First Lady Katie O’Malley Scheduled to Speak at Frederick Douglass Honor Society/YMCA of Talbot County Race and Celebration

First Lady Katie O’Malley will officially welcome visitors to the Frederick Douglass Honor Society/YMCA of Talbot County 10 Mile Race and Celebration on May 1, 2010.

Beginning at 9:00 am, walkers, runners and wheelchair athletes will set out from the Talbot County Courthouse to follow a 10-mile route that will pass by historic sites in Easton, MD where Frederick Douglass spoke as a free man. A shuttle will be available to those participants that choose not to finish the 10-ten miles. The event will show support and honor Frederick Douglass whose accomplishments changed history and made extensive improvements in the lives of all Americans.

Half of the race proceeds will be used for the creation of a memorial to honor Frederick Douglass on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn. The other half will be given to the YMCA of Talbot County to promote physical fitness in the community.

From 10:00 to 2:30 pm, a Celebration will take place in the historic district of Easton that will include a special welcome by Maryland’s First Lady Katie O’Malley, who is expected to make remarks at 12:30 pm in front of the Talbot County Courthouse. Other special guests include a representative from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month; the Historical Society of Talbot County; Talbot County NAACP; Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Delegate Addie C. Eckardt.

The Celebration – expected to be large enough such that some streets in the historic district will be closed to vehicle traffic – will also include many vendors and entertainment by the highly popular XPD Band and the Blues DeVille Band to also include an uplifting performance by the Union Baptist Choir of Easton and a throwback performance by barbershop quartet, Bay Country Chorus. Additionally, Random House author, Timothy Young, will be present to sign copies of his book, I’m Looking for a Monster! Shops and restaurants in the historic district that are generally open on Saturday’s will be open and welcome all visitors.

The race and celebration is an official Easton 300th Anniversary event.

Megan Cook, councilwoman for the Town of Easton and chair of the entire race committee says, “May 1st will be an exciting and historic day in Easton. This will definitely prove to be a ‘don’t miss’ event and we encourage everyone to come out and participate in the family-friendly festivities.”

For more information on the race and celebration and to register, please visit

About the Frederick Douglass Historical Society/YMCA of Talbot County 10 Mile Race and Celebration
To learn more about the Race and Celebration, please visit or contact Mary Ann Henker of The Henker Group at 410.253.7023 or