Lift Every Voice – Speak, Act, Vote! (ACLU-MD’s Constitution Day-Inspired 90th Anniversary Event)

September 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

ACLU of Maryland is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year!

Please join us for “Lift Every Voice – Speak, Act, Vote!” – a virtual Constitution Day-inspired special online 90th Anniversary event on Thursday, September 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Text ACLUMD to 41444 or visit to make a 90th Anniversary gift to ACLU-MD.

Back in 1931, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a Black man named Euel Lee, aka Orphan Jones, was racially abused, threated with lynching by a white mob, beaten before he was questioned, brutalized, charged with murder, and denied counsel. That case spurred the first gathering of what would become the ACLU of Maryland, as activist Elisabeth Gilman and her friends to try to get some justice for Lee.

90 years later we continue our journey for race equity that began at our founding.

Event highlights include:

  • A spoken word performance from Lady Brion, Executive Director of Baltimore's Black Arts District, international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer, and educator;
  • A pre-recorded panel discussion with reflections from ACLU-MD Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley, ACLU-MD Senior Education Advocate Frank Patinella, and Executive Director of Baltimore's Black Arts District Lady Brion.
  • An opportunity for you to make a special gift in honor of ACLU-MD's milestone birthday!

Learn more about ACLU of Maryland’s 90th anniversary here.