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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.

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Bullying Awarness Month- October 2014: Students from Sherwood High School Produced an Anti-Bullying Video Entitled "One."
This video submission for the "2014 No Bullying Challenge" won them a trip to Hollywood.  See video here.

A Bullying in Schools: Town Hall Meeting, was held Sunday September 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Lets Hear Your Voices on Prevention and Intervention Strategies! The keynote speaker for this event was Mr. Johnnie Williams III, National Youth Advocate. This meeting was presented by the Montgomery County Committee on Hate Violence.

2014 Literary Contest

Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will host its eighth biennial Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. The Human Rights Hall of Fame mission is to honor individuals who have made great personal sacrifices in contributing to human and civil rights in Montgomery County, either as trailblazer of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. This year's theme is "Advancing New Strategies for Human & Civil Rights". More.

2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour Mark Your Calendar. Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, April 6 - 11, 2015 . This fun filled and educational tour travels south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour will retrace 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 more information!


Small Business FlyerCounty, State & Federal Employment Law Update & Information Breakfast Tuesday, September 30th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Participants learned about new and emerging Employment Laws and Regulations. This event was presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery  County Human Rights Commission. Sign language and other accomodations were available. See flyer for details.



Human Rights CampHuman Rights Camp. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp". The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp here.


2014 Friendship PicnicMontgomery County Friendship Picnic Sunday, September 14th drew approximately 1,000 people to Wheaton Regional Park. Bringting Together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths. Many gathered to have fun and meet new friends for a better community. There was plenty of activities and rides for the kids, live music, dancing, Zumba and entertainment for all! Food and beverages were provided so everyone could relax and enjoy the afternoon. Sign language interpreter and other accommodations were also available. See photos from this event.


Juneteenth CelebrationJuneteenth Celebration at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. Montgomery County, Maryland’s Office of Community Partnerships, Office of Human Rights Office of Human Resources - EEO Compliance Unit, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery College, NAACP - Montgomery County Chapter and The Lincoln Park Historical Foundation Proudly Presented Montgomery County’s 18th Annual Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia by the Colored People, in Washington, DC, April 19, 1866. This event was held June 17th. Spreading the Good News in Words and Song with Dignity and Excellence! See photos from this event here.


2014 Literary ContestSee photos and videos from various events and/or activities of the Office of Human Rights.  Photos include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the MLK, Jr. Committee and events such as 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 Day- December 10, 2014. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Last year on Human Rights Day the Montgomery County Council 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.






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