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Flag Day Celebration with a Caribbean Twist at Reginald Lewis Museum

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Look forward to Caribbean DJ Spins as guests jam to DJ Phaze and dance the Limbo with King Kabuki.
  3. 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.

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