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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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Twenty-Years of Civil Rights Progress- A History of the Human Relations Commission of Montgomerty County Maryland

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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 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.


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.


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.  These events include 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.


2014 Literary Contest

Montgomery County Friendship Picnic. Bringing Together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths. The Friendship Picnic held on Sunday, October 13, drew people from various ethnic and faith traditions to the Wheaton Regional Park for enjoying each other's food and traditions through conversation, live music and dance. The first Annual Friendship Picnic was co-sponsored by the HRC Committee on Hate/Violence and the County Executive's Faith Community Working Group. See photos from this event.


2014 Literary Contest

Human Rights Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Ceremony. Eight residents were inducted into the Human Rights Hall of Fame by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR). The event was held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown. The honorees were recognized for their visionary leadership, outstanding achievements and altruism on the road to eliminating discrimination and advancing human rights.  Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP was the keynote speaker for this event. The 2014 Hall of Fame Ceremony is set for Sunday, October 12, 2014 More.


Chairman Russell Campbell at the podiumChairman Russell Campbell speaks at Montgomery County Muslim Council Iftar. This event was co-hosted by the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships, the Montgomery County Muslim Council and the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Muslim community leaders gave remarks at the celebration. Mr. Leggett issued a proclamation honoring the month of Ramadan.
Tom Manger and Staff attending Human Rights Commission meeting.
Chief Tom Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department attends the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission to share his vision on public safety in a changing diverse community. Montgomery County in the most recent census became a majority minority county with 51.7 % of the population now minority and people of color. Chief Manger has worked with great purpose to insure all segments of the community are safe, treated with dignity and respect by police and that the police department continues to work to insure that the depart rank and file reflects the growing diversity of the County. Chief Manger then addressed questions from Commissioners.



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