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James L. Stowe, Director

James L. Stowe, Director
Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights

2014 Children of the Dream Award and the Humanitarian Award

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee selected it's winners for the Children of the Dream Award, and the Humanitarian Award which was presented at the 2013 MLK Celebration. Click here for more information

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Michael Bruen of County Cable Montgomery interviews James L. Stowe, Director of Montgomery County's Office of Human Rights.

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Office of Human Rights logoThe Office of Human Rights investigates incidents of hate/violence and complaints of discrimination. Victims of hate/violence crimes can seek compensation for replacement of property through the County's Partnership Fund, administered by the Office of Human Rights.

Bullying in Schools: Town Hall Meeting, Sunday September 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Lets Hear Your Voices on Prevention and Intervention Strategies! The keynote speaker for this event will be Mr. Johnnie Williams III, National Youth Advocate. This meeting is being presented by the Montgomery County Committee on Hate Violence. Click here for details.




Small Business FlyerSIGN-UP NOW !  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENED TO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. County, State & Federal Employment Law Update & Information Breakfast Tuesday, September 30th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Come and learn what you need to know about new and emerging Employment Laws and Regulations. This event is presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery  County Human Rights Commission. Please RSVP by Friday September 19, 2014. Sign language and other accomodations are available if requested by September 26, 2014. See flyer for details.



2014 Friendship PicnicMontgomery County Friendship Picnic Sunday, September 14th drew approximately 1,000 people to Wheaton Regional Park. Bringting Together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths. Many gathered to have fun and meet new friends for a better community. There was plenty of activities and rides for the kids, live music, dancing, Zumba and entertainment for all! Food and beverages were provided so everyone could relax and enjoy the afternoon. Sign language interpreter and other accommodations were also available. See photos from this event.



Juneteenth CelebrationJuneteenth Celebration at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. Montgomery County, Maryland’s Office of Community Partnerships, Office of Human Rights Office of Human Resources - EEO Compliance Unit, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery College, NAACP - Montgomery County Chapter and The Lincoln Park Historical Foundation Proudly Presented Montgomery County’s 18th Annual Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia by the Colored People, in Washington, DC, April 19, 1866. This event was held June 17th. Spreading the Good News in Words and Song with Dignity and Excellence! See photos from this event here.


Human Rights CampParticipate in the Human Rights Camp. SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 29. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp". The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp here.

AntiBullying Event Hear the Maryland Crunch! is a fun and educational event that culminates with a state-wide, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 thousands of Marylanders crunched apples together to help fight childhood hunger. See more photos from this event here.


AntiBullying Event Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence Presents"Bullying in Schools: A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies." This event was held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The kenote speaker for this event is Johnnie Williams III. See photos from this event here.


Bullying Awareness MonthBullying Awareness Month. Councilmember Valerie Ervin (second from left) was among those who spoke about increasing awareness about the lifelong impacts of bullying. Also at the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: James Stowe, director of the County’s Office of Human Rights; Michael Scarano of Rocking the Rage—a non-profit organization centered on creating a national shift toward refocusing attention on kindness; and Mirin Phool, founder of the Kaur Foundation, which aims to promote cultural diversity and create awareness of the Sikh identity, heritage and secular values.

MC Council and members of the County’s Black History Month Committee.Recognizing Black History. Black History Month’s 2014 theme of "Civil Rights in America" was celebrated on Feb. 4 by the Montgomery County Council and members of the County’s Black History Month Committee. This year’s theme chronicles the important milestones achieved by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights, as well as marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Council President Craig Rice; JoAnn Barnes; Debra Jones; James Stowe, director of the County’s Office of Human Rights; Teresa Blair; Deborah Milo; Cornelia Gregory; Julian Norment; and Councilmember Cherri Branson.


2014 Literary Contest

Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will host its eighth biennial Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. The Human Rights Hall of Fame mission is to honor individuals who have made great personal sacrifices in contributing to human and civil rights in Montgomery County, either as trailblazer of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. This year's theme is "Advancing New Strategies for Human & Civil Rights".

See nomination form to nominate an individual for this years Hall of Fame. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked by August 22, 2014 if sent by mail. More.


2014 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour 2014 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, March 31- April 5, 2014. This fun filled and educational tour traveled south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour retraced the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. 

You dont't have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. The Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the Committee Founder. Check back soon for photos of this informative event.


2014 Literary ContestSee photos and videos from various events and/or activities of the Office of Human Rights.  Photos include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the MLK, Jr. Committee and events such as the 20th year that Montgomery County has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a formal tribute and musical celebration at Strathmore, photos from the Joint Commission Public Forum on "Do You Think A Trayvon Martin-Type Incident Could Occur In Montgomery County." , among others. See photos here.


Human Rights Day 2013Promoting Human Rights. The Montgomery County Council on Dec. 10, 2013 joined in the worldwide celebration of Human Rights Day. The United Nations approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948.

At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Terry Vann and Tina Patterson, members of the County’s Human Rights Commission;  James Stowe, director of the Office of Human Rights; and Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice. Also at the Dec. 10  ceremonies Terry Vann of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission joined in the reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


2014 Humanitarian AwardThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee sought nominations for the Humanitarian Award and the Children of the Dream Award, presented at this year’s MLK Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014. Montgomery County, the City of Gaithersburg, the City of Takoma Park and the Town of Garrett Park jointly sponsor this celebration, which was held at Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland. See the recipients of this award here.






Montgomery County Office of Human Rights
21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · TTY: 240.777.8480