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African American Contributions - Preserving Black History One Story at a Time
African American Contributions - Preserving Black History One Story at a Time
 
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FAWOHODIE - independence - West African symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation

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St. Mary's County produced two Union Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor winners, both awarded for their bravery in the battle of New Market Heights, Chaffin's Farm, near Fort Harrison, VA on September 29, 1864. They were two of fourteen Medal of Honor recipients awarded for their gallantry in that battle, and two of twenty-four U. S. Colored Troops Civil War soldiers to receive this highest honor. ~ Idolia Shubrooks

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Gye Nyame - except for God - West African symbol of the supremacy of God Thirty years ago I couldn't sit in the front of the church. And thirty years later I'm a minister of that same church. I'm giving out sacraments to people in that same church. Analyze that, put it up on a wall and look at it. And say, "How foolish it is." ~ James Alexander Forrest
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SANKOFA - return and get it - West African symbol of importance of learning from the past People made great sacrifices for this country to be where it is today. It's a universal sacrifice on both sides of the fence. Unfortunately, our history has reflected more of one side than another. People need to understand the contributions that have been made to make this country what it is. 
~ Alonzo Gaskin
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Click to view 2016 Juneteenth Flyer!

13th Annual
Juneteenth African American Heritage Celebration
June 18, 2016
5K Run/Walk: 8 am  |  Parade: 9:30 am   |  Juneteenth Festival: Noon - 8 pm

UCAC, in partnership with our sponsors, proudly presents our 13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Join us on June 18, 2016 at John G. Lancaster Park for a free, family-oriented event celebrating our heritage. Our celebration kicks off at 8:00 AM with a 5K run/walk, followed by a parade at 9:30 AM on Great Mills Road. Opening Ceremonies begin at NOON followed by African Dancers, face painting, food, Gospel Singing, pony rides, monuments, vendors, and a jazz concert. Learn more!

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March 16, 2016
News from the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women

Alma Jordon
of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC)
Nominated as St. Mary’s County Commission for Women for
2016 Woman of the Year

Alma’s nomination recognized her work on behalf of:

Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC). Ms. Jordon currently serves as Chair of UCAC’s Oral History and Historical Committee. This Committee interviews local African Americans to document their history. The Committee recently completed Wayside Markers at John G. Lancaster Park, which depict African American history in St. Mary’s County from the end of slavery to the establishment of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

UCAC Juneteenth Festival Committee. Ms. Jordon serves on the Juneteenth Committee. Juneteenth is an annual event that celebrates African American heritage and the end of slavery. It consists of a family-friendly, day-long celebration that provides attendees with history, entertainment and health information.

Bethesda United Methodist Church. Ms. Jordon is Chair of the Annual Women’s Tea and is an active member of the Usher Board. In planning the Annual Women’s Tea, she ensures that attendees are provided a wealth of information on health, gardening, fashion, finance, and community services. Through her church, Ms. Jordon participates in WARM, a program that feeds and shelters the homeless during inclement weather.

Outreach. Throughout her career, Alma has been instrumental in establishing innovative programs related to veteran services and employee health.
Ms. Jordon currently conducts arthritis-related exercise classes at the Loffler Senior Center and has coordinated many health-related programs for church members and friends, including a series related to men’s health, health fairs, blood pressure screenings, and exercise programs. She is often sought out as a resource by those having difficulty navigating the medical system and understanding medical terminology.

Other Community Activities. Ms. Jordon has served on various boards including Habitat for Humanity, St. Mary’s Nursing Center, and LOTT Enterprises of Maryland’s Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation awards annual scholarships to deserving minority students residing in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

A retired nurse, and military veteran, Ms. Jordon’s enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to family, friends, and community, and Country are demonstrated daily. Her unselfish contributions of time and talent continue to help and enhance the lives of others.

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Friends of Elmer Brown Freedom Park Flag Pole Installation Project

 "Friends of Elmer Brown Freedom Park" Flag Pole Installation Project

UCAC raised funds to install three lighted flag poles to display the United States, Maryland and St. Mary's County flags at the African American Monument of St. Mary's County.  We also installed an historical marker.  The marker provides the community with more detailed information about the monument. The African American Monument is located in Elmer Brown Freedom Park at the corner of Route 235 and Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, MD.

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Oral History Training

The UCAC (Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions) Historical Committee is looking for individuals who would like to receive training in conducting oral history interviews. These are learning skills that can be used to interview family members as well as seniors identified by UCAC.

Anyone interested in helping, please contact Alma Jordon at 301-994-3567 or almajordon@hotmail.com or Merideth Taylor at 301-862-3517 or mmtaylor@smcm.edu

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UCAC Presents Check to Three Oaks Shelter
August 5, 2015

UCAC held its 5th annual UCAC/Three Oaks Shelter 5K run/walk prior to the start of our 12th annual Juneteenth Festival at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, Maryland (June 20, 2015). This year’s race was our largest race thus far with nearly 70 racers participating!

On August 5th, the members of Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions were excited to present Three Oaks Shelter Executive Director Lanny Lancaster and President Andre Rice with a check for $600 to Three Oaks Shelter which serves the homeless of St. Mary's County.

We are excited our 5K Juneteenth Race helps to benefit such a worthy cause. The Board hopes to continue our support of the homeless shelter for many years to come.

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African American History Pathway New Local History on Display in Lancaster Park!

African American History PathwayWhen you attend the Juneteenth Festival in Lancaster Park this year, don’t miss the brand new “African American History Pathway.” Look for the new wayside interpretive signs between the United States Colored Troops Civil War Memorial Monument and the historic “Flat top” building, now officially designated the United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument Interpretive Center!

Also not to be missed at Juneteenth is UCACs’ award-winning exhibit on African American education, “Remember the Past Look to the Future,” which will be on display inside the Interpretive Center. This exhibit tells the story of 100 years of segregated schooling in St. Mary’s County.

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Freedom Park Named for Elmer Brown
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Elmer Brown Freedom ParkThe Elmer Brown Freedom Park, Lexington Park, Maryland - photo courtesy of Elvert BarnesThe St. Mary’s County Commissioners unanimously approved naming Freedom Park in Lexington Park after a prominent citizen, Elmer Brown. The commissioners agreed to rename the park, Elmer Brown Freedom Park.
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Among his many accomplishments, Brown is the founder of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), which was responsible for erecting the monument. Dedicated on July 29, 2000, the monument recognizes the important contributions of African Americans in the following areas: religion, farming, trades, domestic service, education, business, industry, community service, arts, entertainment, health, sports, government, politics, law enforcement, military service, and technology.
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The monument is a tall structure in the middle of bright green grass at the corner of Tulagi Place and Route 235.  Physically, it is nothing but stone and mortar surrounded by paths of bricks.  But to hundreds of people in St. Mary's, it is a symbol of the contribution that African-Americans have made to the progress of the region.
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PRESERVING BLACK HISTORY - One Story at a Time

With so much of the history of the African American people still tucked away in their hearts and minds, it is imperative to begin to speak, and to gather, and to admire the contributions of America's Black History.
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With nearly twenty years of chronicling the many contributions of the black population to the local history of a small Maryland community, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions, a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization, recognizes the importance of telling these stories to future generations.  Help us reach out to the entire nation.  Help us record a vanishing history. 
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Share your history.  Share your story.

Talk to Grandpa & Grandma, Mom & Dad, Aunts & Uncles ... 
Look through the treasures in your attic ... 
Remember ...

 

With All Deliberate Speed:
One High School's Story

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Mary Somerville - Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions  

Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions • PO Box 1457 • Lexington Park, MD 20653 • info@AfricanAmericanContributions.com

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