On February 14, 2017, the Council recognized Black History Month with a Community Spotlights on Tobytown and Lincoln Park. Ms. Phyllis Shaw represented Tobytown and Ms. Anita Neal Powell represented Lincoln Park. These women shared their personal stories and the histories of their communities to help educate the public and policy makers about the work that is still left to do. Other featured speakers included: Christina Clarke, Solomon Graham, Wilma Holmes, Arva Jackson, Donna Johnson, and Vernon Ricks. For pictures and videos about he event, visit the Black History Month Celebration page.
On Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Council Office Building in Rockville, Councilmember Nancy Navarro will host a panel discussion with Hispanic and Latino leaders in Montgomery County whose work in community development and business expansion has helped to shape our community. Panelists will share their life experiences and achievements and discuss issues of importance for Hispanic and Latino residents in the County.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945, and while Jews were the primary target—six million were murdered—other ethnic and religious groups also were victimized. Pursuant to a 1980 Act of Congress, the United Holocaust Memorial Council designates “Days of Remembrance” each year to recall and reflect on the horrible crimes committed during the Holocaust and to endure that the memory and legacy of lives lost will not be forgotten.
The County Council proclaims Thursday, May 5, 2016 as Holocaust Remembrance Day in Montgomery County and urges residents to rededicate themselves to not bear silent witness to injustice and to always remain vigilant to the principals of a just society.
Council hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of residents whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and Spain.
To celebrate the Black History Month, County Council hosted a roundtable discussion with six long-time residents whose activism on civil rights and social justice issues played key roles in the County’s Civil Rights movement.