Caribbean Heritage and Wave Your Flag Celebration
Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Flag Day with a Caribbean DJ, steel drum band, film, crafts, and more! St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra closes out the afternoon with steel drumming, plus a Caribbean-style rendition of our national anthem as they join the Smithsonian's national sing-along of the anthem to set a new world's record on Flag Day.
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Caribbean Heritage / Flag Day Program
12pmFilm Screening and post-film discussion of The Merikens. During the War of 1812, enslaved people in Maryland were promised resettlement in a British colony in exchange for fighting with the British forces. The Chesapeake descendants in Trinidad are today known as Merikens. Post-film discussion follows with
• Tina Dunkley, Director of Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries
• Hazel Manning, former Minister of Education and Local Government of Trinidad and Tobago
• Dr. Annette Palmer, Ph.D., Chairperson, History & Geography, Morgan State University
12-3pmMake your own flag with community artist Sallah Jenkins
1:30pmParticipate in a mini Carnival parade with costumed Carnival dancers
2:30pmDance the limbo with King Kabuki
1 - 3pmCaribbean Heritage Festival activities:
• Jam to Caribbean music with Trinidadian DJ Phaze
• Make your own flag with community artist Sallah Jenkins
• Hear a steel drum performance by St. Veronica’s Youth Steel Orchestra
• Explore the ceremonial art form of Haitian flag making with flag-maker and writer Katia D. Ulysse and be introduced to her new story collection, Drifting
• Meet Maryland author Lauren Francis-Sharma of the acclaimed novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry based largely in Trinidad and on the author's grandmother. "[A] remarkably accomplished first-time novelist...spellbinding..." raves Booklist.
• Visit information tables of various Caribbean organizations and vendors
4pmHelp set a new Guinness World Record on Flag Day by singing the national anthem with St. Veronica’s Youth Steel Orchestra. The effort is part of the Smithsonian’s Raise It Up program, a nationwide event commemorating the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner flag. Smithsonian partners and communities across the U.S. will join together in a simultaneous sing-along of the Star-Spangled Banner in an effort to create the largest singing of the anthem in history.
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People.
* This program has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.