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Vol. 8, No. 7
February 17-23, 2000
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Take a Trip Thru History

Wish you could step back in time? You could find yourself on a Maryland farm back in the days when most of the work was done by slaves. You’ll learn about those days and more at the Banneker Douglass Museum of African American History in Annapolis.
Meet Frederick Douglass. A famous African American born in Maryland, Douglass lived as a slave until he was 20 years old, when he escaped.
Kids’ reporter Sharon Brewer took daughter Mary and friend Daniel to learn about how the lives of slaves. Here’s what they discovered.
Frederick Douglass often searched for crumbs from the table for his food. He was left outside in the coldest and hottest weather with very little to wear.
At the museum you, too, can see his possessions and read stories of his life, both the struggles and triumphs.
Mary’s favorite things were his piano and violin case, as well as an old fashioned slide viewer. Daniel liked the printing press and a copy of the Frederick Douglass News, a newspaper started by Douglass, the free man in New York. There is also a real Union Army jacket that was worn in the Civil War by his son. The museum will soon have a hands-on kids activity area.
Mary and Daniel learned that Douglass never gave up, spending his life working to end slavery. He spent much time speaking out for less fortunate people of all races. Because of his hardships and determination, Douglass is greatly admired.

‘To those who have suffered in slavery

I can say, I, too, have suffered...

to those who have battled for liberty, brotherhood and citizenship

I can say, I, too, have battled.’

Frederick Douglass

How good are you with African American history?
Can You Unscramble The Name Below?

Hint: Civil rights leader who made the famous ‘I have a dream...’ speech

Answer: Martin Luther King

Famous Firsts

1. Jesse Owens
a. first African American to play in the major leagues
2. Scott Joplin
b. first Black opera singer to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera
3. Marian Anderson c. first athelete to win 4 gold Olympic medals
4. Jackie Robinson d. first songwriter to have a piece of sheet music sell a million copies.

Answers: 1.c 2.d 3.b 4.a

Kids' Calendar

Sculpt Some Wildlife
Sat. Feb. 19-(Ages 6-8 10-11am & Ages 9-12 11:30-1pm)- Make your favorite animal out of clay while learning about the wonders of local wildlife. Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel. Free; Rsvp: 301/497-5887.

Living with the Dinosaurs
Fri. Feb. 18 (10am)-Tickle your funny bone as you listen to If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most. Try your hand at dinosaur artwork. Barnes and Noble, Harbour Center, Annapolis: 410/573-1115.

Douglass Birthday Celebration
Tues. Feb. 22 (7:30pm)-Celebrate Frederick Douglass’ birthday and Black History Month. Listen to the Maryland Gospel Choir and enjoy Banneker-Douglass Museum exhibits. Annapolis: 410/216-6180.

Fun for the Summer
Sat. Feb. 26 (10am-2pm)- Find out about all kinds of summer camps, including ‘sleep aways’ and one day camps. Hike over to the Summer Camp Fair 2000 and bring a friend. Annapolis Senior High School, Annapolis. Free: 410/263-1641.

Kids Lunch Theater
Sat. Feb. 26 (11:30am)-Have lunch and enjoy a musical version of Little Red Riding Hood. Lunch @ noon. Chesapeake Music Hall, Annapolis: 410/626-7515.

Election Day Camp for Kids
Tues. Mar. 7 (7am-6pm)-A full day of fun and activities is planned for a holiday camp. Bring a bag lunch but snacks are provided. South County Recreation Center, Harwood. K-6. rsvp: 410/222-7313.

Calling American Girls
Sat. Mar. 11 (2-4pm)-Read the American Girl series? Meet the author, Valerie Tripp. Watch the presentation of Molly and other dolls, a 1940’s display, music and a craft activity. Bring an item to have autographed. Severna Park Library; rsvp: 410/222-6290.

Contest for Peace
By Mar. 15-Middle school students, enter an essay contest focusing on peace and social justice. Cash prizes awarded by sponsors, Peace Action chapters in AA and Montgomery counties and the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund. Essays are double spaced and less than 1200 words. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number or e-mail address and name of your teacher. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. Mail to: Peace Essay Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD. 410/263-7409.

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