By AFRO Staff

The upcoming Maryland Gubernatorial Forum, hosted by Associated Black Charities and the Greater Baltimore Committee, is now open to anyone who wants to attend. Previously, the event was limited to employees of Greater Baltimore Committee member organizations and those invited by Associated Black Charities.

The event is set for April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.

Diane Bell-McKoy (pictured), president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, will ask the gubernatorial candidates questions at an upcoming forum along with Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. (Courtesy photo)

While the event is free, attendees must register in advance.

So far seven Democratic candidates have said they will participate: Rushern Baker, Benjamin Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who is a Republican, has also been invited.

“Maryland is one of many states across the country where racial and ethnic demographics are increasing,” Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, said in statement. “The importance of using a racial equity lens in policy in order to create more equitable outcomes for all Marylanders is imperative. We are excited about Marylanders getting to know these candidates and to assess which of them would best speak to their dreams and aspirations for a better, more equitable Maryland.”

The forum will be held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Leadership Hall, 685 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Register at For more information go to