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Banneker-Douglass Museum Hosts “Women of Color in Legislative Roles: A Panel Discussion”

Encouraging Change Through Legislation

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In continuing the celebration of the “We Rise!” 50th Anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC), the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) hosted a panel discussion with women of color last week, who are experts in their respective fields for the purpose of encouraging others to enact change through the legislative process. Panelists included: Candace Hollingsworth, Mayor, Hyattsville, Maryland; Kay Coles James, President, The Heritage Foundation; and Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney.

“As a woman of color, I am both encouraged and empowered by the panelists and their stories,” said Chanel Compton, Director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. “For it is only when we take personal responsibility and involve ourselves in the legislative process that we will enact real change which realize positive outcomes.”

This panel discussion was followed by a question and answer segment and took place in Verda Welcome Hall in recognition of Maryland’s first female African American State Senator, the Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome. More than 50 people attended the occasion.

Located in downtown Annapolis since 1984, the BDM has continued to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds to share the rich cultural traditions and history of Maryland’s African American community through programs and exhibitions highlighting the importance of education, community, and historic preservation. The Hogan administration remains committed to the historic preservation of this museum, as well as the events and services it offers to the community.


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