Student Commissioner Wanted for Human Rights Commission

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The Howard County Human Rights Commission is currently accepting
applications for the position of Student Commissioner to serve a one-year term from July 1,
2013 to June 30, 2014 as a non-voting member on the Commission. The deadline for
applications is Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5 p.m.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a student under the age of 18 years old, a Howard County resident, have an interest in human/civil rights and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Applicants must submit an application and a brief essay telling why they want to serve on the commission. Applications are available online at

Interested students can also receive applications by calling the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430. All  completed applications must be mailed to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: David Lee, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by the Human Rights Commissioners. The selected candidate will be sent to the County Executive, who will then submit his recommendation to the County Council for confirmation.

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969 and is composed of 11 voting members and one non-voting student member, all who must live in the county. The Commission’s duties and responsibilities are prescribed by law, and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council concurrently; the authority to make surveys and studies concerning human rights conditions and problems; and the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists. In Howard County, it is illegal to discriminate against individuals based on: race, creed, religion, handicap, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, sexual orientation, personal appearance, familial status, source of income, or gender identity. For more information about the Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, visit, & click on “Departments,” or call 410-313-6430.


Media Contacts:
Mark S. Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
C. Vernon Gray, Administrator, Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430


Were Africans the First Americans?

imhotepThat’s the question that Dr. David Imhotep seeks to answer for us. Join him on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:30-4:00pm at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Oella, MD 21228, as he provides documented evidence that may actually support this theory. There is free admission to the “Afternoon with Dr. David Imhotep“, so please plan to attend.


The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund, Apply by May 31, 2013

This Scholarship became available recently! Don’t delay.
 Deadline to apply: May 31, 2013
The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States
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Eligibility Requirements
Qualified  applicants must be a high school senior, college student, and/or  between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a vocational or trade  school. All applicants must be a US Citizen and complete the on-line application no later than the published  deadline date, which is May 31, 2013.
The  Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers  scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools,  students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of  2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. but desire a  higher educational opportunity. This group is generally not the  recipients of college scholarships and is typically ignored by the Board  of Education.
The Shawn Carter Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to any  under-served student across the United States who desires a higher  education. One of the key questions asked by the Foundation when  students apply for a scholarship is: What are your plans to give back to  the community?.
This scholarship is open to the public. Please apply before the deadline May 31, 2013. Thanks.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in 13th annual Chess Tournament!

On Saturday, April 27th, we held our 13th Annual Chess Tournament with the Black Student Achievement Program(BSAP) at the Saturday Math Academy at Oakland Mill High School.  82 children from elementary, middle and high schools in Howard County participated in the event.

There was stiff competition and many tight matches.  Everyone had a good time and especially enjoyed the awarding of trophies, medals and pizza…or should we say the eating of pizza at the Pizza Party held afterwards.

The Council has been partnering with the BSAP for over 13 Years in teaching children Chess and Critical Thinking, and have tutored around 150 children this year.

Special thanks to Elders Wardell Lindsay and Harvey Moran for their Leadership of the Chess Program and to Harriet Lee for the volunteers that made the year a success.

Thank you for joining us at Bob Evans!

On May 1st from 10am-8pm, The Council of Elders held a fundraiser to benefit our programs and activities at three Maryland area Bob Evans restaurants in our community:

Bob Evans, 8325 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD
Bob Evans, 4900 Beaver Run Way, Ellicott City, MD
Bob Evans, 3361 Corridor Market Place, Laurel, MD

We just wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You”, for answering the call and coming out to support us. Even being one of the last ones to show up at the Benson Drive location (around 7:45pm), we still managed to see many of you there with your families. It was great getting the chance to speak with so many of you who share our vision for the black students and families in our community.

Thank you for your support!!!