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Celebrating Diversity

We are dedicated to celebrating Baltimore’s diversity while practicing inclusive and equitable planning strategies for all meetings and events.

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Diverse City

Baltimore is proud of its diverse history and heritage. Remnants of the immigration patterns that grew our population in the last two centuries are still visible in neighborhoods like Greektown, Pennsylvania Avenue and Little Italy—and today, Baltimore’s population is 63 percent Black and hosts growing segments of Hispanic and Asian residents:

Baltimore city composition by race

Black Culture

Baltimore’s rich African American history has translated into a powerful Black culture today. And lately, we’ve been gaining recognition for our commitment to inclusivity. A recent study showed that Maryland has the nation’s highest rate of per-capita minority- and women-owned businesses. And this year, Baltimore was chosen to host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournaments—made up of smaller historically black colleges and universities—which is expected to draw more than 150,000 fans to the city each year for the event, starting in 2021 through 2023.

“This is a place where it feels like Black History Month every day…”   The New York Times

LGBTQ+

Baltimore is a place that celebrates creativity, embraces individuality and is welcoming to all. We’re known for our world-class cultural institutions and offbeat icons like hometown filmmaker John Waters. There’s even an entire museum dedicated to outsider artists located alongside the famous Inner Harbor, complete with a 10-foot-tall sculpture of drag queen Divine – the American Visionary Art Museum 

Be sure to add Mount Vernon to your itinerary—centered around the nation’s first Washington Monumentthis National Landmark Historic District hosted the inaugural Baltimore Pride celebration in 1975 and continues as a cultural hub today. The LGBTQ community also has rich history in Charles Village, where many social activists and organizations called home in the 1970s and ’80s.

Get In Touch

Connect with the people and places that make Baltimore an unforgettable destination.

Laurie Nelson-Choice, CTA

Director of Diversity and National Sales
[email protected]
202-588-8800

Laurie Nelson-Choice oversees group sales to associations, unions and government groups in the mid-Atlantic region, as well as religious, multicultural and LGBTQ+ groups nation-wide.