City of Annapolis Recognizes Black History Month with 2023 Proclamation and City Events

February 3, 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: 

Feb. 1-28Annapolis Black History Walking TourDaily social media campaign to highlight significant destinations in and around Annapolis
Feb. 3Black History Month MixerPeerless Rens Club, 5 p.m., hosted by Alderman DaJuan Gay
Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26City Council Citation Presentation to African-American ChurchesAsbury United Methodist Church, 11 a.m., Feb. 5 with Ald. Elly Tierney — Mt. Olive Church, time TBA, 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 SeriesOn the City of Annapolis YouTube channel, this video series will highlight the stories of prominent African American members of the Annapolis community
Feb. 13Comacell Brown Artist ReceptionEllen Moyer Art Gallery, City Hall, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18Maryland Recipe Hunt – Collection and Local Food TastingPip Moyer Recreation Center, 3 to 7 p.m. 
FEb. 24Black History Month CelebrationCity Council Chambers, City Hall, 6 p.m.
Feb. 25Annapolis 2 AfricaPip Moyer Recreation Center, 2 to 7 p.m.