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Community News & Events

Black History Month: Our Heritage From the Civil War to Education in Montgomery County

Feb. 4 - 2pm, Still Standing: One- and Two-Room Schoolhouses, Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, 24-773-9460. Speaker: Ralph Buglass

Feb. 12 - 2pm, The Boyd School & Education, Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg, 240-777-0200. Speaker: Elaine Fors-MacKellar

Feb. 16 - 6pm, Within these Walls: The Contraband Hospital & African Americans Who Served There, Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr, Rockville, 240-777-0240. Speaker: Jill Newmark

Sponsors: Montgomery County Public Libraries & Montgomery County Historical Society

NAACP seeks volunteers
The Montgomery County NAACP needs volunteers for several committees: economic development chair, down county membership co-chair, WIN chair and political action chair. You must be a current member. For more information, write to chapter president Linda Plummer at lplmp@aol.com.

Prince George’s budget “listening session” with County Exec Rushern Baker III - Tues., Feb, 7-9:00pm, Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Md. Participants who testify are limited to 3 minutes. Submit written testimony by online registration form. All budget sessions streamed live via the county website. Speakers can register online, sign in on-site or call 301-952-4547.


Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s 8th Annual Broadband & Social Justice Summit – Feb. 7, Westin Georgetown Hotel, Washington, DC. Trump’s new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai headlines, with other top decision makers impacting the nation’s internet, communications, technology and digital future to discuss the latest policy developments. 


Immigration Information Session for Community Providers/Community Partners – Feb. 8, at 3pm, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. Host: Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships

Rsvp to Nestor.Alvarenga@montgomerycountymd.gov.


5th Annual Interfaith Environmental Conference, Feb. 12, 3-5pm, St. Rose of Lima, Woodlands Room, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg

Preventing Hate Crimes and Extremism: Montgomery County Model, Feb. 14 - 11:00am, County Council Office Bldg, 3rd Fl Hearing Rm, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville


Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 16, 11:30a.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville


Montgomery County HBCU College Fair – Feb. 17, 6-8pm, Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville https://sites.google.com/a/mcpsmd.net/mcps-hbcu

Black History Tour: Winter Edition, Feb. 18, 11:30am-1:00pm, Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring. Illustrated talk explores Silver Spring's historic landscape as it transitioned from Jim Crow segregation into the thriving multicultural community it today.

Education Forums – 6:30-8:30pm

Feb. 15: Northwest HS, 13501 Richter Farm Rd., Germantown

March 8: Montgomery Blair HS. 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring

March 15: Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus (Catherine F. Scott Bldg., Rm 211, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park

March 22: Walter Johnson HS 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda

March 29: Richard Montgomery HS. 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville

Hosts: County Council Education Committee Chair Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public Schools Supt Jack Smith and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard

Purpose: to provide information, and seek input, on the programs and budgets of the county’s public school system and community college; how budget priorities are established by the Board of Education, the County Executive and the County Council.


Montgomery County STEM Summit – Feb. 26, Silver Spring Civic Center, 12:30pm. Panels and discussions. Free event for educators from pre-K to college, business leaders and employers, government leaders and service providers. Rsvp: https://mocostemsummit.eventbrite.com.

Black History Month Events at Montgomery College

  • Feb. 7-Mar. 31, 2-3pm, Globe Hall Foyer, Germantown, Justyne Fischer, award-winning artist and educator will discuss her art exhibit - Open Season: Social Memorials. Free.
  • Feb. 8, 1pm, Germantown Campus Library. Four prize-winning poets will read their works: Kateema Lee, poet/ English professor will be joined by three other African-American women poets: Bettina Judd, 2013 Hudson Prize winner for her collection Patient; Maya Marshall, editor of the Yemasse Journal; and DeLana R. A. Dameron whose collection, How God Ends Us, received the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize in 2008. Free.
  • Feb. 12, 2pm & 6pm, Cultural Arts Center- Silver Spring. Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with nonstop action and incredible features that include African acrobats, jugglers, vocalists, and comedy, plus the Limbo and Lion dances. MC ID/student $15 | regular $25 | at door $35.
  • Feb. 16, 1pm, Cultural Arts Center- Silver Spring - The Legacy and the Burden of History: A Conservation with Author Rion Amilcar Scott. Karl Smith, political science/history professor; and Cinder Barnes, English professor, will lead conversation with author Rion Amilcar Scott who will read from his new book, Insurrections - whose short stories take place in a fictional town based on Silver Spring. Free.
  • Feb. 18,  9am, Cultural Arts Center – Takoma Park/Silver Spring - Maryland African American Preservation Conference. Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Office of the Vice President/Provost. Celebrating the local community, preserving the historical value and experiences of Black lives, and historical footprints of the past, present, and future. MC ID/student: $15 | regular: $40. Ticket cost includes lunch. For more information: Lincoln Park Historical Foundation, 301-674-1644 or apowell230@gmail.com.
  • Feb. 18, 7pm, Planetarium: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. African Skies in the Planetarium explores the African skies and African astronomical mythology. Hear creation myths and how 40,000 people got their freedom using Drinking Gourd and the Big Dipper. The African people have a large body of cosmological legendary tales, which are short, often humorous, and always educational. Free.
  • Feb. 21, 11am, Cultural Arts Theatre 1, Takoma Park/Silver Spring & Globe Hall, Germantown. Dwight Watkins, ex-Baltimore drug dealer is the author of A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. With a chapter on Freddie Grey, Watkins asserts that putting down all guns is one answer to the epidemic problem that involves education, jobs, prisons, and health. Co-sponsors IJRC, Humanities Division, Black Student Union. Free.
  • Feb. 22, The Commons Bldg. Takoma Park Silver Spring - Screening and discussion of “Father Joseph”, a film about strides in grassroots development initiatives throughout rural Haiti. Free.

 For more information, contact Karla Silvestre, director of community engagement, 240-567-4365.