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Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee...This week, it's Robert E. week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
- President Trump
Charlottesville: Joint Statement of Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett with Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and the Committee on Hate Violence 

Again we are stunned and outraged at the continuing horrific acts of hate, violence and bigotry thrust upon the victims and members of our nation’s communities, this time in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Our condolences and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and injured participants and first responders.
Montgomery County stands in solidarity with the Charlottesville community and condemns this senseless attack and inexcusable display of hatred by white supremacist groups. This is a time to unite in healing and we decry hateful attempts to divide our communities.  We have experienced hatred here in Montgomery County; and this incident reminds us that hate, unfortunately, exists everywhere. In Montgomery County we will be intentional about doing what we can to insure that our community is free of bigotry, hate and fear.

Leggett Announces Relocation of Confederate Soldier Statue

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words remain true today. “Hate will not drive out darkness only light can do that; Hate will not drive out hate, only love will do that.” 

So we call upon all our organizations and institutions, places of business and all residents to recommit to working to help us eliminate discrimination, prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and acts of hate, violence and intimidation to promote goodwill, cooperation and understanding. This is the Montgomery County Way.
After Charlottesville, Push for Real Reform
By Jesse Jackson

The Importance of a President's Words, Comfort and Resolve
by Larry Buford

City of Baltimore, Agreeing with Jealous and Hogan, Removes Confederate Statues
Statues in Baltimore of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were hauled away after the city council joined Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and a groundswell of opposition to Confederate-linked monuments. . Statues honoring Confederate women and Roger B. Taney, the former chief justice who authored the notorious 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to Black Americans, were also removed.

Public Pursuits: Who's Who has published a list of close to 100 Montgomery County candidates seeking local, state and federal office. The list includes 20 candidates vying for the four at-large seats on the County Council. Below are officials who currently hold elective office in the county.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Cong. Jamie Raskin (D-8th Dist.)
Cong. Anthony Brown (D-4th Dist)
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
Jheanelle Wilkins, Md. State Delegate, Dist. 20
Pamela Queen, Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 14)
Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
Roger Berliner, President, Montgomery County Council
George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council, At-Large
Nancy Floreen, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Marc Elrich, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Hans Riemer, Mont. County Council (D-At-Large)
Craig Rice, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 2)
Nancy Navarro, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 4)
Tom Hucker, Mont. County Council (D-Dist. 5)
Obie Patterson, Pr. George's County Council
Andrea Harrison, Pr. George's County Council
Julian Norment, African-American Liaison
Daniel Koroma, African & Caribbean Liaison
Al Carr. Md. Delegate (D-Dist. 18)
President Trump's Black Agenda

By William Reed
Diverse Cops Make Difference in Policing Hate
By Jenny Manrique, New America Media
San Francisco's hate crimes unit is one of only a handful of such police units across the country, at a time when hate crimes are on the rise. Officials say the department's diversity is a key part of its success.
Read more.
Trump Says 'No' to NAACP
Voting Rights, Healthcare, Policing, Gun Violence among Issues at Civil Rights Group's Convention

According to Maryland Reporter, the White House said that President Trump declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP's 108th convention in Baltimore, leading the nation's oldest civil rights organization to question the president's commitment to his African American constituents. The last time the NAACP held its national convention in Baltimore in 2000, the speakers included then-President Bill Clinton and the two men who were vying to replace him, Al Gore and George W. Bush. In other news, the NAACP Board of Directors ratified the Executive Committee's decision to appoint Derrick Johnson to serve as its interim president & CEO. Johnson, a long-standing member of the NAACP, previously served as vice chair of the national board and president of the Mississippi State Conference.


Gov. Larry Hogan


State Announces Over $22mil to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, Dept. of Health, and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention recently announced more than $22 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Eighty percent will go to Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions and service providers to fund prevention, enforcement, and treatment efforts throughout the state.  It includes $2 million fpr a 24-hour crisis center in Baltimore.The funding for FY 2018 includes the first $10 million of Gov. Larry Hogan’s $50 million commitment to address the crisis announced in March 2017, the first $10 million from the federal 21st Century Cures Act, and $2.1 million from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)


Fox News and Ebony magazine receive black journalism group's "Thumbs Down" award

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) issued its 2017 Thumbs Down Award to FOX News and Ebony magazine. The award is presented annually for insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartoons about the black community or for engaging in practices at odds with NABJ goals. In addition to lawsuits accusing FOX News of "abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination," there have also been allegations of sexual harassment and lack of diversity. Ebony magazine, under its new owners Clear View Group, has made headlines this year because of staff cuts; the relocation of its headquarters from its founding base in Chicago to Los Angeles; and its responses to reports of late or non-payment for work performed by staff or freelance journalists.

Is another black president in America's future?

(CNS) - Since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's loss in the November election, some Democrats have turned to former first lady Michelle Obama and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, hoping one or both will run in the 2020 presidential election. Others have mentioned California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Maryland lawmaker revives drive for equal rights for women in Constitution

(CNS) - Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired Democratic lawmakers to re-introduce legislation that would ensure equal rights for women in the U.S. Constitution.

AARP outlines priorities to President Trump

The organization's priorities protection of Social Security, Medicare benefits, access to affordable health care, prescription costs.

Community News & Events

Race in America: Past & Present
Part 1: America's 20th Century slavery: The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.    

Part 2: Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed

Part 3: A House divided: Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth than whites at the same income level?

Part 8: The new white Negro: Is family breakdown now biracial?

Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4), the county's first Latina councilmember, called President Trump's immigration order "an affront to our way of life in Montgomery County. His rhetoric has become reality, and we have to stand up for all of our residents.”
Where are they now?
Doug Duncan is now president/CEO of the Greater Washington Leadership Conference. The former three-term Montgomery County Executive also served as mayor of the city of Rockville.
Parker Hamilton, after 12 years as director of Montgomery County Public Libraries, has retired and is returning to her hometown in Alabama, reports Bethesda Beat.
Herman Taylor Jr., one of Montgomery County's first African Americans elected to the state legislature, serves on the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board. He also heads a Minority Business Council.
Greg Wims, a businessman and founder of the Victims Rights Foundation, was installed as the first African American governor of a 2,200-member Rotary Club district located in Central Maryland and Washington, D.C. Wims is also a member of Leadership Montgomery and a former president of the Montgomery County NAACP.
Opinions & Editorials

Larry Buford - O.J. Simpson, the Biblical Joseph Story in Reverse

William Reed: What Do Black Republicans Believe? - Stop Dallying Around about "The Debt"

Dr. Marjorie Innocent - Black Church is Needed to Fight HIV

Jesse Jackson Sr.: Facing the Assault on Civil Rights - Trump Revels in Dangerous Chaos


Raynard Jackson: Fake Feminists - When was America Ever Great?


Dr. Wilmer Leon III: America at the Dawn of Darkness

Dr. Barbara Reynolds: Remembering Coretta Scott King


Dr. William Small Jr. - American Politics are Trumping Democracy

Marc Morial: Foreign Influence


Cong. Robin Kelly: The Path Forward


Millicent Gorham: Don't Increase Co-payments for the Vulnerable

President Donald J. Trump
Trump: "Washington's power is going back to the American people" (CNS) Washington - Promising to put "America first," Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, assuming leadership of a polarized nation but with the benefits of a Republican-controlled Congress. - Abby Mergenmeier, Jess Nocera, Talia Richman & Briana Thomas

Dr. Ben Carson, New Housing & Urban Development Secretary

Know Your Rights Under Trump