DNR Celebrates Black History Month
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DNR Celebrates Black History Month

Who: Open to the Public

When: Thursday, February 21 at 12 p.m.

Where: Tawes Building, Room C1, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: 410-260-8058

Join the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s history and culture. The program will feature keynote speaker, Arlee Wallace Gist, deputy director of the Office of Minority Health and Disparities, and include a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation and a light lunch.

Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month, was initiated in 1917 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, chairperson of the Howard University Department of History and the first Executive Director of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (www.asalh.org). Woodson sought to ensure that the achievements and contributions of African-Americans became known and chronicled within U.S. History books and educational programs.