Happening Today! Virtual Celebration for the Life of Carter G. Woodson

Join the National Park Service and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH) as we celebrate the 146th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Carter G. Woodson with an online, Virtual Symposium on Saturday, December 18th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s theme for the birthday celebration is “A Bold Vision: Revisiting the Life and Legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and What it Means Today”, and will feature remarks and presentations from NPS officials and community leaders.

Registration for the event can be found at: https://asalh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KnmkCOzYQ2mt1-IGWtQsJQ, which is also where the event can be viewed. Additional viewing of the event can be found at ASALH TV.

Call 202-426-5961 for more information.

Black woman park ranger. Sitting in front of Frederick Douglass' house. The house is white in the background. The house has a huge tree next to it. The children are looking at the Black woman park ranger with interest.

(Grades 1 – 12) Frederick Douglass NHS Virtual Oratorical Contest and Video Contest January 2021: Applications Due 12/18/20

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – opportunity for students

Via NPS.gov:

Annually, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site hosts a live oratorical contest at the site where students perform a part of a Frederick Douglass speech that they learn from memory from the stage in the park’s auditorium. This year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, we cannot host this event live, but we have two exciting options for the 2020 contest, so you can still participate!

Contest Rules and Additional Information

Virtual Oratorical Contest This option is open to grades 1 – 12

Virtual Oratorical Contest Guidelines

Guidelines for Video This option is open to grades 6 – 12 


Charles County, Maryland’s Josiah Henson is one of many Recommended for the National Garden of American Heroes

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s response to ”Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes”

On July 3, 2020, the Trump administration issued the “Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes.” State Governors and county officials were asked to give recommendations for a park that will feature historically significant Americans. Breonna Taylor, Rosa Parks, and John Lewis are some of the names that have been recommended.

The Department of Interior has a public database in which you can view the recommendations submitted by your local and state representatives. (see link in bio).

Cover of ”In Search of Josiah Henson’s Birthplace: Archaeological Investigations at La Grange Near Port Tobacco, Maryland”

Pictured above is a report of archaeological findings performed at the birthplace of Josiah Henson. Born in Charles Country, Maryland, Josiah Henson was an abolitionist that escaped to freedom. Half brother of explorer, Matthew Henson. A distant relative of actress, Taraji P. Henson.

The archaeological study and report was prepared by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Josiah Henson is one of the historical figures recommended by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

For more on this story, check out:

Executive Order on Monuments

State and local recommendations for American Heroes Monument

Garden of American Heroes by Amanda Jackson

Importance of Self-Care during COVID-19 & Human Rights Protests

I have been in deep thought about the importance of self-care during these times. In 2015, Bree Newsome made national headlines when she scaled a 30-foot flag pole at the South Carolina statehouse and took down the Confederate flag. In an article entitled, “Charlottesville Reinforced That Self-Care Is an Essential Part of My Activism,” Newsome shares the importance of self-care stating, “I have a tendency to go, go, go until I burn out…self-care did not come naturally to me at first…since committing myself to social justice a few years ago, it’s something I’ve developed out of necessity.”

In “The Quiet Casualties of the Movement for Black Lives” (New York Times), author John Eligon describes “the mental and emotional hardship of the work” and the importance of self-care.

For Psychology Today, Dr. Diane Raab provides a list of self-care suggestions, including “Get out in nature and unplug. When possible, turn off your cell phone, and take a walk or sit in nature.”

The trauma in learning that Breonna Taylor was murdered by police while resting in her home. The mental injury caused by being subjected to horrifying videos of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd’s final moments of life has impacted our hearts and minds. Being mindful and intentional about our self-care and healing is of extreme importance at this time. I am committed to helping amplify this necessity and circulating information on ways to do so.

Image 1: “Cooking on an outdoor grill at Catoctin Mountain Park. 1970” here young people are participating in the Washington, DC area’s Summer in the Parks program. This program started in the summer of ’68, a couple of months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent DC Riots. “After the riots, the program took on a new meaning as a way to help heal a troubled city.”

Image 2: information for #BlackBirdersWeek. Sharing because Christian Cooper should not have experienced what he went through. Also, being in nature is a suggested self-care method.

Image 3: information for Girl Trek’s “Black History Bootcamp” 21-Days of Walking in the Footsteps of our Foremothers.”


Celebrate the 144th Anniversary of the Birth of Mary McLeod Bethune

Flyer for Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 144th Anniversary of the Birth of Mary McLeod Bethune, events.

The National Park Service will celebrate the 144th anniversary of Mary McLeod Bethune’s birth with two FREE public programs.

A book talk will be held on Friday July 5th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Dr. Rebecca Tuuri will discuss her book, “Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle”.

Saturday July 6th is the return of “Mrs. Bethune’s Washington” Bus Tour. 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Guests will visit some of the places Mrs. Bethune frequented during her time as a Washington resident.

Again both events are FREE, LIMITED SEATING for bus tour. Reserve a spot by calling 202-426-5961 or send an email to erica_martin@nps.gov

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