowledgment, dance, rhythm and song, and a candlelight vigil of remembrance – celebrating the lives of those we’ve lost during these challenging times. View this event on the museum’s Facebook and Youtube channels.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
“Renew” Educational Webinar

Virtual event, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This forum focuses on “renewal,” Participants will learn the importance of financial competency, education equity, and positive mental/physical health awareness in the African American community. We will examine the effects of Covid-19 on the financial, educational, and mental/physical health of African American families and communities of color.
In following the CDC guidelines and the State of Maryland regulations, guests will be required to wear a mask when entering the museum. Please watch for your emails for further information as we get closer to the program. Though the Block Party activities will be outdoors, we encourage visitors to wear face masks. A maximum of 100 guests will be allowed into the museum at one time. Sanitation stations will be available throughout the museum.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is supported by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.
Banneker-Douglass Museum | 84 Franklin StreetAnnapolis,, MD 21401