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Commemorative Programs

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

On October 9 the Council held a Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration hosted by Councilmember Nancy Navarro. The event included a  discussion with Hispanic and Latino leaders in Montgomery County whose work has helped to shape our community. Panelists shared their life experiences and achievements and discuss issues of importance for Hispanic and Latino residents in the County.

Panelist biographies, pictures and videos about the event can be found at the Hispanic Heritage Month 2018.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month 2018

On May 8, 2018, the Council recognized Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Councilmembers presented a proclamation and awards to community leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and showed a prepared video segment explaining the significance of the month and sharing personal stories from community leaders. There was also be a special recognition ceremony for individuals profiled in the video.

Panelist biographies, pictures and videos about the event can be found at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Month 2018.

Black History Month 2018

On February 27, 2018, the Council recognized Black History Month by focusing on “Preserving the Past and Educating for the Future.” The event included a panel discussion on the importance of preserving African American culture in Montgomery County featuring Gwen Reese, Representative, St. Paul’s Community Church, Sugarland; Christine Clarke, former County liaison to the African American community and resident of the Village of Jerusalem in Poolesville; and George W. McDaniel, Ph.D., President McDaniel Consulting, LLC & Executive Director Emeritus, Drayton Hall

Panelist biographies, pictures and videos about the event can be found at the Black History Month 2018.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

On October 10 at the Council Office Building in Rockville, Councilmember Nancy Navarro hosted a panel discussion with Hispanic and Latino leaders in Montgomery County whose work has helped to shape our community. Panelists shared their life experiences and achievements and discuss issues of importance for Hispanic and Latino residents in the County.

Panelist biographies, pictures and videos about the event can be found at the Hispanic Heritage Month 2017.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2017

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On May 2, 2017, Council President Roger Berliner and the County Council hosted a special event to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with community leaders. Panelists shared their experiences, gave details about their achievements, and discussed important issues for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who live in Montgomery County.

Panelist biographies, pictures and videos about the event can be found at the Asian American Celebration 2017.

Black History Month 2017

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 2017.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

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. Visit Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 page.

Holocaust Remembrance Day May 5, 2016

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.

Stories of Holocaust Survivors in Montgomery County, MD

Council Proclamation recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day by Councilmember Sidney Katz

Hispanic Heritage Month September 29, 2015

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. Visit Hispanic Heritage 2015 page.

Black History Month February 24, 2015

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. Visit  Black History Celebration 2015 page.

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