FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College, in collaboration with a number of Frederick organizations, will stage a tribute to the historic March on Washington with a March on Frederick Sept. 26.
The event, part of the College's yearlong celebration of the passing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, will bring together students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors to reflect on the progress made within the Frederick community in the last 50 years.
The march will begin at Harry Grove Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Participants will walk past many of the historic sites related to African American history in Frederick, including Mount Olivet Cemetery, the Lincoln School, the Free Colored Library, Asbury United Methodist Church, Mullinix Park and Diggs Pool, the First Missionary Baptist Church, Union Hospital and the First African American high school. The walk will conclude at Hood College's Alumnae Hall, where local, state and national civil rights activists, including social activist and American civil rights leader Julian Bond, will address the crowd.
While not required, registration is requested at civilrights.hood.edu/register.
A number of march-related events will take place throughout the weekend. They are:
- The Frederick Visitor Center Open House, featuring the African America Resources Cultural Heritage Society of Frederick County, the Heart of the Civil
War Heritage area and National Park Service exhibits, and an all-afternoon screening of the 1997 documentary, “Up From the Meadows: History of Black Americans in Frederick County, Maryland,” Friday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m.
- The Conference on Contemporary Civil Rights Issues, featuring keynote speaker the Honorable Robert M. Bell, retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, followed by three concurrent panels focusing on homelessness, voting rights, immigration, HIV/AIDS, mental health, education, LGBTQ and marriage equality, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College. Registration is required; visit civilrights.hood.edu/conference.
- Tours of the Roger Brooke Taney House will allow visitors to explore what life was like for the many slaves who lived and worked in Frederick County from its beginnings until after the Civil War, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- A brief interfaith worship service will be followed by a performance featuring some of the gospel and freedom songs that provided a sound track for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.
- The Unveiling and dedication of a mural featuring prominent Frederick civil rights leader Lord Nickens, a collaborative effort by artists Jack Pabi and Anthony Owens, Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at the corner of 7th and North Market streets.
For more information, visit civilrights.hood.edu.