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James L. Stowe, Director

James L. Stowe, Director
Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights


2015 Children of the Dream Award and the Humanitarian Award

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking nominations for the Children of the Dream Award, and the Humanitarian Award.


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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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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.



2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom TourSAVE THE DATE!  2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour. If you missed this year's sold-out event be sure to mark your calendar for next year! 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. See photos from the 2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour.

Human Rights Day 2014PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS . . .  The Montgomery County Council on Dec. 9 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: James Stowe, director of the Office of Human Rights; Tina Patterson of the County’s Human Rights Commission; Council President George Leventhal, who presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council; Commissioner Terry Vann; Commission Chair Russell Campbell; and Commissioner Alejandro Becerra.

Ban the Box“Ban the Box,” or the Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Law, assists in the successful reintegration into the workforce people with criminal records by removing improper barriers to employment. The law helps to make sure that employers make hiring decisions based on relevant work qualifications without improperly considering a person’s criminal record. The law does this by restricting when during the application process an employer can inquire about someone’s criminal history. Read More Here.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee Humanitarian and Children of the Dream Awards
was presented at the MLK Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015. Montgomery County, the City of Gaithersburg, the City of Takoma Park and the Town of Garrett Park jointly sponsors this celebration, which was held at Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. The theme for program was “Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember.”  Check back soon to see recipients of this award.

2015 Literary Contest
2015 Literary Contest and Visual Arts Show.
In observance of the Montgomery County Maryland’s 2015 Celebration of Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee along with the City of Gaithersburg and The Gazette Newspaper invited all Montgomery County elementary, middle and high school student to participateClick here for more information.




2014 Literary ContestHuman Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Sunday, October 12, 2014 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights hosted 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 was "Advancing New Strategies for Human & Civil Rights". See 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees.


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 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.



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