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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 Humanitarian and Children of the Dream Awards was presented at the MLK Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015.


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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.



County, State Employment Law Update & Information BreakfastMontgomery County Employment Law Updates & Information Breakfast Tuesday, October 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Participants will learn about new and emerging Employment Laws and Regulations. This event is presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. Sign language and other accommodations will be available. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 23, 2015. 

Click here to Register online.

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County, State & Federal Employment Law Update & Information BreakfastMontgomery College will hold its first ever Mediation Colloquium on the college’s Germantown Campus on November 11, 2015.  The day-long Mediation Colloquium will bring together mediators from around the state for lectures and discussions.  Over lunch, attendees will hear a panel discussion on the Future of Mediation in Maryland featuring Jonathan Rosenthal, the incoming Director of the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), Jack Carpenter, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Mediation Center, and Donna Duquette, a past president of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR).  MCDR is a co-sponsor of the Colloquium. For more information click here.


2015 Montgomery County Friendship PicnicMontgomery County Friendship Picnic held Sunday, September 20, 2015. Brought Together Communities with Diverse Cultures and Faiths. Many will gather to have fun and meet new friends for a better community. The participants enjoyed many activities including rides for the kids, live music, dancing, Zumba and entertainment for all! Food and beverages were  provided so everyone can relax and enjoy the afternoon! Sign language interpreter and other accommodations were also available. See flyer from event. Here.

Mosaic: An African American Perspective is a monthly half-hour cable show aired on County Cable Montgomery, the County government cable access channel, found on Channel 30 on the Verizon Cable system, and Channel 6 on the RCN and Comcast Systems. Watch host Deborah Milo as she discusses the third annual Friendship Picnic with Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. Watch Now


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 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. Registration Deadline, Friday, October 2, 2015. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp here.


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 participate




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.

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