Civic education and involvement are essential for a flourishing American democracy. Across the country, people are recognizing the importance of civic engagement and taking action to promote it. In Calvert County, this has been a long-standing tradition, with many local lodges of national government organizations, including my own family's involvement in the past. In 1921, a parcel of land was purchased to become the headquarters of the first Rosenwald school in Calvert County, offering high school curriculum to African-American students. Recently, 12 grassroots organizations have come together to expand civic participation and support a new wave of movement-building in California's black communities.
During the 1960s, the Masons at Prince Hall in Calvert County were heavily involved in the civil rights movement. The Prince Frederick Central Industrial School was built on land purchased by Galilean fishermen in 1921 and was the first Rosenwald school in Calvert County. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought attention to issues such as police brutality, mass incarceration, and school-to-prison transportation practices in public schools. This has created an opportunity for African-Americans to become more civically engaged and motivated younger generations to take on leadership roles and participate more actively. It is important to recognize that as “likely voters in the black community age, it's critical to engage and motivate younger generations to assume leadership and civic participation at higher rates.”In order for African-Americans to become more civically engaged in Calvert County, there are several steps that can be taken. First, it is important to educate young people about their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
This can be done through programs such as voter registration drives, town hall meetings, and other forms of civic education. Additionally, it is important to create opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities through volunteerism and activism. Second, it is important to create spaces for African-Americans to come together and discuss issues that are important to them. This could include hosting events such as town hall meetings or forums where people can come together and discuss issues that affect their community. Additionally, it is important to create spaces where African-Americans can come together and celebrate their culture and heritage. Finally, it is important to create opportunities for African-Americans to become more civically engaged through voting.
This could include registering people to vote or providing resources on how to register. Additionally, it is important to provide resources on how people can become informed about candidates and issues that are important to them. By taking these steps, African-Americans can become more civically engaged in Calvert County and help create a thriving democracy. Through education, activism, and voting, African-Americans can take the lead in promoting civic engagement in their community.