-Ralph Ignatius Butler, Sr. (1915-2003)
Teacher, Ralph Butler with 4th, 5th, and 6th
grade classes, Banneker Elementary School, Hollywood Maryland, 1949
The UCAC bus trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on September 9 was a great success!
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The Women’s Commission of St. Mary’s County named Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions Secretary Dolly Griffin its 2023 Woman of the Year! Ms. Griffin has worked since 2011 with the WARM (Wrapping Arms Round Many) program, helping to provide services to the homeless community, and is now President of WARM and Chair of the St. Mary’s NAACP Housing Committee. She was nominated for the award by UCAC Board member and former NAACP President Janice Walthour.
The 2023 Mulberry Music Festival will be on Friday, June 16,
featuring four great acts: Oh He Dead, Kevin Howard,
The Boneshakers, and headliners The JoGo Project.
The event, which kicks off a weekend of Juneteenth activities
across St. Mary’s County, free of charge and open to the public.
A generous grant from the Unified Committee for Afro-American contributions helped the Carol E. Parker Foundation send a group of Spring Ridge Middle School eighth graders to the Kennedy Center to experience an Alvin Ailey Dance Company performance, explore the upcoming Kennedy exhibit and enjoy fine dining at Tony & Joes Seafood Place, located in Washington, DC. on Saturday, 11 February 2023
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions members were saddened to learn of the recent passing at age 93, of Eliza Isabel Waters. We are so grateful to have a recording of her video interview and we are happy to be able to share it here.
UCAC History and Research Committee members interviewed Ms. Waters on October 19, 2016. She was then one of five surviving students of Drayden African American School in Drayden, MD. The school operated from 1890 to 1942 during the era of segregated schooling.
Organizations around St. Mary's County created Bitmoji classrooms* to showcase local history resources and to encourage more visitation from our schools and community. Content aligns with 4th and 5th grade curriculum, but the Bitmoji pages have resources for students of all ages!
*A Bitmoji classroom is a virtual classroom where educators can deliver content to students in a fun and engaging way.
UCAC & NAACP volunteers worked with the Museum Division to develop sections on Drayden School, the UCAC monuments.
For more information, contact:
Adrianne” Dillahunt, Equity Assurance Coordinator for SMCPS
Also, learn more about Elmer Brown Freedom Park
Marked 21 Historic Sites of African American in St. Mary's began in 1934.
Logged 175+ Oral Histories of African American life in St. Mary's County.
Created an Online Depository for African American Experiences.
Host the Annual African American Heritage Celebration Family Event in St. Mary's County.
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