On Saturday June 14, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. celebrate Flag Day and Caribbean Heritage Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. Go enjoy a Caribbean DJ, King Kabuki, a parade with Carnival dancers, and more! A steel drum band performs the national anthem at 4 p.m. as part of the Smithsonian’s nationwide singing of our anthem to set a new world’s record. Click here to RSVP online. Note: there is a cost for admission. See the full day’s schedule below:
- Look forward to Film on the Chesapeake – Caribbean Connection event. Did you know? During the War of 1812, enslaved people in Maryland were promised resettlement in a British colony in exchange for fighting with the British forces. We screen the documentary The Merikens, about Chesapeake descendants in Trinidad. Post-film discussion follows with Dr. Annette Palmer, Chairperson of the Department of History at Morgan State University and a Meriken; Tina Dunkley, Director of Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries; and Hazel Manning, former Minister of Education and Local Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Look forward to Caribbean DJ Spins as guests jam to DJ Phaze and dance the Limbo with King Kabuki.
- Look forward to record-breaking singing of the Anthem at 4 p.m. by the St. Veronica’s Youth Steel Orchestra, a steel drum band, plays the Star-Spangled Banner as part of the Smithsonian’s Raise It Up program, a nationwide event commemorating the bicentennial of the National Anthem. Smithsonian partners and communities across the U.S. will join together in a sing-along of the Star-Spangled Banner in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record.
Other activities will include:
- Kids’ Activities & Carnival Parade – For the kids, community artist Sallah Jenkins leads visitors to make their flag. Participants are invited to carry their flag in a parade inside the museum with costumed Carnival dancers.
- Meet & Greet with acclaimed Maryland Author – Marylander Lauren Francis-Sharma signs her acclaimed debut novel ‘Til the Well Runs Dry set largely in Trinidad and based on her grandmother. “[A] remarkably accomplished first-time novelist…spellbinding…” raves Booklist.
Did you know? These events are related to the museum’s current exhibition, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People. The exhibition features more than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs that show the flag as a reflection of the American people. The exhibition was recently named a ‘Top 10 Must-See Summer Exhibit’ by USA Today.
FYI: The current exhibition, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People is inspired by Grace Wisher, an indentured servant in flagmaker Mary Pickersgill’s household, who helped Pickersgill make the original Star-Spangled Banner. The exhibition is on view May 17, 2014 – February 28, 2015 in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Be sure to check out the attached video of ‘Mike and Molly’ Star Reno Wilson on his Caribbean heritage.