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Maryland’s Commission on African American History and Culture Announces Election of New Chair and Vice Chair  

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture today announced the election of Mrs. Lyndra Marshall of Bowie and Professor Dale G. Green of Baltimore City, as its new chair and vice chair, respectively.

“It is important that the officers of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture are truly dedicated to sharing the significance of the African American experience in the progression of our state and this great nation,” said Dr. Joni Floyd, director of the Commission. “Chairwoman Marshall and Vice Chair Green have a long and impressive track record of doing just that. I am thrilled to welcome two such talented intellects to the helm of the Commission.”

Mrs. Marshall is an internationally renowned genealogist, author, teacher, lecturer, and a partner of African Ancestry, Inc., the pioneers in DNA Genetic Testing.  Professor Green is chair of the Historic Preservation Program and an assistant professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University.

Marshall and Green both have served on the Commission for three years. They will each serve a one-year term presiding over the Commission. The 21-voting members of the Commission are appointed by the governor and embody Maryland’s diverse urban, suburban, and rural African American communities.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been elected chairwoman of the Commission, as we also celebrate the Commission’s 46th anniversary,” Marshall said. “I vow to continue this journey and educate all people of this rich history for the rest of my life. While the Commission has made great strides in fulfilling its mission, we still have much to accomplish.”

“Historic preservation and stewardship has been a calling since birth,” Professor Green said. “As a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I have worked tirelessly to increase the public’s awareness of the architectural and cultural achievements by African Americans across the state. I am simply happy to answer the call.”

A photo of Marshall and Green can be seen here.

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