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Montgomery County OHR Events and Information

May 2018

Montgomery County Employment Laws Updates & Information. Women in the Work Place.
 Come and learn what you need to know about new and emerging Employment Laws and Regulations. This event was held Thursday, May 31, 2018, 8:00 – 12:00 Noon, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast provided.  Sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids or services are available upon request.  See flyer for details .

April 2018

The Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. Is the Answer”,  was held  on Sunday April 22, 2018. This event was Free to the Public. Participants viewed this powerful documentary featuring Chief Melvin Russell, Baltimore City Police Dept. and other notable community leaders. A panel discussion with community leaders followed. See Flyer here.

2018 One Stop Fair Housing ShopMontgomery County One Stop Fair Housing Shop: A Fair Housing Educational Form, held Monday, April 30, 2018, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM. FREE lunch provided and Certificate of Training awarded. County Exhibitors will display informational materials. Please note – late arrivals will not receive award.  This event is designed to educate professionals, citizens, advocates and property managers in the housing industry about, Section 8 HUD voucher as Source of Income, disability and reasonable accommodation provisions, common ownership community requirements, Respect Space-parking for handicap, Landlord-Tenant issues, population demography in the county, current regulations, legal updates and compliance. This educational seminar is a free event and will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veteran Plaza (8525 Fenton Street), Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.  REGISTER HERE.

2018 Civl Rights TourMaryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience, April 7 - 15.
 Partcipants embarked on an inspiration-filled educational experience travelling south to explore the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. Retracing the Freedom Trail and learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, the Mongomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro Sit-ins, Voting Rights and other significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement. Other sites visited included the Lorraine Motel, Central High School, the home of Medgar Evers and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Traveling on a state-of-the-art bus equipped with WiFi.  The Maryland Civil Rights Educational Experience was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the committee Founder.  See event itinerary here.

JAN 2018
Montgomery County  Annual  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tribute and Celebration - Concert Hall January 15, 2018. Montgomery County celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s life through dramatic readings, music, and dance performances. This will be the first time in many years the holiday falls on his actual birthday, making this program particularly significant, with very special entertainment including a choral performance by the civil rights iconic Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir from Birmingham, Alabama. A visual art display from students interpreting what their dreams are for the future were also be presented. See Flyer Here.

Free tickets were required for this event, and distributed onsite the day of the performance (Monday, January 15) starting at 2:30pmAll patrons must be in line to receive tickets, and one ticket will be distributed per person. The line will form in the Music Center foyer, starting near the café. Patrons may enter on the 3rd floor near the skybridge.
Tickets are for general admission seating, which will begin at 3pm, The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 20852-3385.  This concert is not presented by Strathmore.

DEC. 2017
Montgomery County Employment Laws & Information Breakfast, Thursday, December 7th from 8:30 a.m. – Noon,  at the Rockville Memorial Library2nd floor conference room. Employers come and learn what you need to know about Age Discrimination, Sexual Harassment in the workplace and updates on local laws Earn Sick and Safe Leave, Tipped Employee Reporting Requirements, Ban the Box and Minimum Wage.

Presentations by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, Montgomery County Council Legislative Attorney Office, AARP, The Law Firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulations, Employment Standard Service.  See photos from this event here.

NOV. 2017
Honoring Sue Shoenberg. The Office of Human Rights Mediation Center and Conference Room is officially renamed the Sue Shoenberg Human Rights Mediation Center and Conference Room to honor the late Sue Shoenberg. Mrs. Shoenberg served as a commissioner on the Human Rights Commission for 11 years. She was a lifelong advocate for justice and equality who worked tirelessly to eliminate bigotry, hatred, and violence. Pictured (l to r): Human Rights Vice Chairman William England, County Executive Ike Leggett, Dana Shoenberg, Halley Shoenberg, Bob Shoenberg and Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe.

Saturday, November 19 at 10am, the 19th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade route goes from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring, south on Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring Avenue.

Emcee ABC7/WJLA Meteorologist Brian Van De Graaff, announced the parade and introduced the “Annie” performances by Bravo Productions and MTC Adventure Theater, as well as Maryland Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite performance.  Parade units will consist of eight marching bands; glittering Thanksgiving and Christmas floats; a 12-foot inflatable turkey and penguin; the Montgomery County Recreation “T-Recs” 12-foot dinosaur; beauty queens; fire engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups.  As always, the Parade will culminate with Santa’s float playing holiday music and featuring the smiling, rosy-cheeked elf, sharing his candy canes.

Oct. 2017
The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the many cultures of the DC area with traditional arts, multicultural music, food, dance, and hands-on activities. This event was held at the Montgomery College Rockville on Sunday, October 15th, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm.

The festival promotes cross-cultural understanding by highlighting the cultural diversity of the DC area through immersive activities and performances. Festival attendees participated in a wide variety of traditional arts — like berimbau instrument-making demoed by the Brazilian Espaço Cultural Samba Trovão, or Kolam painting (using rice flour or powdered rock) by apprentices of master artist Shanthi Chandra Sekar. Other traditional arts on display included material arts, performance, ritual, or ceremony. This year’s festival theme was “harvest.”  Read More Here.

June 2017
The Juneteenth Celebration was held Friday, June 16, 2017 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. This event celebrated the commemoration of the events of June 19-1865 – the day Union Major General Gordon Granger officially declared that the institution of slavery was dead. His announcement came after the official issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. 


April 2017 
2017 MARYLAND CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM EXPERIENCE. 2017 Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience held April 8 - 16. The participants of this hour will embark on an inspiration-filled educational experience travelling south to explore the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement.   We will retrace the Freedom Trail and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Greensboro Sit-Ins, Voting Rights and other significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement. Among other numerous sites, we will visit the Lorraine Motel, Central High School, the home of Medgar Evers and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

One-Stop Fair Housing  ShopA Fair Housing Educational Forum, held Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8;30 am – 1:00 pmSilver Spring Civic Building. Participants learned about disability and reasonable accommodation provisions, common ownership community requirements, current regulations and legal updates.

JAN. 2017
County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee held it's Annual Birthday Tribute and Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January, 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m. This year’s tribute and celebration focused on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  relentless pursuit for justice. We were  excited to showcase a diverse group of talented performers who continued King’s legacy of justice through music, word and dance.

This event was held at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
See photos from this event here. 


Dec. 2016
Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Sunday, December 4, 2016 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights hosted its ninth 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 a trailblazerof the past or as current light bearers in the struggle.
See Photos From This Event  here.

Black History Month. Students from the fourth grade class of teacher Melinda Nwoye at Stedwick Elementary School in Gaithersburg helped the Montgomery County Council on Dec. 13, 2016 recognize the annual celebration of Human Rights Day by showing the video they created called “The Lie.”  The video features students of various races and nationalities stressing that people of all nationalities should respect each other and that they are not different just because of their heritage.  Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Craig Rice led the ceremonies in Rockville, which were also joined by James Stowe, the director of the County’s Office of Human Rights, and Stedwick Principal Margaret Pastor. The video of the Council Proclamation Presentaion can be viewed at



Montgomery County Office of Human Rights · 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · MD Relay: 7-1-1

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