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Black History Month 2024


February 1st marks the start of Black History Month. During this time, we have a chance to focus on the significant role Black populations have played in shaping the world and to celebrate their contributions to society that have often gone overlooked.

By highlighting the accomplishments, rich cultural heritage, and enduring legacy of the African diaspora, we can promote greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of Black experiences and perspectives. Explore a few ways you can commemorate Black History Month in 2024 below.

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The Black History Month 2024 theme is “African Americans and the Arts.” This theme highlights the significant impact that African Americans have had in various artistic fields such as “visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression.” This theme also allows us to explore art as a platform for social justice

Black History Month Themes– Association for the Study of African American Life and History– The Founders of Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month 2024 | National Museum of African American History and Culture

Black History Month: Staff Open Mic

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Join us in celebrating African Americans and the Arts on Thursday, February 22nd from 12-1 p.m. 

Pick a poem, story, song, or painting from your favorite Black artist or yourself and share with us. Want to sign up to participate, or help set up, or RSVP to attend please email Senior Client Relations Manager, Malcolm Williams

Meet us in the 3rd Floor Large Conference Room, or 

Join Us on Teams

For Staff: BHM Reflection

Plus, chances to enter a raffle for gift cards to local Black-owned establishments

The heritage committee would like for you to share with us a Black artist (painter, writer, singer, actor, poet, dancer, author etc.) whose work has impacted you and in what way(s).

To submit your response, email REI Health Specialist, Arie Hayre-Somuah with the subject “ Black History Month Raffle” by February 22nd, 2023 COB.

Responses submitted will be shared out with the community and participants will be entered to win 1 of 2 $25.00 gift cards to a local Black owned business!

Email Arie Hayre-Somuah

For Staff: "Who Were They?" Challenge

Join us for an introduction to Black History Month on January 25th during the All staff meeting. Client Access Project Coordinator, Alkema Jackson, and Senior Client Relations Manager, Malcolm Williams, will lead an activity to get to know Black History.

Check out our presentation here

Advocacy Corner

The legislative session is a great opportunity to advance justice in our State. Policies impacting racial equity are no exception. Every bill that we work on must be analyzed with a racial equity lens and there are a number of policies that can have an enormous impact on racial equity. 

Get to know bill SB 370/HB 428, which would create eviction prevention funding through community schools. While there are people of every background in every corner of the state facing the threat of eviction today, Maryland’s long history of housing segregation and other discriminatory policies means that Black and Brown Marylanders are much more likely to be at risk of eviction. Black and Brown Marylanders are also much more likely to face structural barriers that affect their economic stability and mean it is much more likely they are just getting by. Ensuring that Black and Brown families have access to the vital lifeline of eviction prevention and avoid the poverty, job loss, and poor education and health outcomes that result from eviction will help right the wrongs of the past and expand opportunity.

 Particularly as it relates to children, because of structural racism, One in Four Black children in rental households face the threat of eviction in a typical year. It is unacceptable.

Eviction prevention through rental assistance furthers racial equity categorically - Black-led (74%) households have avoided eviction with help from the state’s current emergency rental assistance program and likely will be evicted at much higher rates unless the Governor and General Assembly take action. It is time for the General Assembly to pass SB 370/HB 428!

To ask questions, learn more, or offer testimony, please reach out to Director of Public Policy, Joanna Diamond!

Explore these resources to build your foundation of Black history knowledge and ways to commemorate Black History Month all year round:

Upcoming Black History Month Events in 2024:

Live! at the Library: Seth Parker Woods, Cello Thu Feb 1, 2024 at 8:00 PM

Black Power Freedom Party & Reception: The 10 Points and Beyond, Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 6:00 PM

First Saturday: February, Sat, Feb 3, 2024 at 10:00 PM

D.C. Black History Celebration Committee Black History Kick-Off, Sat, Feb 3, 2024 at 11:00 AM

Black History Month Family Movie Series, Multiple Dates

State of Black Annapolis 2024, Multiple Dates

Screening of "Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes", Wed, 7 Feb 2024 at 7:00 PM

Made at the Library: "Ralph Ellison: Photographer" Thu, 8 Feb 2024 at 3:00 PM

Crown of Resilience, Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 6:00 PM 

DC Black History Film Festival 2024, Fri, Feb 9, 2024 at 5:30 PM to Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Baltimore School for the Arts Presents: We are Young, Gifted, and Black!, Fri, 9 Feb 2024 at 6:00 PM

A Seat at the Table: Art: A Tool for Promoting Equity, Fulfillment, and Self-Care, Fri, 9 Feb 2024 at 6:45 PM

Family Day: Make a Mini Magazine, Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Frederick Douglass Day of Acknowledgment, Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM

City of Laurel's Black History Month Celebration, Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Book Signing: Black Voices, Inspiring and Empowering Quotes, Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 6:30 PM

WMC Celebrates Black History Month with Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM

The Sound She Saw: Film Screening with a Post-Talk, Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 5:30PM

Iconic Looks: Muse: Cicely Tyson and Me: A Relationship Forged in Fashion, Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 7:00PM

Lilies of the Field (1963), Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 7:00PM

Live! at the Library: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr., Thu Feb 15, 2024 at 7:00PM

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Fri, Feb 16, 2024 at 7:00 PM

TPA Black History Celebration, Sat, Feb 17, 2024 at 11:00 AM

Water's Edge Black History Screening, Sat, Feb 17, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Black History Month Alma Thomas Mosaic Painting, Sat, Feb 17, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Black History Month Guided Tour at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sun, Feb 18, 2024 at 3:00 PM

Black Trivia Night: Black History Month Edition, Sun, Feb 18, 2024 at 6:30 PM 

Black History Month Edition of Cooking w/ Chef Maynard, Mon, Feb 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Afro Cuban Jazz with Flute Juice, Wed, Feb 21, 2024 at 3:30 PM

African Americans and the Arts, Thu, Feb 22, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Opening Gallery Reception -Creative Freedom:Celebrating Black History Month, Thu, Feb 22, 2024 at 6:00 PM

The Virginia Black History Month Association Events, Multiple Dates

Inclusive Voices: The State of Black Business, Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 11:00 AM

Commemoration of Black History Month with Carlos Walker, Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Black History Welness & Fashion Show, Fri, Feb 23, 2024 at 6:00 PM

5th Annual Black History Month Prayer Breakfast, Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM

2nd Annual Black History Month Event, Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM

2nd Annual Black History Fest 2024, Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Blacks & Wax: A Black History Month Candle Making Workshop, Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 3:00 PM

Queer Black Broadway Walking Tour Tickets, Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite

Black in Environment Black History Month Interpretive Hike, Sun, Feb 25, 2024 at 1:00 PM

"The Legacy of Black Horsemen" Documentary Showing, Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 4:00 PM

View the Black History Month 2023 webpage

2024 Planning committee:

Adedoyin Eisape, REI Program Manager II • Engagement & Policy

Arie Hayre-Somuah, REI Health Specialist • Behavioral Health

Alkema Jackson, She She/Her They/Them, Client Access Project Coordinator • Quality

Joanna Diamond, Director of Public Policy • Engagement & Policy

Malcolm Williams, Senior Client Relations Manager • Engagement & Policy

Janel Taylor, Talent Program Manager • Human Resources

Lisa Lefavore, Call Center Manager • Practice Operations

Christina Bauer, Director of Development • Development

Kyler Young, Case Manager • Housing Services

Isaiah Rigsby, SOAR Coordinator • Behavioral Health

Reach out to the Black History Month Planning Committee if you are interested in learning more, supporting upcoming events, or have any feedback

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