Black Baltimoreans helped establish the Niagara Movement, the precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and had one of the most active NAACP branches, counting among its members pastors, politicians, entrepreneurs, educators, athletes, musicians, and others. Meritorious services were rendered by Rev. Harvey Johnson; William Ashbie Hawkins; Lillie Carroll Jackson; Lillie's daughter Juanita Jackson Mitchell; Juanita's husband, Clarence Maurice Mitchell Jr.; Walter Thomas Dixon; Enolia McMillan; Lena King Lee; and countless others who created a proud legacy of activism in the Monumental City.
Philip J. Merrill, an author, historian, consultant, founder and CEO of Nanny Jack & Company LLC, served as the Black Americana specialist on two Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) shows: Antiques Roadshow and Chesapeake Collectibles for several years. In 2013, Merrill's oral history was archived in the Library of Congress by the HistoryMakers, and in 2021, he received the Baltimore City Historical Society's History Honors Award. Merrill is currently an expert contributor with the Discovery Channel's television show Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America. In 2023, he was appointed as a commissioner to the Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture.
Dana P. Moore, Esquire is Baltimore's first Chief Equity Officer. Appointed by Mayor Brandon M. Scott to the dual roles of Chief Equity Officer and Director of Baltimore’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights, Dana began serving in these roles in January 2021. Her mission is to establish frameworks within every City agency, board and commission that will assure compliance with Baltimore’s equity laws and mandates. She has a keen focus on helping all City employees carry out their vast and varied responsibilities with awareness of doing so through an equity lens. Ms. Moore is also the first woman in Baltimore’s history to serve as the City’s Acting City Solicitor, a role she assumed in March 2020. She led the City’s legal response to the pandemic, helping convert the Baltimore Convention Center into a field hospital, establishing testing sites throughout the city and negotiating terms to convert hotels into respite sites.