Diversity movers & shakers


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President Donald J. Trump
Trump takes oath as 45th President of the United States
Photo courtesy/White House
Photo courtesy/Trump Campaign
President Trump first 100 days:
  • visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • succeeded in getting the following Cabinet positions confirmed: Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General; Tom Price as Health & Human Services Secretary; Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary; Dr. Ben Carson as Housing & Urban Development Secretary; and Gov. Rick Perry as Energy Secretary
  • clashed with courts after his order limiting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal judge and an appeals court.
  • introduced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court -- Judge Neil Gorsuch, who follows the strict constitutional principles espoused by former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • met with pharmaceutical executives to urge them to lower medical costs and to bring back jobs to the United States.
  • created an executive order that will make appointees in executive agencies sign an ethics pledge not to engage in lobbying activities within five years of leaving their post and not accepting gifts from registered lobbyists or a lobbying organization.
  • signed an executive order that, he said, will “dramatically reduce federal regulations” on businesses. The goal is “to end the damaging effects of over-regulation on our small businesses, our economy and our entrepreneurial spirit.”

Trump declares "Washington's power is going back to the American people"

By Abby Mergenmeier, Jess Nocera, Talia Richman and Briana Tomas
(CNS) WASHINGTON -- Promising to put “America first,” Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, Jan. 20, assuming leadership of a polarized nation but with the benefits of a Republican-controlled Congress.

Trump promises "new deal" for African Americans: CBS News

Dr. Ben Carson: new Housing & Urban Development Secretary

Know your rights under Trump

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)


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. Corey 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.

Trump promises interview to African American news group

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Omarosa Manigault, recently named assistant to the president and director of communications in the Office of Public Liaison for the Trump administration, recently promised the first press interview with President Trump to Benjamin Chavis, president/CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, according to sources who attended a private meeting with the transition team. (Photo: Ben Chavis, president, NNPA)

Ben Chavis, NNPA

AARP outlines priorities to President Trump

Includes protection of Social Security, Medicare benefits, access to affordable health care, prescription costs

Gov. Larry Hogan

State-of-the-State (Video)

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (CNS) — Gov. Larry Hogan delivered his third state-of-the-state address, saying much has been accomplished over the past couple of years but there’s more work yet to be done.

By: Caroline Cummings


Democrats react to Hogan (Video)

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (CNS) —Maryland Senate President Mike Miller gave high marks to the governor’s annual assessment of the state and said they’ll be working together to make positive things happen.

By: Kathlyn Carney

Maryland Democrats ready to play defense against President Trump (Video)

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (CNS)--Surrounded by State House Democrats, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch introduced multiple pieces of legislation designed to protect the state against the effects of President Donald Trump's executive orders and new regulations.

By: George Gerbo

Councilmember Nancy Navarro


Campus walkout (video)

UMD students boycotted classes to protest President Trump's immigration order while seeking more action from University President Loh.

Montgomery County reassures immigrants Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council issued a joint statement reaffirming the county’s policy of not enforcing federal immigration law, nor inquiring about a person’s immigration status when individuals are stopped, nor target individuals based on their ethnicity, race, or religious beliefs. (See full statement)

Latina councilmember is outraged over Trump's immigration order
Calling it "punitive action," Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro expressed outrage over President Trump's decision to "single-handedly obliterate protections for many of our residents who are working hard for a better life in our County and in counties and cities across America." She added: “...it is 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.”

Leggett vetoes $15/hr minimum wage Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett "reluctantly" vetoed a $15/hr minimum wage. In a memo, he cited his reservations about "the time, circumstances and conditions" of the legislation which the county council passed with a 5-4 vote.

Community News & Events

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, 7-9pm, 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 Plaza. Host: 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


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

Montgomery County HBCU College Fair - Feb. 17, 6-8pm, Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville


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?

Trump Celebrates African American History Month

In celebration of 2017 African American History Month, President Trump called on all Americans to “reflect on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.” Reflecting on the many roles African Americans have played in building America, he urged people to rededicate themselves to the work of “ensuring that all children have access to quality educational opportunities…that can empower them to follow in the footsteps” of African Americans like Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in America’s space program; Madam C.J. Walker, a successful entrepreneur; and Robert Smalls, a former slave who is believed to have founded America’s first free and compulsory public school system. Trump urged Americans to “use the commemoration of African American History Month to build a stronger, more united America,” and to serve as “a reminder of the need for meaningful dialogue and shared commitment to collective action that uplifts and empowers…”

Opinions & Editorials

William Reed: Stop dallying around about "the debt"

Jesse Jackson Sr.: Civil rights will suffer under SessionsTrump shows he revels in dangerous chaos


Raynard Jackson: 6 Black Republicans Trump should consider for his cabinet


Dr. Barbara Reynolds: Remembering Coretta Scott King


Marc Morial: Foreign influence


Cong. Robin Kelly: The Path Forward


Millicent Gorham: Don't increase co-payments for the vulnerable

Where are they now?
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.
Doug Duncan, former Montgomery County executive, is now president/CEO of the Greater Washington Leadership Conference.

Public Pursuits: Who's Who
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
Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
Councilmember Tom Hucker (Dist. 5)
Obie Patterson, Pr. George's County Council
Andrea Harrison, Prince George's County Council
Julian Norment, African American Liaison, Montgomery County