Maryland Considers Adding Ceremonial Holidays | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland Considers Adding Ceremonial Holidays

Play associated audio

Legislative committees in Maryland are considering bills that would add several ceremonial holidays to the state calendar.

One bill would create a Maryland Emancipation Day for Nov. 1, the day in 1864 when the state constitution was adopted to abolish slavery in Maryland.

Other ceremonial holidays under consideration include Maryland Centenarians Day for the first Thursday in May, Rare Disease Day for the last day of February, Youth Political Awareness Day for the day before Election Day in November, and Young Heroes Day for the first Monday in October.

That day would celebrate the "positive contributions minors have made to society." And while another bill would give German-Americans their own heritage day in Maryland on Oct. 3, to mark the day east and west Germany re-unified in 1990, a different day would give Irish-Americans their own heritage month in March.

NPR

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
NPR

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
NPR

House Votes To Fund DHS Without Immigration Curbs

The hard-core conservatives in House Speaker John Boehner's Republican caucus wanted to use a Department of Homeland Security funding bill to undo President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
NPR

Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Becoming Internet-famous is a gold mine for some, a nightmare for others. The world of memes can pit free speech against the desire for privacy. And laws generally aren't keeping up, an expert says.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.